ICD plans new finance company launch
Jeddah, December 4, 2012
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) recently hosted a meeting with shareholders for a new national home finance company being launched under the brand name of Bidaya.
The meeting was held at ICD headquarters to discuss the status of Bidaya’s development and to plan and agree upon on crucial next steps leading to the company’s launch, a statement from the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group said.
Khaled Al-Aboodi, chief executive of ICD, said: “The passage of the mortgage law and recent release of draft regulations are giving the industry much needed clarity and direction. The commitment of ICD and the Public Investment Fund are now augmented by an influential group of investors which includes some of the Kingdom’s top institutions and family offices.”
“These investors recognise Bidaya’s social impact in facilitating home ownership across the Kingdom and agree that the time is ripe for a platform like this. The consensus from the meeting is that Bidaya should push forward aggressively in order to be launch-ready in time with a finalisation of regulations.”
Capitas Group International (CGI), an international management firm with experience in setting up and launching Shari’ah-compliant mortgage and real estate finance platforms, has been working under the direction of the Bidaya sponsors to prepare the platform for launch.
“We are excited about moving forward. Our team is focused on achieving full operational readiness and will now start to address the last phase of platform delivery which includes system testing, key personnel recruitment and location identification and build out,” said Naveed Siddiqui, chief executive of CGI.
With the firm backing of its sponsors, Bidaya's development has been ongoing despite uncertainties caused by the previous delays in the passage of the mortgage law, the statement said.
As the founding sponsor of the venture since 2010, ICD has remained committed to the project and now expects Bidaya to be ready to submit its application for an official license as soon as regulations under the mortgage law are finalised by Sama.
ICD is an active investor in housing- related initiatives. It is a major sponsor of Ewaan Global Residential Company, which is developing several residential projects in Jeddah and Riyadh.
The company is also working to expand options for Shari’ah- compliant real estate finance in several other OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) markets, in collaboration with CGI, it said.
In addition to the housing sector in Saudi Arabia, ICD is also a key sponsor in a SR1 billion ($0.27 billion) SME Fund, which also includes investment from the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank. – TradeArabia News Service