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UAE central bank issues new rules backing FinTech firms

MANAMA, November 3, 2020

The Central Bank of the UAE has issued a new regulation on stored value facilities (SVF) in an effort to ensure that stored value products and services are operated in a secure, sound and efficient manner in the country.
By introducing this new regulation for the providers of SVFs, the CBUAE aims to facilitate financial technology (FinTech) firms and other non-bank payment service providers easier access to the UAE market while continuing to safeguard the customers’ funds, ensure proper business conduct and support the development of payment products and services, reported state news agency Wam.
The scope of this regulation includes licencing, supervision and enforcement provisions applicable to the companies, which are licenced to provide SVF. 
A one-year transitional period will commence on the date when the regulation comes into force. Firms already holding an SVF licence granted under the previous regulatory framework may continue operating. 
Nevertheless, they are required to complete the implementation of the relevant measures set out in the new regulation by the end of the transition period.
CBUAE Governor Abdulhamid M. Saeed Alahmadi said: "We are confident that the new SVF regulation will strengthen the public's confidence in the use of digital products and services and foster further development and innovation across the payments industry."
"The new regulation constitutes an important milestone in the continued development of a robust regulatory framework for stored value facilities and the digital payments industry as a whole," noted Alahmadi. 
"It is in line with the CBUAE’s objectives aimed at safeguarding the stability and integrity of the financial system and payment infrastructure in the UAE, and facilitating further development of digital payments. This regulation will ensure a level playing field for market participants and will help maintain the UAE’s status as an international financial centre and a leading payment hub," he added.


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