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Etihad Airways becomes first airline in region to offer automated credit card payment plans

19 September 2017 Airline focused on technology and innovation to enhance its service and delivery Abu Dhabi, UAE – Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the region to offer fully automated credit card Installment payment plans after partnering with PayFort, the leading online payment service provider in the Arab world. The initiative allows Etihad Airways to offer consumers ... Read More »

NEC Payments extends its compliance with international security standards

Kingdom of Bahrain – 17th September 2017: NEC Payments B.S.C (c), a payments technology company based in Bahrain, has been awarded the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS v3.2) certification by SISA Information Security WLL, the largest Qualified Security Assessor company in GCC, in recognition of its continuing compliance with one of the most stringent and coveted international ... Read More »

Emirates NBD Asset Management to Manage Customer Risk Strategies for Al Hilal Takaful B.S.C (c)

Emirates NBD Asset Management is now managing 3 risk-graded Shari’a compliant strategies for Al Hilal Takaful’s customers, Bahrain’s leading Takaful provider Al Hilal will have access to global sukuk, global equity, MENA equity and emerging market opportunities funds Emirates NBD Asset Management’s AuM reached USD 4.49 bn as at 31st July 2017 Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 August 2017: Emirates ... Read More »

Bank of Cyprus Licenses Surecomp’s allNETT® and IMEX® For both Back and Front-End Trade Finance Operations

HOBOKEN, NJ, August 23, 2017 – Surecomp®, the leading global provider of trade finance solutions for banks and corporations, announced today the successful implementation of two products, allNETT® and IMEX®, with the Bank of Cyprus. Surecomp’s front office allNETT solution and back office IMEX solution will together provide the Bank of Cyprus seamless, straight through processing of their trade finance ... Read More »

GFH completes the acquisition of USD 1.2 billion infrastructure portfolio

– CREATION OF 200 MILLION SQUARE FEET LAND BANK IN THE REGION Bahrain – 15 August 2017: GFH Financial Group (“GFH”) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of USD 1.2bn infrastructure portfolio in Africa and Middle East. The acquisition comes as part of GFH’s new strategy approved in the last shareholders’ Extraordinary General Meeting in March 2017 and ... Read More »

BARCLAYS ‘COMPASS’: Developed and Emerging Markets equities maintain their growth momentum

Nominal yeilds weigh down investment grade and developed governrnent bonds’ attractiveness Strength of the structural growth in technology as well as a cyclical recovery in the financial industry should be important drivers for further gains in Emerging Markets 7 August 2017 Dubai, UAE: Barclays’ Private Bank released its Q3 2017 “Compass” Report, which examines major asset classes globally. The latest ... Read More »

Bank-fintech collaboration: creating opportunities for trade in the Middle East

Bana Akkad Azhari, Head of Sales & Relationship Management MEA and the CIS, Treasury Services EMEA, BNY Mellon, discusses how fintech can transform the trade landscape in the Middle East. Recent years have heralded a new, dynamic “fintech era”. Global investment has skyrocketed – reaching US$23.2 billion in 2016, up from US$12 billion in 2014[1]. Yet, the vast majority of ... Read More »

On the sidelines of the WTO’s Aid for Trade Global Review 2017

ITFC and IFC Partner for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in common member countries Geneva : The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) and the International Financial Corporation (IFC) signed a Letter of Intent for Partnership with the aim to intensifying and reinforcing their joint work and cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The signing took ... Read More »

GIB granted retail banking licence in Bahrain

Meem in Bahrain offers state of the art digital banking for customers in the GCC 28 June 2017: Gulf International Bank (GIB) is pleased to announce that it has been granted a conventional retail banking licence in the Kingdom of Bahrain by the Central Bank of Bahrain. Commenting on the announcement GIB’s Chairman, His Excellency Mr. Jammaz bin Abdullah Al-Suhaimi, ... Read More »

Global Focus Q3 2017: Swans, bulls and bears

Solid pace of growth in world economy expected despite elevated geopolitical risks 27 June 2017, Dubai – The world economy is showing decent signs of growth for H2, although momentum is expected to moderate somewhat. Europe’s growth is above trend, and the lack of significant tightening by the European Central Bank (ECB) should sustain it, with Asia still the main ... Read More »

SWIFT offers 200,000 EUR for FinTech community to leverage gpi platform

SWIFT gpi industry challenge fosters collaborative innovation between banks and FinTech companies from around the world and the region Brussels, 28 June 2017 – SWIFT invites FinTech companies from around the world and the region to develop new overlay services that leverage its SWIFT global payments innovation (gpi) platform. SWIFT will provide funding of up to 200,000 EUR for the ... Read More »

E-Banking and Front Office 2020

Frankfurt, Germany, June 6, 2017 – Surecomp®, a leading provider of global trade solutions for banks and corporates, concluded today a comprehensive event which attracted over twenty attendees from fifteen leading European banks and corporate clients. The program was entitled ‘E-Banking and Front Office 2020’ and took place in the heart of Frankfurt, Germany’s financial center. ‘E-Banking and Front Office ... Read More »

Digital Government Imperatives of the United Arab Emirates: 92% of Emirati Respondents Believe Online Government Services Have Improved Since 2014

UAE ranks second best in its improvement of digital services provided by the government, according to BCG’s 2016 Digital Government Survey Dubai, 12 June, 2017 — The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the second highest net perception of service improvement over the past two years globally and ranks first in terms of the highest levels of satisfaction for services in ... Read More »

PRETA launches project to build PSD2 directory

Paris, 16th June 2017 Following a stakeholder consultation started in 2016 to determine industry requirements, PRETA commits to providing a compliance-driven directory solution to support market actors in meeting PSD2 access-to-account provisions. Today PRETA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EBA CLEARING, announced the launch of a directory project to support payment service providers (PSPs) and third party providers (TPPs) in meeting ... Read More »

EBA CLEARING white paper addresses how to ensure smooth take-off for euro instant payments

Paris, 14th June 2017 The paper focusses on pan-European infrastructure considerations for a successful roll-out and ramp-up of real-time payments across Europe EBA CLEARING issued today a white paper on how to ensure a smooth take-off for euro instant payments across Europe. The paper presents key factors for a successful ramp-up of real-time payments, such as payment certainty and reach, ... Read More »