It was on the 16th & 17th of December 2013 when Edbiz Consulting organized the inaugural Islamic Finance Access Programme (IFAP) in Pakistan. The two day training workshop was held at the Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. Delegates included practitioners from Meezan Bank, Bank Alfalah, United Bank Limited – Ameen, Muslim Commercial Bank, Soneri Bank, Habib Metropolitan Bank, MCB-Arif Habib Savings & Investment Limited and Habib Bank Limited. Academics included faculty members from Quaid e Azam University, Bahria University, University of Arid Agriculture Rawalpindi, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science & Technology, National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad and Fatima Jinnah Women University.
Topics in the IFAP included a detailed overview of the principles of Islamic finance, exploring the effects of Riba. This naturally transitioned into an evaluation of Islamic legal contracts and their application to modern day finance before embarking on a discussion of Islamic fund management and modarabas in Pakistan. Lead trainer was Dr. Humayon Dar. Other trainers included Mr Kamal Mehmood Mian (Director Fast Cables & Former Head of Islamic Banking at Saudi Hollandi Bank), Mr Muhammad Saleem Ranjha (Director Akhuwat), Mr Amer Khalil-ur-Rehman (PhD fellow at IIUI & Former Head of Islamic Corporates & Structured Finance Askari Bank), Mr Imran Hussain Minhas (Joint Registrar Modarabas/Islamic Financial Institutions at SECP).