SAS Supports Jordan Islamic Bank with Risk Management Solutions

SAS joins forces with Jordan Islamic Bank for Enterprise GRC, Anti-Money Laundering and FATCA services

SAS, the leader in business analytics software and services, announced today the signing of a strategic collaboration with Jordan Islamic Bank to provide the bank Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance (EGRC), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) solutions. SAS solutions enable the bank to meet the increasing demand of compliance requirements.

"SAS provides comprehensive solutions to Jordan Islamic Bank that support FATCA monitoring and compliance, linking EGRC functions to strengthen governance and foster trust, as well as offering an integrated and open-ended architecture with implementation of AML solutions," said Shukri Dabaghi, Regional Director Middle East & Francophone Africa at SAS. "With these solutions, Jordan Islamic Bank will be able to make better informed regulatory decisions."

SAS' security and risk management solutions provide a holistic framework that supports the bank's most critical information and intelligence needs to simplify processes and support the consistency and integrity of information. It helps the bank meet stringent government regulations, protect shareholder confidence and maintain a strong reputation.

Dale Stevens, Head of Risk, SAS UK & Ireland added: "Businesses around the world and particularly in the UK are looking to solve similar challenges to Jordan Islamic Bank's. Real time information on demand is essential to assess risk and compliance. There's also a difference between achieving compliance and having a genuine, holistic view of risk across the business. This stage brings financial benefits too and we've seen businesses release capital of up to £100m in some cases, by making decisions eight hours earlier than before. Too many banks are essentially missing the boat because they're too busy trying to catch the wind. These solutions help them conduct multiple stress tests, and take a forward-looking analytical approach to risk."

"This agreement is an application of our bank's strategy to develop its banking operations through ensuring a world-class integrated banking system and contributes to improve customer experiences and customer profitability, manage risk and regulatory compliance, anticipate fraud and create value from data," said Mr. Musa Shihadeh, Vice Chairman, General Manager of Jordan Islamic Bank. "This is what we hope to obtain through experiences, exchange and strategic partnership between our bank and SAS."

SAS solutions provide advanced analytical detection coupled with a best of breed data management layer to help reduce false positives. It approaches the issues of compliance and risk with an innovative, modular set of solutions that give the bank the tools to simplify the process of analysing data and detecting "the needle in the haystack".

SAS currently provides the only platform with core framework leveraged by AML, Fraud and Financial Crimes Management, FATCA, EGRC and other similar services. SAS delivers high-performance analytics and multiple detection methods so organisations can monitor more risks in very large data volumes. Additionally, organisations can standardise and manage strategic and operational risks and consolidate information into an enterprise-wide view of risk.

 

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About Jordan Islamic Bank

Jordan Islamic Bank was established in 1978 as a public shareholding company licensed to carry out all kinds of banking, financing and investment activities in compliance with the provisions of the glorious Islamic Sharia. The Bank's first branch commenced its business operations on 22/9/1979. The Bank's ultimate objective is to accommodate the economic and social needs of citizens in the fields of banking, financing and investment according to principles and provisions of Islamic Sharia. The Bank's transactions and contracts are subject to revision by the Bank's Sharia Supervisory Board which consists of three prominent Sharia Scholars. Its activities are also supervised and controlled by the Central Bank of Jordan. The Bank works on deepening and developing corporate governance principles and risk management.

The Bank's paid up capital reaches currently JD 150 million and number of employees about 2000. JIB provides banking, financing and investment services through its branches reaching (70) and cash offices reaching (16) in addition to a bonded office. However, the bank provides ATMs services whose number reach (147) distributed in all parts of the kingdom. The Bank obtained many global prizes and Sharia and credit ratings from several worldwide credit agencies.

It is worth mentioning that Jordan Islamic Bank is part of Al Baraka Group and has been named the best Islamic financial institution in Jordan for six consecutive years by Global Finance Magazine.

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