UAE SCA and Arab Exchange Federation launch webinar on Suptech

Suptech (Supervisory technology) is a new term that is proliferating within supervisory and regulatory organizations across the globe. Supervisory technology (suptech) is the use of innovative technology by supervisory agencies to support supervision. It helps supervisory agencies to digitize reporting and regulatory processes, resulting in more efficient and proactive monitoring of risk and compliance at financial institutions.

A number of supervisory agencies are already using innovative ways to effectively implement a risk-based approach to supervision. Now, technological progress as well as data availability offers the potential to radically improve existing supervisory tools or develop better ones through suptech applications. Suptech is currently found in two areas of applications: data collection and data analytics.

Within data collection, applications are used for supervisory reporting, data management and virtual assistance. Examples include the ability to pull data directly from banks’ IT systems, automated data validation and consolidation, and chatbots to answer consumer complaints while collecting information that could signal potential areas of concern. Within data analytics, applications are used for market surveillance, misconduct analysis as well as microprudential and macroprudential supervision. Examples include detecting insider trading activities, money laundering identification, monitoring supervised entities’ liquidity risks and forecasting housing market conditions. These applications are in different stages of development and implementation, ranging from academic research questions through proofs-ofconcept and use-cases to fully operational.

Suptech has many benefits that include enhanced effectiveness, reduced costs and increased capability. Yet is also has its challenge such as computational capacity constraints, increased operational risks, including cyberrisk, data quality, finding the right talent, management support and buy-in from supervision units, and  rigid rules in project management. Lack of transparency in some of the data analytics applications is also a critical issue. Hence, human intervention in the form of supervisory expertise is still viewed as indispensable in the supervisory process, particularly in further investigating the results of analyses and deciding on a course of action.

Subptech utilizes innovative technologies such as Aritificial intelligence, Machine learning and even blockchain According to a recent research conducted by the Bank of International Settlements, about half of the 39 financial authorities it surveyed have explicit suptech strategies or are developing them. The majority of suptech initiatives reported however are still in either the experimental or development stages, with less than a third operational.

In addition Blockchain and artificial intelligence are going to be crucial components of Regulatory Technology, or Regtech, according to a recent report by JD Finance. Regtech can be divided into two parts — Supervisory Technology (Suptech) and Compliance Technology (Comptech).

In 2015, NASDAQ launched Linq, enabling unlisted companies at stock change market to represent their equities digitally based on the blockchain technology. According to NASDAQ, the “proof of concept” of this technology can reduce 99% of risks. Moreover, both issuers and investors can manage documents online, minimalizing the administrative procedure. It also launched ChainCore and SMARTS Surveillance System with Citigroup and Gemini, respectively. ChainCore realizes global payment management and automated reconciliations while SMARTS provides safety measures to regulate market manipulation and is considered the most widely deployed surveillance system in the world.

Blockchain will be an indispensable part of Regtech. Features like smart contracts and smart surveillance reports will be further developed and applied to establish trust. IBM created Ledger Connect with CLS Group, aiming to use the blockchain technology in various financial fields. As of now, it has attracted more than 9 financial institutions, including Citigroup, to participate in validations and tests.

The SCA in UAE jointly with the Arab Exchange Federation are  holding the first Suptech Webinar for finance professionals, senior management in Finance Ministries, policy makers, international orgnaizations. RSAs (Authorities Supervisory and Regulatory) and other relevant market players. 

The focus of webinar is to discuss Supervisory Technology or SupTech encompass technology innovation designed to tackle challenges faced by supervisory agencies. SupTech is focused on automating and streamlining administrative and operational procedures, digitizing data and improving data analytics for regulators. The purpose of the webinar is to explore SupTech for Arab Securities Regulators. The findings would be complied into a joint report by AFE and SCA. 

Chief Executive Officer of SCA Mr. Obaid Al Zaabi will be providing a keynote speech followed by presentation from Rami Al Dokany, General Secretary of Arab Federation of Exchanges and other well reputed experts.

For those interested in attending the webinar on June 15th at 12 noon Dubai UAE Time please find the  Registration link:

Full agenda can be found attached in this article

Lara Abdul Malak

Lara has been a journalist and writer in the technology field since her graduation from AUB majoring in political science. She has had career in corporation communications in the telecom sector and was part of the launch of first 3G network in the GCC and MENA region. Since her return to journalism she has been focused with passion on blockchain, tokenization, crypto focusing on the GCC and MENA region.

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