BAB Newsletter

First Quarter | March 2019


BAB Upcoming Events 2019

Mark your Calendars…






Time: 1200 – 1500

BAB Open Dialogue

Under the patronage of H.E. Rasheed Al Maraj -Governor of the CBB BAB is holding its second open dialogue with its members, non-members & partners after the great success last year, on 21 April 2019 at the Jumeirah Royal Saray Bahrain.


Please note that attendance is limited to CEO’s or deputies only.





Time: 1800 – 2100

Bahrain Banks Reception 2019 in Washington D.C

Under the patronage of H.E. Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa – Minister of Finance and National Economy & H.E. Rasheed Al Maraj -Governor of the CBB, BAB is preparing to hold the annual reception for Bahraini banks on 19th October 2019, at the Fairmont
Hotel in Washington, D.C.




Time: 0900 – 1400

Celebrating 100 years of Banking in Bahrain

Under the patronage of HRH Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, BAB is preparing to celebrate 100 years of Banking in Bahrain which will be held on 11 December 2019 at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Bahrain.


Please note that attendance is limited to CEO’s or deputies only

BAB Achievements 2018


Lobbying Updates

Code of Practice

Interest/profit, foreign exchange (FX) rates
CBB requested BAB to discuss the current practices regarding the methods for computing interest/profit on unpaid credit card dues, conversion of FX transactions into
Bahraini Dinar, disclosures to customers. Keeping in view, the principles of fair treatment of customers, consistency and other relevant conduct of business principles and develop a unified comprehensive Code of Practice.

Accordingly, BAB came up with a proposal which is currently being studied by the CBB.


Impact of GVRS on Banks in Bahrain

BAB invited its members to a meeting to discuss The Impact of Government’s Voluntary Retirement Scheme on Banks in Bahrain on December 2018.

As an outcome of this meeting, BAB sent a letter to the CBB which included all committee members views, challenges/concerns
as well as suggestions on the way forward.

BAB is still following up with the Central Bank in this regards.


Unclaimed Cash Issue

CBB issued a circular requesting all banks to provide a report detailing the total number of affected customers where failed transactions resulted in unclaimed cash
balances, the total amount outstanding for such transactions and any measures taken to prevent recurrence of such transactions.

BAB is working closely with Banks to find a way to overcome their challenges and comply with the CBB requirements.


Code of Practice Treatment of Retired Individuals

CBB requested BAB to develop a comprehensive unified code of practice on the subject – “Treatment of retired individuals” by
retail banks. Currently, a committee is drafting the proposal. In the meanwhile, BAB has circulated 2 Questionnaires to all members to get a wider understanding of all the Banking Services provided to Retired Individuals.

The Committee will also include the issue of dealing with Customers who are retired under the Government Voluntary Retirement


Open Banking Implementation Rule

BAB Digitalization & Cybersecurity Committee has initiated a meeting to discuss Open Banking.  

As a result of that meeting BAB sent a letter to the CBB which includes members concerns and seeking clarifications on several

Currently BAB is continuing its efforts to work closely with the Banks and the CBB to ensure all banks have a clear understanding
of implementation rules and comply with the CBB requirements within a reasonable timeline





21 February 2019

MEA Fintech Forum

BAB executives attended the 3rd Middle east & Africa FINTECH Forum at the Ritz Carlton Bahrain.

The forum, which is hosted by Bank ABC and Arab Financial Services, brought together internationally renowned thought leaders,
practitioners and innovators from the FinTech and artificial intelligence (AI) arenas to discuss a wide range of issues including the future of banking, the potential impact of AI and how it will transform the future, open banking, crowdsourcing and financial


25 February 2019

Regfact 2019

RegFact 2019 was held at the Diplomat Radisson Blu under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain. The event brought together local and global regulators, policy
makers and policy advocates in the regulatory technology industry, and 250 delegates from various financial and governmental sectors in Bahrain, and the MENA region. The one day event included insightful sessions on Bahrain’s Regulatory Landscape, Streamlining
the compliance process, open banking and technology, The Way Banks Work with FinTechs, The Importance of Data Protection, Cybercrime and Identity Theft, and the growing role of Fintech.


RegFact kicked off by an introduction from Jonathan Dunsmoor, Founder, Dunsmoor Law, P.C.  with welcoming remarks by Khalid
Saad, CEO, Bahrain FinTech Bay, and David Parker, Executive Director, Financial Services, Bahrain Economic Development Board.


26-27 February 2019

Euro Money GCC Financial Forum

The annual GCC Financial Forum was held in Bahrain During February 20109. as Bahrain continues to play a pivotal role in the global financial ecosystem, with leading
regional and global industry heavyweights supporting the event. BBK, BNP Paribas, NBB and Al Salam Bank Bahrain sponsored the two-day showcase, which was also the anchor event of the annual Fintastic Bahrain Week where innovation and technology in the financial
sector take center stage .



04 February 2019

Legal & Regulatory Framework Committee Meeting

Dr. Waheed Al Qassim, CEO of BAB visited the Legal & Regulatory Framework Committee during their meeting yesterday. Dr. Al Qassim stressed on the importance of speeding
up the Financial Sector Court Project which the committee is currently working on.



13 March 2019

BIsB 40th Celebration

Bahrain Islamic Bank (BisB) held recently an exclusive tech-driven event entitled #BisB at the Isa Cultural Centre, Manama, in
the presence of the Bank’s Chairman and Board of Directors, the Bank’s Executive Management, esteemed VIP guests and several pioneers in the banking sector. The event was held in celebration of the Bank’s 40
th year
anniversary, in order to highlight key milestones and success stories of the Bank’s journey, as well as provide more insight into the Bank’s strategic initiatives of this year.