Those interested in building their knowledge of Alternative/Islamic Finance opportunities might want to check out the Sukuk Asia Forum 2010 in Jakarta. Sukuk (Islamic bonds) have been getting a lot more press in recent times thanks to the financial crisis and those who consider them far more secure than ‘traditional’ debt trading. While some Western countries (especially Europe) have taken a token interest and a few Middle Eastern operations have faltered, many are looking to Southeast Asia with its combination of financial savvy and large Muslim populations to show the rest of the world what can be achieved. That much of the general public in well-populated markets like Indonesia are unaware of Islamic investment alternatives is seen as another potential for growth.

The forum will run from 21-22 September 2010 and will focus on issues like innovative product development, risk management, arbitration in resolving sukuk defaults, and the globalization of Islamic Finance.