Published On:04 February 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

BRUNEI: Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance & Management launched

By Lyna Mohamad

Her Royal Highness Princess Hajah Hafizah Sururul Bolkiah yesterday (February 2, 2012) attended the official launching of the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management (CIBFM) and its first flagship, the Fiqh Mu’amalat Professional programme.

Held at the Indera Kayangan Ballroom of The Empire Hotel and Country Club, the launch opened with recitations of surah al-Fatihah and doa led by Pehin Orang Kaya Paduka Seri Raja Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Suhaili Hj Mohiddin.

On hand to officiate the launch of the centre and the programme was Acting Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Awg Hj Bahrin Abdullah.

In his opening remarks, Permanent Secretary (Policy) at the Ministry of Finance cum Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Centre for Islamic Banking, Finance and Management Hj Shahbudin Hj Musa, in his capacity as chairman of the event, highlighted the objective of the establishment, function and roles of CIBFM, as well as the unique features of the Fiqh Mu’amalat Professional programme.

He emphasised on the centre’s role towards providing continuous learning and development programmes through a balanced mix of Islamic and conventional focus including the required soft skills.

He also shared future plans of the centre, which expects to offer and conduct some 50 programmes targeted for about 800 participants this year.

The launch saw the attendance of members of the Syariah Financial Supervisory Board, senior government officials, CEOs, managing directors and representatives of financial institutions and the first batch of the flagship.

In conjunction with the launching, a seminar in the form of special presentations and penal discussions by both local and well-known Syariah scholars and speakers were also held.

Following the opening ceremony, a special presentation was presented on Syariah Advisors for Islamic Financial Institutions – ‘Expectations and Challenges’ by a leading shariah scholar in Islamic Finance, Dr Mohamed Ali Elgari.

This was then followed by panel discussions on ‘Effective Human Capital Development – Mitigating the Gap on Applied Syariah Knowledge and Finance’ and another special presentation on ‘Value Propositions of Syariah Board in Contemporary Islamic Financial Market.’

The presentation delivered by founder and chairman of Amanie Advisors (Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Luxembourg and Cairo), Dr Mohd Daud Bakar, concluded the morning event.

Later in the afternoon the event saw a continuation of panel discussions on Development of Islamic Investment Products and Services – A Local and Global Perspective and ‘Syariah Compliance Review – An Art or Science?’

(Courtesy: Brunei.fm)

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