About the MENA Regulatory Summit

Join us in the leading regulatory summit in MENA

The 2022 MENA Regulatory Summit returns in its 14th edition on the 25th of October 2022 and will be held under the patronage of The Executive Office of the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) and organized by the London Stock Exchange Group.   

The 2022 MENA Regulatory Summit will bring together global and regional experts at a moment of great change. Governments, regulators, law enforcement agencies and international corporations face the challenge of financial criminals operating increasingly sophisticated, cross-border networks. Technological advances and the growth of virtual assets create new opportunities and threats, and will be discussed at the summit in addition to the response by FATF and regulatory authorities.

Combatting money laundering and associated offences requires an increasingly sophisticated approach by regulators and companies alike, with artificial intelligence now an essential tool to augment conventional techniques, especially as digitalization accelerates in response to the social and economic changes wrought by the pandemic. 

Digital assets are coming under closer regulatory scrutiny following a crypto token price crash that has wiped out more than $2 trillion in asset values and led to the multibillion-dollar collapse of some crypto projects and investment funds. The rapid rise of stablecoins also poses questions for regulators and government policymakers. 

Digital innovations, both crypto- and non-crypto-based, have enabled non-financial institutions to offer financial services, blurring the lines between industries. This paradigm shift requires a nimble and delicate response from regulators to protect consumers without stifling innovation. Corporations also face a tricky balancing act in complying with both anti-money laundering obligations and data protection laws. 

Private-public partnerships promise much in terms of broadening the region’s economic diversification, although more must be done by all parties if such projects are to succeed beyond the energy and utility sectors. 

COVID 19 Precautions 

Kindly note that in order for the summit to comply with the current health regulations set by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, only fully vaccinated persons can be granted green status on the Al Hosn app. Green status on the Al Hosn app is required to enter all hotel and tourism establishments, event venues, museums, cultural and entertainment venues in the Emirate. If participants do not possess a green status on the Al Hosn app, entry to the summit is permitted for persons with a negative PCR test not older than 96 hours.  

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This Years Summit Will Focus On

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UAE Latest Developments in the Fight Against Financial Crime

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FATF Updates and Global Regulatory Developments

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Public Private Sector Partnerships

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Latest Developments in Global Sanctions

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Virtual Assets – The Opportunity and Risks

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Technology Developments to Fight Financial Crime