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IsDBI Issues Report on Role of Artificial Intelligence in Enhancing Financial Inclusion

Jeddah, The Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) has published a new report highlighting how Islamic finance and artificial intelligence can enhance financial inclusion.

Entitled “Artificial Intelligence and Islamic Finance: A Catalyst for Financial Inclusion”, the report provides a comprehensive Islamic finance framework for financial inclusion, identifies the major challenges hindering the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI), and recommends solutions to leverage Islamic finance using AI to enhance financial inclusion.

The report recommends a holistic solution for financing small and medium enterprises with two pillars that provide easy access to capital more efficiently.

The first pillar is forming a sustainable and inclusive framework consisting of a staggered approach that maps the need for microentrepreneurs at different business development levels to achieve financial inclusion. The proposed Islamic finance framework has the potential to build an inclusive national-level framework for access to finance, enabling all segments of society without increasing indebtedness.

The second pillar is developing a financial infrastructure that recognizes access to capital as a need of the economy. A resilient infrastructure helps with better and efficient delivery of financial services. The infrastructure in this context is built on both physical and intellectual capabilities.

Financial technology’s intellectual contribution may include better storage, speedy analysis and use of alternative data and application of AI for decision making.

The financial pillar aims to capture, store, and make available all possible touchpoints necessary to reduce information asymmetry and increase access to capital.

Digital infrastructure is the most critical element of the overall financial infrastructure, especially as data inclusion leads to financial inclusion.

Source: Saudi Press Agency