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Central Bank of Bahrain analyst achieves exceptional score to win global prize for
03 : 20 PM - 20/03/2012
Manama, March 20 (BNA) -- Jawad Mohammed has received the distinction of becoming the highest scoring candidate in the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Islamic Finance Qualification (IFQ).

Jawad, a bank analyst with the Central Bank of Bahrain, achieved this award from a cohort of over 350 candidates worldwide with an exceptional exam score of 96% - one of the highest results in any exam in the history of the Institute.

The IFQ is a stand-alone global qualification covering Islamic finance from a technical and Sharia'a perspective, providing the first international benchmark in the area of Islamic finance. Last year, it was taken by candidates in 32 countries around the world, including all the Gulf Cooperation Council nations.

Presenting him with the award, the Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain, HE Mr. Rasheed M. Al Maraj said: “I congratulate Jawad on this fine achievement. We welcome the collaboration with the CISI in introducing appropriate training programs that promote the adoption of global best practices and professional qualifications which will enable industry professionals to provide sound financial advice.”

Of his award, Jawad said: "I am delighted to achieve the highest score in the Islamic Finance Qualification for the 2011 intake. The IFQ further enhanced my knowledge about Islamic banking and finance, especially as the course material is very well written and provides information on theoretical background and practical implementation. Many thanks to the CISI for offering such a useful program."

"Improving the professional skills of those who work in banks and other financial firms is a key factor in maintaining confidence in the system," said Mr Khalid Rashid Al Zayani, President of the CISI Advisory Council in Bahrain. "Membership of a global professional body such as the CISI gives young Bahrainis a solid foundation for their careers."

Simon Culhane, Chartered FCSI and CISI CEO said: “With the support of his employer Jawad has achieved an outstanding result and increased his professionalism, skills and competence which will be an asset to his colleagues and clients.”

Jawad was one of over 100 top exam performers recognised at the CISI's Awards ceremony at London's Mansion House this month. It was the Institute's 19th annual awards ceremony and prizes were given in a record 56 categories. Winners were selected from candidates who have taken almost 33,000 exams in over 70 countries in 2011.

The IFQ was developed by the CISI following an initiative by the Central Bank of Lebanon and the Lebanese Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA).

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