Sukuk Markets: A Proposed Approach for Development

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Ketut Ariadi Kusuma

World Bank - International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Anderson Caputo Silva

World Bank

Date Written: December 1, 2014


The issuance of sukuk, as an instrument in Islamic finance, has been growing in recent years. Many policy makers and businesses are looking at the sukuk markets as sources of long-term financing. The paper identifies key issues impeding further development of sukuk markets globally, namely, standardization of structures and practices, investor protection concerns relating to insolvency and governance regimes, and market liquidity. The paper also offers approaches in developing domestic sukuk markets and in accessing the international market. The authors suggest that, in developing domestic sukuk markets, policy makers use a framework similar to that of the development of conventional bond markets, that is, by establishing (1) well-functioning money markets, (2) efficient primary markets and securities-offering regimes, (3) a robust and diversified investor base, (4) a market infrastructure that facilitates trading, price transparency, and efficient clearing and settlement of transactions, (5) derivatives market and hedging tools to support risk management by issuers and investors, and (6) a credible legal and regulatory framework. In accessing the international market, the issues policy makers or potential sukuk issuers should consider include awareness of and knowledge of sukuk, legal foundation, taxation, governance, and obligors' credit rating.

Keywords: Capital Flows, Securities Markets Policy & Regulation, Islamic Finance, Capital Markets and Capital Flows

Suggested Citation

Kusuma, Ketut Ariadi and Silva, Anderson Caputo, Sukuk Markets: A Proposed Approach for Development (December 1, 2014). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7133, Available at SSRN:

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Anderson Caputo Silva

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