UAE Banks Federation meeting
The UAE Banks Federation, a professional representative body representing 49 member banks operating in the UAE, held its Ordinary Annual General Assembly Meeting on Wednesday in Dubai. The meeting was chaired by Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair
, Chairman of the UAE Banks Federation, and attended by Federation Board members and representatives of member banks.
At the meeting the UAE Banks Federation's action plan for the coming year was approved, and a number of other key items on the agenda concluded, such as the approval of the Financial Statements and the Auditors' Report for the year 2013, as well as the appointment of the Auditors for the year 2014. The projected budget for 2014 was also agreed.
Al Ghurair praised the growing cooperation and coordination between the member banks, and with the Central Bank and other official entities.
He said, "2013 was a very productive year in which we were able to deliver on all the promises made during our last General Assembly meeting. Over the past 12 months the various committees in the Federation have worked on a range of initiatives such as Smart Government, the launch of Al Etihad Credit Bureau and Emiratisation which will strengthen the sector as a whole and ensure high quality service to bank customers and the community as a whole.”
During the meeting, the Federation also approved the Annual Report for 2013. The report highlights the major achievements and the significant role that the UAE Banks Federation has played in driving the development of the banking sector, including the adoption of a Code of Conduct for its members, as well as consultations on such matters as the direct debit system, SMEs, Mobile Wallet, discount window and netting of derivatives contracts.
The meeting concluded with the ratification of the UAE Banks Federation plan for 2014 approved by the Board of Directors during their meeting in March. The plan aims to boost cooperation, coordination and consultation.