Central Bank, IMF Team Up to Assess UAE's Financial Landscape

The United Arab Emirates' Central Bank (CBUAE) recently hosted a delegation from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a collaborative discussion on the current state and future trajectory of the UAE's financial and banking sectors. This high-level meeting served as a platform to exchange insights and strategize on maintaining the stability and resilience of the UAE's financial system.

Governor of the CBUAE, Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori, led the Emirati team in a comprehensive review of the banking sector's health. The discussion highlighted the UAE's robust economic growth, fueled by strong domestic activity and kept in check by moderate inflation. High oil prices were identified as a key factor contributing to continued fiscal and external surpluses within the country.

The IMF delegation, led by mission chief for the UAE, commended the CBUAE's efforts in fortifying the banking sector's balance sheets. They acknowledged the significant improvements in asset quality and the banks' overall resilience, even amidst rising domestic interest rates. The positive credit growth was also noted, showcasing the continued strength of the financial sector.

However, the discussions also acknowledged potential areas requiring continued monitoring. Both parties agreed on the importance of keeping a watchful eye on potential financial stability risks, particularly those emanating from the real estate sector. Strategies to address the domestic liquidity surplus were also explored as a means of maintaining long-term financial stability.

The conversation extended beyond immediate concerns, venturing into the realm of long-term strategies. The UAE's commitment to building fiscal space and finalizing the implementation of the Dirham Monetary Framework was lauded by the IMF team. This framework is expected to further bolster the resilience of the UAE's financial system.

The creation of the Financial Stability Council within the UAE was another development welcomed by the IMF. Discussions centered around supporting the council's implementation to ensure its effectiveness in safeguarding the financial sector.

The collaborative spirit extended to the digital realm. The CBUAE's ongoing efforts to modernize the UAE's financial infrastructure and payment systems, encompassing both domestic and cross-border transactions, were addressed with enthusiasm. The fight against financial crimes, particularly money laundering and financing of terrorism, also featured prominently in the discussions. The UAE's progress in implementing the National AML/CFT Strategy and Action Plan, culminating in their removal from the Financial Action Task Force's enhanced monitoring list, was acknowledged with appreciation.

The CBUAE and the IMF delegation concluded the meeting with a shared commitment to continued collaboration. This ongoing partnership is expected to play a crucial role in ensuring the continued strength, stability, and growth of the UAE's financial and banking sectors.

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