Public sector funding and debt management: a case for GDP-linked sukuk

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Despite the huge amount of wealth in the hand of Muslims, most countries with Muslim majority population fall in the category of developing nations. The development of infrastructure has been proven to be an effective means for economic growth and poverty reduction. Usually governments have recourse to conventional debt financing to undertake infrastructure projects. However, this form of financing is unsuitable in an Islamic framework due to the prohibition of interest. Moreover, the recurrent sovereign debt crises over the last few decades stresses the importance of debt management that helps avoid the high costs of these forms of catastrophe. Debt indexation to some indicators from the real economy (like GDP or Commodity price) has been identified as an effective means for the reduction of sovereign default. Such an idea has the property of strengthening the linkage between the real and the financial sectors of the economy and allows risk sharing between the parties involved in the transaction. In spite of the convergence of such an idea with the spirit of Islamic finance, the Ṣukūk market has not yet taken advantage of it.
GDP-linked sukuk , Forward ijarah , Backtesting
Diaw, A., Bacha, O. I., & Lahsasna, A. (2014). Public sector funding and debt management: a case for GDP-linked sukuk. Islamic Economic Studies, 22(1), 185-216.
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