|24 July, 2019

Beijing Municipal Bureau of local financial regulation and ADGM aim to increase financial and Fintech activities in both capitals

ADGM further strengthens financial collaborations and economic ties with key institutions in China

Beijing Municipal Bureau of local financial regulation and ADGM aim to increase financial and Fintech activities in both capitals

Abu Dhabi, UAE/Beijing, China: Following the state visit by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces to China from 21 to 23 July 2019, Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, and Beijing Municipal Bureau of Local Financial Regulation (the Bureau) are pleased to enter an important cooperation today to accelerate investment and financial development between Beijing and Abu Dhabi as part of the “UAE-China Comprehensive Strategic Partnership” led by the state leaders of both countries. The agreement was signed by Mr Huo Xuewen, Director of the and Beijing Municipal Bureau of Local Financial Regulation and Mr Richard Teng, Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of ADGM in Beijing.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) sets the framework for ADGM and Beijing Municipal Bureau to support leading financial institutions of key sectors including investment management, wealth management, financial technology, and sustainable finance (green finance) of Abu Dhabi and the Middle East region seeking to explore and establish their businesses in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. Similarly, ADGM and the Bureau aim to introduce more technology and financial innovations and high-end infrastructure and heavy industries from Beijing to Abu Dhabi market. Among the key initiatives, ADGM and the Bureau aim to increase cooperation and accelerate joint development in areas of financial technology and wealth management.

Mr Richard Teng, CEO of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of ADGM, said: “It has been a very fulfilling week for the UAE-China relations and achieving new milestones in the Belt-and-Road initiative by the various Abu Dhabi and China key institutions. ADGM has built a close understanding and working partnership with the Beijing Municipal Bureau since we began operations in 2015. We share a common ambition in fostering a sustainable and conducive financial ecosystem that supports the development of the institutions and companies in our economies and along the MENA region. As regulators, the Beijing Municipal Bureau and ADGM are aligned on the importance of maintaining a robust and well-regulated marketplace to attract more investments and growth. We are excited about the prospects of this cooperation and look forward to facilitating influx of businesses soon.”

Mr Huo Xuewen, Director of the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Local Financial Supervision, said: "The opening of our financial market is an anticipated progress in the development of China's financial industry. As an international trade and business center, Beijing will tap on its country’s forte as a leading financial management center and leverage the opening up of its financial industry to play a more active and international role. We will bring into play the advantages of international financial institutions, foster financial openness, attract more foreign financial institutions, and further develop foreign finance in our marketplace.

Together, we will actively promote the financial cooperation between China and the UAE, support the development and growth of ADGM China office, and augment the “One Belt and One Road” financial market development and investment cooperation between the capitals of the country.”

In the following months, ADGM and Beijing Municipal Bureau of Local Financial Regulation will initiate a structured framework and working team to implement the details of the partnership and support the mechanism of the cooperation appropriately.

As part of the UAE-China state visit, ADGM has also established new partnerships and agreements with the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), China Everbright Group and OneConnect Financial Technology (a subsidiary of Ping An group) to foster greater cross-border opportunities and developments along the Belt-and-Road initiative.

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About Abu Dhabi Global Market
Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), an international financial centre (IFC) located in the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, opened for business on 21 October 2015. Established by UAE Federal Decree as a broad-based financial centre, ADGM augments Abu Dhabi’s position as a global hub for business and finance and serves as a strategic link between the growing economies of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia and the rest of the world.

ADGM’s strategy is anchored by Abu Dhabi’s key strengths including private banking, wealth management, asset management and financial innovation. Comprising three independent authorities: ADGM Courts, the Financial Services Regulatory Authority and the Registration Authority, ADGM as IFC governs the Al Maryah Island which is a designated financial free zone. It enables registered financial institutions, companies and entities to operate, innovate and success within an international regulatory framework based on Common Law. Since its inception, ADGM has been awarded the “Financial Centre of the Year (MENA)” for three consecutive years for its initiatives and contributions to the financial and capital markets industry in the region.* For more details of ADGM, please visit www.adgm.com or follow us on Twitter: @adglobalmarket @FinTechAD, #FinTechAD and Linkedin: ADGM

* Source: The Global Investor Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Awards

For further enquiries, please contact:
Joan Lew
Associate Director, Communications
Tel : +971 561774075 joan.lew@adgm.com 

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