CBUAE issues new regulation to safeguard outsourcing activities

SourceGulf Today
SectorFinancial Services

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has issued a new Outsourcing Regulation and accompanying Standards for banks operating in the UAE, as part of its ongoing efforts to introduce robust regulatory frameworks that properly govern and safeguard the UAE’s banking sector.
The Regulation, which comes into effect one month following the date of publication in the Official Gazette, aims to ensure that banks are appropriately managing the risks when outsourcing certain functions. This includes the requirement for mandatory inclusion of board-approved policies and procedures for outsourcing activity in banks’ governance frameworks.
CBUAE also seeks through the introduction of this Regulation to ensure that banks’ approaches to managing the risks inherent in outsourcing arrangements are in line with leading international prudent practices to contribute in enhancing financial stability.
Under the Regulation, banks operating in the UAE must obtain a notice of non-objection from prior to outsourcing any material activity.
Commenting on the regulation, CBUAE Governor Khaled Mohamed Balama said, “Our introduction of the Outsourcing Regulation and accompanying Standards is testament to CBUAE’s robust efforts

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