UAE - A new collaboration will allow 'Credit Passports' to be issued to UAE expatriates.
Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB) on Tuesday announced a strategic collaboration with the world’s leading consumer-permissioned credit bureau Nova Credit. The move will enable newcomers to leverage their home country credit history when applying for financial services upon arrival to the UAE.
Credit Passport is now available for AECB subscribers to support credit applications with history in countries including India, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, with other countries to follow in the near future.
Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, CEO of AECB, said AECB is among the region’s first federal entities to provide cross-border credit solutions, creating value for lenders, individuals, businesses, government entities, and the public through key collaborations with international bureaus.
“As we continue to introduce cutting edge products to our customers, we reiterate our commitment to creating a positive social impact, in line with the UAE’s vision of becoming the epicentre of a borderless global economy,” Lutfi said.
The collaboration facilitates real-time, large-scale application approvals by enabling AECB subscribers, namely UAE-based local and international financial institutions and lenders, access to translated credit history of new UAE expatriates, upon their approval as part of credit applications.
“Building a borderless financial system has been our guiding vision since our inception and by bringing the Credit Passport to new parts of the world we are one step closer to making this a reality,” said Misha Esipov, Co-Founder and CEO of Nova Credit.
“With this collaboration, AECB will be able to better support the thousands of newcomers to the UAE every year seeking access to the financial services they need to get started and thrive in their new home.”
Boost for UAE financial ecosystem
The AECB’s latest initiative will enhance the UAE financial ecosystem as the first institution in the GCC with the capability to provide real-time access to standardised foreign credit data from multiple bureaus around the world.
“Today’s consumers deserve the ability to take ownership of their financial data and not be locked out of accessing basic services due to the siloed characteristic of our global credit reporting system,” said Collin Galster, VP of International at Nova Credit.
“We are looking forward to taking this next step with AECB and expanding the global footprint of Credit Passport so consumers around the world can experience borderless credit reporting.”
Iftekhar Salim, chief executive officer of Appro, said AECB plays an instrumental role in upscaling the lending ecosystem within the UAE and the introduction of the “Foreign Credit Report” is a significant milestone.
“Appro is delighted to avail these disruptive solutions from AECB, which will help the UAE residents to meet their financial product needs within minutes. There will be more visibility on the new to country applicants’ credit health based on their home country credit portfolio, which will allow them to have any lending product rather than waiting for 2-3 months,” he said.
Chandra Ganapathy, group chief risk officer of Dubai Islamic Bank said the bank has been a regular user of AECB’s suite of products including AECB Credit Score, Bureau Alerts and has now also subscribed to their latest offering of Foreign Credit Report.
“AECB solutions enable DIB to have a holistic assessment of the customer’s profile and credit behaviour through data feeds that are collected from all the credit institutions across the UAE,” he said.
He said AECB credit reports and data also serve as an input to our internal underwriting policies. Furthermore, DIB has leveraged AECB information to further strengthen its credit and fraud risk modelling framework, he added.
Farhan Mahmood, group chief risk officer of RAKBank said AECB understands the importance of providing transparent and seamless access to customers’ data and offering a comprehensive view of their credit worthiness across borders.
“This is especially critical in the UAE market where many expatriates seek to take advantage of their home market credit history. With advanced scorecard models, we aim to enhance our performance and offer seamless access to credit and banking services for all customers entering the UAE,” he said.
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