In a bid to accelerate the growth of the country's Islamic finance sector, Indonesia president Joko Widodo announced last week the new National Committee for Islamic Finance (KNKS) will appoint six professionals to serve on its executive board. The goal is for Islamic finance to reach at least 15 percent market share by 2023 from around 5 percent currently.
At the end of 2016, Islamic banking market share stood at 356.5 trillion Indonesian rupiah ($26.7 billion), equivalent to 5.03 percent of the total banking sector's assets.
Islamic banking assets have risen faster year-on-year compared to conventional banking, registering growth of 8.8 percent in 2015 and 20.3 percent in 2016.
Conventional banking assets grew 8.6 percent in 2015 and 10.4 percent in 2016.
HOW TO GET TO 15 PCT?
To boost the growth of the Islamic finance industry, the Indonesian government last year released a 10-year Islamic finance masterplan that consists of action plans and interventions covering important aspects of the industry such as capital adequacy, human resources development, governance, consumer protection, and financial safety nets.
In June this year, the government released plans of seven strategic programmes as part of the 10-year roadmap, which includes initiatives to strengthen capacity of Islamic financial institutions and increasing the availability and variety of Shariah-compliant financial products.
Most recently, the government announced the establishment of a new haj fund management agency (BPKH) that will take over the 95.2 trillion rupiah ($7.14 billion) fund from the government.
President Widodo hopes the national Islamic finance committee will be able to channel haj funds into Islamic banks and is pushing BPKH to make investments in infrastructure projects to help plug a funding gap of $500 billion.
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