Jul 02 2009
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Standard & Poor's Voted Best Takaful Ratings Agency
We published our first Takaful rating in 1997 and we remain the leading rating agency for Islamic insurers, with eight ratings on Takaful and Retakaful firms across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia--more than any other global agency. During 2008, we published updated guidance on our approach to rating Islamic insurers and assigned new ratings to Bahraini-based composite insurer Takaful International Co. BSC, Kuwait-based insurer Wethaq Takaful Insurance Co. K.S.C., and Dubai-based insurer Dubai Islamic Insurance & Reinsurance Co. (Aman) .
"We are thrilled to be recognized by the Islamic finance community for our continuing support of the Shariah-compliant risk-management industry, which is driving increased acceptance and understanding of the Takaful business model," said Yann Le Pallec, managing director of Standard & Poor's. "We continue to experience strong demand for new ratings from both Islamic and traditional insurers worldwide."
The International Takaful Awards 2009 are an initiative of the Middle East Business Forum and Afkar Consulting. Winners were selected from a pool of nominees by a panel of Shariah judges, lawyers, journalists, and practitioners from leading Islamic insurance firms worldwide.
Standard & Poor's, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world's foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit http://www.standardandpoors.com.
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