Abu Dhabi Global Market, UAE Exchange partner to promote fintech

Richard Teng, the chief executive of the ADGM’s regulator, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority, left, with Promoth Manghat, the chief executive of UAE Exchange. (Courtesy UAE Exchange)
Updated 12 August 2017

Abu Dhabi Global Market, UAE Exchange partner to promote fintech

ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Global Market, the emirate’s global financial free zone, has partnered with UAE Exchange to help startups engaged in the remittance, foreign exchange and payments business develop and deploy financial technology.
UAE Exchange and ADGM will jointly implement innovation programs emerging payments, blockchain and distributed ledgers, artificial intelligence, and P2P solutions, a statement said.
ADGM’s Regulatory Laboratory — or RegLab — is the Middle East region’s first fintech incubator where startups can benefit from a more flexible regulatory regime during the early stages of their operation, before they go on to full regulatory membership at the Abu Dhabi financial free zone.
“This strategic partnership dovetails well with ADGM’s vision to establish a vibrant and well-functioning fintech ecosystem that bolsters innovation, facilitates investment flows and supports greater growth of financial services activities,” Richard Teng, the chief executive of the ADGM regulator Financial Services Regulatory Authority, said in the statement.
“The collaboration with UAE Exchange will create a feedback loop for ADGM as a financial services regulator to fine-tune and enhance its rules and regulatory approach to financial innovation.”
“Collaboration between established financial services providers and fintech start-ups is necessary to build a sustainable innovation ecosystem. Our partnership with ADGM will nurture local fintech innovation through incubator, accelerator and academic programs,” said Promoth Manghat, the chief executive UAE Exchange. “Such partnerships will add greater depth to the financial services industry, creating additional value for customers through digitally delivered services.”
The ADGM in May chose the first batch of fintech startups — from 11 applicants — to mentor under its RegLab program, with two of those in the list coming from the UAE.
The UAE companies, Now Money, which uses mobile technology to help low-income migrant workers to access banking and remittances services, and Titanium Escrow, an automated escrow services company that seeks to bring stability to the cash cycle of small businesses, joined India’s CapitaWorld and Rubique as well as Finalytix, a US robo-advisory platform.


Saudi-led group reinstated as builder of Bulgaria gas pipeline

Updated 16 September 2019

Saudi-led group reinstated as builder of Bulgaria gas pipeline

  • Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court announced that the Saudi-led group’s main competitors for the project had dropped a legal challenge relating to the award
  • Bulgaria’s state gas operator Bulgartransgaz had initially chosen the Saudi-led group — made up of Saudi Arabia’s Arkad Engineering and a joint venture including Switzerland’s ABB

SOFIA: A Saudi-led consortium was definitively reinstated on Monday as the builder of a new gas pipeline through Bulgaria, intended to hook up to Gazprom’s TurkStream project.
Bulgaria’s Supreme Administrative Court announced Monday that the Saudi-led group’s main competitors for the project had dropped a legal challenge relating to the award.
The latest development brings to an end a long-running tussle between the Saudi-led consortium and its competitors for the project, a consortium of Luxembourg-based Completions Development, Italy’s Bonatti and Germany’s Max Streicher.
Bulgaria’s state gas operator Bulgartransgaz had initially chosen the Saudi-led group — made up of Saudi Arabia’s Arkad Engineering and a joint venture including Switzerland’s ABB — to build the 474-kilometer (294-mile) pipeline.
But Bulgartransgaz later decided to strike the winner off the tender for failing to supply documents needed to sign off the contract.
Instead it accepted the offer of the second-placed consortium led by Completions Development.
However, Bulgaria’s competition watchdog ruled in July that the operator should honor its previous commitments and sign a contract with the Saudi-led group.
The watchdog’s verdict was subject to a final appeal in the courts but the Supreme Administrative Court announced Monday that the appeal had been withdrawn, meaning that the Arkad-led group has now been definitively reinstated.
Bulgartransgaz is in a hurry to complete the pipeline as soon as possible in a bid to enable Russian gas giant Gazprom to hook it up to its TurkStream pipeline after it becomes operational at the end of this year.
Bulgaria, which is heavily dependent on Russian gas for its domestic needs, has been repeatedly criticized by both the EU and the United States for failing to diversify both its gas sources and its delivery routes.
The Balkan country hopes to start receiving Caspian Sea gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field as well as liquefied natural gas from various sources via terminals in Greece through a 182-kilometer (113-mile) interconnector expected to be ready by the end of 2020.