SIMAH hosts LEI ‘Meet the Market’ Forum

Updated 08 February 2018
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SIMAH hosts LEI ‘Meet the Market’ Forum

Saudi Credit Bureau (SIMAH), the first licensed credit bureau in the Kingdom, hosted a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) “Meet the Market” Forum recently, under the auspices of the vice governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Saleh Al-Furaih.
LEI is a 20-digit, alpha-numeric code based on the ISO 17442 standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions.
SIMAH’s forum came as part of the Annual International Meeting of the Legal Entity Identifier Regulatory Oversight Committee (LEI ROC) and the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF). The forum was attended by officials and representatives of banking and finance sectors, LEI ROC, GLIEF and other Local Operating Units (LOUs).
GLIEF officially accredited SIMAH last September to act as a full LOU. SIMAH Business launched its non-profit Moa’rif service to identify legally independent entities and companies. Moa’rif enables companies to comply with various reporting requirements, while at the same time enhancing transparency. It helps measure and monitor systemic cross-border payment transfer risk, enables regulators globally to more accurately obtain a view on risk to the financial system, helps individual firms more effectively measure and manage counter-party exposure through a common view of legal entities across the organization, and promotes coordination. Moa’rif has so far issued 191 identifiers.
GLIEF was established by the Financial Stability Forum (FSB) in June 2014 as a not-for-profit organization to support the implementation and use of LEIs, and is overseen by ROC LEI. ROC LEI is a group of 71 public authorities and 19 observers from more than 50 countries established in January 2013 to coordinate and oversee a worldwide framework of legal entity identification, the Global LEI System.
SIMAH Business is designed to provide credit information to all companies and institutions operating on the Saudi market, representing their financial solvency. This allows members to study the credit behaviors of its commercial clients and to assess credit risk in order to make sound decisions.


TOUS opens 22nd jewelry store in Kingdom

Updated 25 September 2018
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TOUS opens 22nd jewelry store in Kingdom

TOUS International CEO Jose Maria Folache has opened the Kingdom’s 22nd TOUS store in Riyadh Park Mall, one of the largest shopping malls in the capital.

The new opening is in line with the TOUS strategy to consolidate and strengthen its leadership position in the affordable luxury jewelry market. 

The flagship store boasts a premium location of 133 square meters perfectly placed in the mall, which reflects the TOUS premium image status and suits the taste of lovers of unconventional jewelry collections.

There are displays of a wide variety of iconic affordable jewelry and accessories that cater to all needs and perfectly fit women from different age groups. 

The store boasts a unique modern design and showcases a wide range of TOUS collections for 2018 and 2019 that were launched at the opening. 

The ceremony was attended by Folache, Korayem Al-Enazi, chairman of the National Precious Metals Commission, and Selim Chidiac, CEO of L’Azurde Group, the new franchisee for TOUS in the Kingdom.

Female dignitaries, businessmen, the media, celebrities and TOUS jewelry lovers also attended. 

“We are always happy to see an international brand like TOUS increasing its investments in the Kingdom,” said Al-Enazi. 

“This reflects confidence in the Saudi market, and is fully in line with its Vision 2030 (reform plan). TOUS is an international brand with top-quality products. We look forward to their increased presence in the Kingdom, and further expansion and investment.”

Folache said: “We are excited to open the first TOUS store with our new partner, bringing the total number of stores across the Kingdom to 22, and at one of the most prestigious malls.” 

He added: “TOUS is keen to increase its investment in the Saudi market in line with Vision 2030, which reflects the promising future of the Saudi economy.”

He said: “We are confident about the potential of the Saudi market, and look forward to contributing to creating more job opportunities for Saudi youth and promoting investment in the Kingdom.”

Folache added: “We aim to fortify our presence in the Kingdom and expand our business, especially after TOUS’ consistent sales growth over the past years.”

He said: “TOUS carved a pioneering leadership position for the brand in the Saudi market, and we are confident that our partnership with the TOUS franchisee in the Kingdom will boost TOUS sales in the Saudi market as a global luxury brand.”

He added: “Our mission is to continue impressing our customers with our creative and innovative designs, while focusing at the same time on maintaining our original and genuine quality.”

Chidiac said: “The TOUS iconic jewelry collection is unique and modern, and complements our existing product portfolio perfectly.”

He added: “With TOUS, we will be able to reach new customer segments and offer affordable luxury products to consumers.”

Chidiac said: “We are confident that through our solid partnership with TOUS, we will enhance its position in the Saudi market.”

He added: “TOUS is an important addition to our business, and it comes in line with our strategic plan to expand into the affordable luxury jewelry segment.”