• 03 Sep

    PRESS RELEASE: 3rd September 2018, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire



    CIBAFI and CESAG launched the second session of Certified Islamic Banker Programme this time in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

    as part of a series of CIB programmes in the WAEMU region


    3rd September 2018, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire | The General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI), the umbrella of Islamic financial institutions and Centre Africain d'Etudes Supérieures en Gestion (CESAG) of the Central Bank of West African Economic and Monetary Union (BCEAO), launched this morning the second session of Certified Islamic Banker programme for the period from 3 – 8 September 2018 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.



    The Certified Islamic Banker (CIB) Programme is delivered in French language and aims to enhance Islamic finance and banking sector staff’s skills and competencies.


    This CIB programme is one of the high demanded certificates among other professional development certificates in the islamic finance industry, as it provides the participants with solid concepts in the Islamic finance and enhances their career development, as well as the possibility of future specialization in different banking fields.  CIB is not only necessary for those who are working in the Islamic finance industry; it is rather needed by all those who are dealing with Islamic financial institutions, university graduates, those who are wishing to pursue a career in Islamic financial institutions and new entrants.




    The programme also serves as a defining criterion for every Islamic finance organization. The number of staff’s certificate holders reflects the overall quality of organization’s staff and informs the level of their qualifications and professional commitment to Islamic banking.


    The CIB is launched in this part of the world at a time when the BCEAO, the common central bank of the 8 countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), has begun the release of the first instructions for the regulation of Islamic finance operations in the WAEMU countries. This builds the foundation for interesting development prospects for this innovative finance in these countries, for the years to come.





    Commenting on the programme, Mr. Abdelilah Belatik, CIBAFI Secretary General said: “It is our pleasure to be working again with CESAG to bring this second series of the CIBAFI CIB programme this time in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, following the positive and high demand we received after a successful programme in Senegal. It is our mission to support the Islamic financial services industry globally, and especially in the frontier markets that need special attention from the more advanced markets.


    In his opening remarks, Dr. Abdoul Karim DIAW, the manager of CESAG Islamic Finance Programs has magnified the growing interest that Institutions offering Islamic Financial Services (ISFI), in the French speaking West African region have towards the CIB. He announced the organization of other certificates, besides the CIB, in the upcoming months. The Abidjan session of the CIB received a number of  participants, consisting mainly of directors and heads of branches in the ISFIs of 5 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry and Mali).


    The initiative is aligned with CIBAFI’s fourth Strategic Objective of Professional Development, and in particular CIBAFI’s endeavor to enhance capacity building in the Islamic Financial Services Industry (IFSI). CIBAFI, as the ‘voice’ of the industry, aims to provide platforms such as these to develop human capital and bring industry professionals together to encourage dialogue and enhance knowledge sharing on more relevant matters of the Islamic Financial Service Industry.


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