"After the crisis, it is not a simple issue. A stable banking system is important for us," he said.
Seeking to diversify its financial industry after a banking crisis, energy-rich Kazakhstan is drawing on Arab and Malaysian investment in an effort to build an Islamic finance industry among its 13 million Muslims.
Abu Dhabi's Al Hilal was first bank to respond when Kazakhstan passed new laws in 2009 to allow an Islamic finance industry. The bank opened its Kazakh offices in March 2010 with a capital of $36 million.
Issekeshev said demand for Islamic banking is growing "very fast" in Central Asian countries.
A delegation led by Issekeshev is in the United Arab Emirates to drum up investments in Kazakhstan which has attracted about $3 billion so far from UAE companies such as International Petroleum Investment Company, Mubadala, and Aldar.
"We are looking for investments in priority sectors - petrochemicals and electricity, chemicals, energy, tourism and agriculture. These have good potential," Issekeshev said.