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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.

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