Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank uses blockchain to sell sukuk in secondary market

The Islamic bank used the distributed ledger technology, best known as the underpinning of crypto-currency Bitcoin. (File/AFP)
Updated 26 November 2018
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Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank uses blockchain to sell sukuk in secondary market

  • “Al Hilal Bank is aiming to transform the sukuk market through embracing blockchain and integrating it into their infrastructure, paving the way for innovative digitized Islamic sukuk”
  • Blockchain technology is expected to simplify issuance and trading, and also improve regulatory oversight

DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s Al Hilal Bank has executed the world’s first sukuk transaction using blockchain technology, it said on Monday.
The Islamic bank used the distributed ledger technology, best known as the underpinning of crypto-currency Bitcoin, to sell and settle in the secondary market a small portion of its $500 million five-year sukuk, issued in September.
“Al Hilal Bank is aiming to transform the sukuk market through embracing blockchain and integrating it into their infrastructure, paving the way for innovative digitized Islamic sukuk,” it said.
A bank spokeswoman said the size of the deal was $1 million, sold by Al Hilal to a private investor.
Applied to capital raising exercises, blockchain technology is expected to simplify issuance and trading, and also improve regulatory oversight.
The World Bank issued in August the world’s first public bond using only blockchain.
Jibrel Network, a Switzerland-headquartered fintech company with offices in Dubai, was involved in the transaction.


Iraq has enough oil capacity to meet customer needs: oil minister

Updated 25 April 2019
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Iraq has enough oil capacity to meet customer needs: oil minister

  • Thamer Ghadhban also says there are no acute oil shortages for the time being
  • but Iraq would continue to monitor the market to assess the need for additional supply

BAGHDAD: Iraq’s oil minister said on Thursday his country had the capacity to increase its oil production to 6 million barrels per day (bpd) if needed, but it was committed to OPEC-led output cuts and would not take unilateral action to boost supply.
Thamer Ghadhban also said there were no acute oil shortages for the time being, but Iraq would continue to monitor the market to assess the need for additional barrels at the next OPEC meeting.
On Monday, the United States decided not to renew exemptions from sanctions against Iran granted last year to buyers of Iranian oil, taking a tougher line than expected and triggering a rally in oil prices on fears of oil supply shortages.