ADGM FSRA and MBZUAI Forge Groundbreaking AI Partnership for Advancing Regtech and Suptech

ADGM FSRA and MBZUAI Forge Groundbreaking AI Partnership for Advancing Regtech and Suptech

By Emirates News Agency, 17 November 2023

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), focused on advancing the role of artificial intelligence (AI) to better achieve regulatory outcomes within the financial services sector.

By combining FSRA's regulatory knowledge with MBZUAI's expertise in AI, the partnership aims to develop cutting-edge regulatory technology (regtech) and supervisory technology (suptech) that provide reliable solutions for enhancing regulatory compliance and operational efficiency in the delivery of financial services.

At the core of this collaboration is a multistep approach focused on training an AI algorithmic model to extract meaning and context from financial regulations and rules.

The regulatory information from the AI model can be used by financial services firms to improve or automate their decision-making processes in relation to regulatory compliance.

One key suptech solution set to be enhanced is the FSRA's 'Risk Analyser.' Now in its pilot stage, this platform employs AI to sift through extensive documents related to a supervised firm, offering targeted insights about the firm to FSRA supervisors.

These insights assist in FSRA’s assessment and decision-making across a range of risk domains, including business, governance and oversight, financial stability, anti-money laundering and financial crime. In its next phase, an industry-facing version of the 'Risk Analyser' will be introduced, designed to enable financial firms to develop their regulatory submissions or assess their compliance with FSRA’s regulations and standards.

By sharing such regtech and suptech solutions on FSRA’s Digital Lab, the partnership aims to empower the financial industry with tools and resources to fulfil their regulatory obligations in a more efficient and effective manner.

Emmanuel Givanakis, CEO of the ADGM FSRA, said, “We are excited to work with MBZUAI's world-class research faculty in artificial intelligence, to advance FSRA’s thought leadership and capabilities in the field of financial regulation. Through regulatory innovation, we are committed to the vision of Regulation-as-a-Service for the financial community to enhance investor protection and promote the integrity of the financial system.

“In navigating the transformative potential of AI for regulatory compliance, we recognise that collaboration and open dialogue are critical. As ADGM and MBZUAI move forward with this groundbreaking initiative, we actively invite insights, feedback, and partnership opportunities from the wider financial community. Together, we can build a more secure, efficient, and innovative financial ecosystem," he added.

Sultan Al Hajji, MBZUAI’s Vice President of Public Affairs and Alumni Relations, commented, “The financial services sector is a pillar of the UAE’s economy and a key enabler of growth and investment across all other sectors. Through this collaboration with ADGM, MBZUAI will tap the unique power of AI to develop, refine, and monitor regulatory processes in the UAE while supporting sustainable innovation and growth in the financial services sector. This collaboration is especially important given the UAE’s position as an emerging hub for fintech. The MoU also enables MBZUAI's faculty and students to deploy their AI skills and expertise in the specific areas of finance and compliance.”

Khoder Nashar

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