Abu Dhabi Global Market and Astana International Financial Centre Financial Services Authority (AIFC-AFSA) signed agreement to enhance co-operation on financial markets

ADGM FSRA 24/05/2018


The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and the Astana Financial Service Authority of Astana International Financial Centre (AFSA-AIFC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the side of the Annual Conference of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) held in Budapest.
The agreement enables both Authorities to further collaborate on joint initiatives and efforts to bolster the growth of the financial markets in Abu Dhabi and Kazakhstan.

It establishes a strategic platform for the FSRA and AFSA's teams to share expertise and relevant information financial services legislation, regulation, and regulatory practices in each market and to facilitate cross-border group activities and supervision. The Authorities will also look into mutually beneficial projects and activities that develop human capital capabilities and foster greater growth in both of the financial markets.

Mr. Philippe Richard, Director of international affairs of FSRA of ADGM said: "This MoU marks an important development in our on-going engagement and collaboration with Astana International Financial Centre and its Regulatory Authority. Through closer collaboration and exchanging of expertise and experience, the two regulators will be able to support financial institutions seeking cross-border operations via both platforms and jurisdictions."

Mr. Mukhtar Bubeyev, Chief Policy Officer of the AFSA said: "We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with the FSRA by signing the Memorandum of Understanding. Our legal and regulatory frameworks have many synergies and the ADGM have been supporting our aspirations to establish an international financial centre".

About the Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC)

The AIFC was established by the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and operates as per the Constitutional Law "On the Astana International Financial Centre" dated December 2015. The AIFC aims at attracting investment into the Kazakh economy through the establishment of an attractive and business friendly environment for financial services and capital markets, including securities, insurance, banking and Islamic finance the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Astana Financial Services Authority (AFSA) is the independent regulator of the Astana International Financial Centre, a legal entity and statutory body of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which is established in accordance with the Constitutional Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On the Astana International Financial Centre" for the purposes of regulating activities related to financial services in the Astana International Financial Centre (the 'AIFC'). As such the AFSA administers the AIFC Regulations and Rules, which provides, among other things, for the authorisation, registration, recognition and supervision of financial firms and market institutions.

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About Abu Dhabi Global Market

Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015. Established by UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi's position as a global hub for business and finance and serves as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM's strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi's key strengths including private banking, wealth management, asset management and financial innovation. Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM as IFC governs the Al Maryah Island which is a designated financial free zone. It enables registered financial institutions, companies and entities to operate, innovate and succeed within an international regulatory framework based on Common Law. ADGM has been awarded the "Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)" for two consecutive years, since its inception, for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region.*

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* Source: The Global Investor Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Awards

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