The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), was awarded “Best Islamic Trade Finance Institution 2018” at the 8th Global Islamic Finance Awards (GIFA) on September 29, 2018, held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Award was accepted by Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol, Chief Executive Officer, ITFC in the presence of the President of Bosnia and Herzegovina, His Excellency Bakir Izetbegović.
Since its inception in 2008, ITFC, a member of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDB), has risen to become one of the world’s most important facilitators of trade and financing in Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries.
Commenting on the occasion, Eng. Sonbol said, “ITFC is honoured to accept this Award from GIFA, which comes at a momentous milestone as we commemorate 10 years of development impact. The Award is a validation of ITFC’s founding values of advancing trade and improving lives through Islamic trade finance. The recognition underscores the ever growing importance, relevance and viability of Islamic trade finance in rising above today’s global market volatility to do its part in facilitating a new era of global trade. ”
Over the past 10 years, ITFC has played a pivotal role in supporting its Member Countries to access trade finance and create development impact across a range of areas including economic growth, job creation, youth empowerment, poverty alleviation and access to electricity.
To date the Corporation has provided over US$40.2 billion in financing to meet its Member Countries’ needs. Since inception, almost 70percent of its transaction volume went towards supporting intra-regional trade amounting to US$ 28.5 billion.
In line with its new Strategy and to respond to the needs of member Countries, ITFC in 2017 took major steps to enhance synergies between trade finance and trade development to achieve ITFC’s three main strategic objectives of expanding intra-OIC Trade, supporting the diversification process of Member Countries’ economies and driving global growth of Islamic finance.
GIFA 2018 presented awards in more than 60 categories to celebrate the success of institutions and individuals from around the world who are charting new territories in the world of Islamic trade and finance. The Award has grown over the years to become one of the highly coveted and most respectable market-led awards in Islamic banking and finance in the world. Past GIFA Laureates have included His Excellency Ismaily Omar Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti (2017) and His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of Republic of Indonesia (2016) amongst many other illustrious and notable world leaders.