Press Release – 31 March 2022
DDCAP Group™ supports Boubyan Bank, Kuwaitto complete its Digital Deal Automation Project
Location: Kuwait City, London
Through the application of our award-winning Sharia’a compliant financial technology, ETHOS AFP™ (ETHOS), DDCAP Group™ (DDCAP) is proud to have supported Boubyan Bank in the successful implementation of Boubyan’s digital approach to processing Sharia’a compliant Corporate Credit transactions.
After due consideration, Boubyan Bank selected the Straight Through Processing (STP) capabilities of ETHOS based upon the extended functionality of the Platform. ETHOS offers multiple, bespoke application programming interfaces (API) and dedicated web services that have been specifically developed for high-volume clients operating in both the wholesale and retail financial markets.
This direct connectivity will be controlled from Boubyan Bank’s core system, without manual intervention, ensuring that operational and post-trade risks for Boubyan Bank are appropriately mitigated. Additionally, the digital processing of transactions has been seamlessly integrated with Boubyan Bank’s trade execution protocols, providing an enhanced transparency to further substantiate Sharia’a compliance requirements.
DDCAP Group™ Managing Director, Stella Cox CBE, said:
“We are extremely proud to have played a role in supporting Boubyan Bank to extend its digital environment. Whereas we continue to strive to ensure that our ETHOS Platform offers our clients the most comprehensive and efficient solution to STP in our market sector, we are honoured by Boubyan’s selection of us and by their endorsement. It has been a privilege to work with the knowledgeable and supportive Boubyan executive team throughout this process. Our sincere thanks, both to our own, esteemed Sharia’a Supervisory Board and to Boubyan’s for their ongoing guidance and support in the development of DDCAP Group™ services and technology solutions, including ETHOS and its functionality.”
Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Banking Services at Boubyan Bank, Abdulsalam Al-Saleh said: ” The recent years have witnessed rapid and successive developments that made Islamic finance “Murabaha” one of the most important means of financing sought by everyone. More paper-to-electronic transformation, or what is known as the digitization of Murabaha, would expedite obtaining financing and facilitate procedures in order to meet the requirements of customers wishing to obtain Islamic financing quickly and comfortably.”
Regarding the partnership with DDCAP Group™, Mr. Al-Saleh said that “Boubyan, with this step, will be the first bank in Kuwait to integrate fully with the ETHOS AFP™ commodities platform of the global DDCAP Group™, in order to achieve better levels of customer service with the greatest level of trust and less user interference, and to provide fast and accurate customer service.
For his part, General Manager of Corporate Banking Group at Boubyan Bank Ashraf Swailem said: “Innovation and creativity are the main key to the success of our strategy at Boubyan Bank, and by following the flexible approach and introducing a number of products that are offered for the first time in Kuwait to our customers, we seek to support our customers by providing them with new, advanced and easy-to-use products.”
He added: “Boubyan Bank aims to provide distinguished banking services to all sectors and companies of all sizes, with a focus on developing and enhancing digital services and products in order to meet customers’ needs and aspirations”.
Headquartered in London, DDCAP Group™ (DDCAP) is a market intermediary and financial technology solutions provider connecting the global Islamic financial market responsibly for almost 25 years. Working with conventional and Islamic banks and financial institutions, DDCAP offers award-winning asset facilitation services and technology and systems solutions to Islamic financial sector clients. Outside of our London headquarters, DDCAP’s international footprint includes representative offices in Bahrain, the Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. DDCAP has a Sharia’a Supervisory Board that includes five, world renowned scholars.
ETHOS AFP™ is a market leading, multiple award-winning real-time trade and post trade services platform which provides continuous coverage and enables DDCAP clients worldwide to purchase from a responsible, diverse asset inventory via a secure, web-based portal for onward sale to their own clients and counterparties. The open market platform with full STP functionality delivers an array of benefits and efficiencies whilst mitigating trade and operational risks.
ETHOSTerminal™ was launched in 2021 and brings additional integration functionality to DDCAP clients via an open market environment that enables users full discretion in choosing trade counterparts. In addition to gaining access to the Sharia’a compliant automated trade and post trade services platform, ETHOS AFP™ and to the extended functionality of ETHOSTerminal™, DDCAP clients and counterparties also have access to the fully integrated service solutions of DDCAP’s diverse and market leading technology partners which include Refinitiv and Murex.
DDCAP aspires to connect to the global Islamic financial market responsibly and works to promote awareness of the business and ethical case for responsible finance. DDCAP’s own commitment to Sustainable and Responsible Actions (“SRA”) is being reinforced within policy that extends across our corporate environment and infrastructure, business offerings and services and engagement with its stakeholders and other third parties. Development of ETHOS AFP™ and its functionality is integrated within DDCAP Group’s corporate policy formation, including its SRA programme and the review processes and procedures of our esteemed Sharia’a Supervisory Board.
Director, Deputy Chief Executive Officer