DUBAI, UAE, February 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Today Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance, the most heavily enrolled Islamic finance training and certification institute in the world with over 20,000 paying users, announced that it has granted Infinity Consultants, an India-based advisory firm, rights to exclusively market and sell Ethica training across India.
Bids for the much sought after Ethica country exclusivity license began last year and were concluded recently. Other country exclusivity licenses currently under discussion include ones for Pakistan, Oman, Australia, Nigeria, France, and Germany. Ethica is currently offered in 43 countries and this will be the first time a partner has the right to exclusively sell Ethica to an entire country.
Ethica's entry into India may be a critical turning point for bringing Islamic finance to a growing economic powerhouse with over 150 million Muslims. In the industry, only Ethica's e-learning platform is 100% online and fully AAOIFI-compliant. That means whether Ethica is training one user, a group of college students, or the entire staff of a bank, training duration remains only 4 months. For a country with limited professionals trained in Islamic finance, the Ethica-Infinity partnership could prove historic.
Saif Ahmed, Managing Partner at Infinity and a former Islamic banker said, "In less than 4 months, Indian residents now get a globally recognized certificate in Islamic finance at a cost that is affordable from the comfort of their own home or office - something which was not possible before. This is a critical step for Shariah-compliant liquidity to find its way into India through infrastructure and private equity investments."
Ethica is also launching special pricing for Indian residents, now available at http://www.EthicaInstitute.com/Infinity/Register.aspx. Ethica's core product is their 4-month Certified Islamic Finance Executive (CIFE) program, the only 100% AAOIFI-compliant and 100% online Islamic finance certificate in the market today. AAOIFI stands for the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions, the leading Islamic finance standard in the world and the de facto standard for over 90% of the world's jurisdictions.
Ethica's spokesperson said, "In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, governments around the world recognize the precariousness of purely conventional capital markets and the need for asset-backed, equity-based finance. If India is going to attract Shariah-compliant investment at this critical time, when Gulf liquidity is fast making decisions about where to go next amid a growing Euro crisis, it will first have to train its professionals in AAOIFI-based Islamic finance."
About Infinity Consultants
Infinity Consultants (http://www.infinity-consult.com) is a Shariah-compliant advisory firm based out of Bangalore, India focused on providing corporate finance advisory to clients in the GCC region and advising on cross-border investments between India and the Middle East with a track record of over 30 executed engagements. Infinity is also pioneering several Islamic finance initiatives in India as part of its mission to introduce an ethical alternative to the conventional interest-based financial system. Infinity's key resource base is its human capital with team members bringing a wealth of experience in investment banking, private equity, management consulting, and Islamic finance in the US, UK, Gulf, and Indian markets. To learn more about Ethica's training programs in India, please call +91-80-6547-3517 or e-mail at email@example.com.
About Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance
Winner of "Best Islamic Finance Qualification" at the 2011 Global Islamic Finance Awards, Ethica (http://www.EthicaInstitute.com) is chosen by more professionals and students for Islamic finance training and certification than any other organization in the world. With over 20,000 paying users in 43 countries, the Dubai-based institute is accredited by leading scholars and serves banks, universities, and professionals across over 100 organizations. To watch an Ethica training video click here http://bit.ly/FCWhyIF. For more information about this article, or to schedule an interview with Ethica Institute of Islamic Finance, please call Sameer Hasan at +971-4-311-6724 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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