UBF hosts high calibre Italian delegation to explore mutual opportunities and discuss common issues across the banking sector
UAE Banks Federation (UBF) held yesterday (April 22nd, 2019) its Ordinary Annual General Assembly Meeting, at the Head Office of Commercial Bank of Dubai. The meeting was chaired by H.E. AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of UAE Banks Federation, and attended by UBF’s Board of Directors and representatives of UBF member banks.
During the meeting, members reviewed UBF’s key activities and achievements during 2018. The progress that UBF and its committees made last year were commended, particularly in relation to protecting customers and banks against cyber-attacks, reinforcing anti-money laundering measures, and enhancing fraud prevention across the banking landscape. Members also approved the audited UBF Financial Statements and Auditors' Report for 2018, ratified the budget for 2019, and approved strategic objectives and action plan for the year 2019.
H.E AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Chairman of UAE Banks Federation, said: “UAE Banks Federation enjoyed another successful year in 2018, and played an instrumental role in facilitating the positive evolution and transformation that is taking place across the local banking sector. We have made great progress in our efforts to boost innovation and raise the profile of the UAE banking industry, and we are confident that we will keep the momentum going as we move forward. With the continued support of our members and committees, our aim over the coming months and years is to boost coordination and consultation with the Central Bank of UAE and other stakeholders, and make further strides to raise the standards of the banking sector.”
Members also endorsed the new UBF Board of Directors in the Annual General Assembly Meeting. The new Board will serve for the next three years from May 2019 to April 2022, and now comprises:
H.E. AbdulAziz Abdulla Al Ghurair – Chairman (CEO, Mashreq Bank)
H.E. Khalifa Al Suwaidi – Vice Chairman (First Abu Dhabi Bank)
Mr. Omran Abdulla Omran Taryam – Member (Investment Bank)
Mr. Khamis Bu Haroon – Member (Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank)
H.E. Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi – Member (RAKBANK)
Dr. Sulaiman Mousa Al Jassim – Member (National Bank of Fujeirah)
Mr. Amr Al Menhali – Member (Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank)
Mr. Hamed Kazim – Member (Commercial Bank of Dubai)
Mr. Abdulla Qassim – Member (Emirates NBD)
Mr. Jamal Saleh – Director General
H.E added “On behalf of UBF, I would like to welcome the new Board of Directors, and thank those who left us for their hard work over the last three years. We look forward to a new chapter as we build on our success, and continue to work towards creating innovative solutions that address prevailing market challenges and enhance the banking sector across the UAE,” H.E added.
A number of high-priority topics were also discussed at the meeting, including the challenges and opportunities that the UAE banking sector faces in relation to SMEs, cybersecurity, anti-money laundering, and changing local and international regulations.