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Emerging Libyan bank signs deal with Oracle FSS

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

BENGHAZI – Yaqeen Bank, a relatively new player on the Libyan market, has signed with Oracle Financial Services Software (FSS) to use Flexcube as its core platform and Oracle Banking Digital Experience for digital channels.

“Choosing the right digital-focused Shariah-compliant technology was the cornerstone for our entry into the Libyan market,” says Hussein Shagroni, the bank’s CEO.

The project was driven by a committee of business and technical experts and supervised directly by the executive committee and shareholding group.

“Our vision is to offer Shariah-compliant services through a completely digitized landscape,” he states.

The bank evaluated Finastra, Infosys, International Turnkey Systems (ITS), Temenos, Path Solutions and Oracle FSS. Temenos, Oracle and Path made it to the shortlist, followed by the final between Path and Oracle.

So why Oracle? “It has a proven track record in Libya,” Shagroni explains. He also cites Flexcube’s broad user base of Islamic banks worldwide ­– over 75 takers across 34 countries – and its compliance with the Accounting and Auditing Organisation for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI) standards.

Flexcube supports a wide range of Shariah-compliant financial instruments, including Mudarabah, Wadiah, Wakalah, Murabaha, Tawarruq, Ijarah, Musharakh, Sukuk and Istisna.

“Also, from a digital perspective, we felt that the vendor has invested heavily in its digital offering,” Shagroni adds.

The project has recently kicked off and the bank is in the product walk-through and gap analysis phase. The implementation will be done in Tunisia, where the hardware will be hosted.

Flexcube will support Islamic core banking, payments, retail, corporate, origination and digital functionality at Yaqeen Bank.

“The new technology will help us digitize the full landscape of the bank’s operations, eliminate manual processes and heavy costs of operation, deliver superior customer experience, and achieve a noticeable market share,” Shagroni concludes.

Elsewhere, Oracle FSS is understood to have recently gained another new taker of its Islamic version of Flexcube – National Bank of Egypt (NBE) in Sudan. It will replace the Ethix solution from the aforementioned ITS.

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