Dubai: Marwan Ahmad Lutfi, CEO of the Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB), the UAE federal government company mandated to implement and operate a credit reporting system across the UAE, has stressed the importance of strengthening communication, collaboration and knowledge exchange between GCC countries in order to support the regional credit reporting industry and in turn enhance GCC economies and credit markets.

Speaking during a panel discussion titled ‘Credit Reporting Growth in the GCC Region: Progress with the Credit Reporting Infrastructure and Business Models in the GCC Region’ at today’s World Consumer Credit Reporting Conference in Dubai, Lutfi said: “In light of the GCC’s continuing economic recovery and the ongoing development of the region’s financial infrastructure, there is a need for certain precautions to be taken in order to protect the lending sector, by providing a clear picture of credit behaviour patterns and minimising any risks to the credit market. This will help banks and financial institutions to reduce costs and lower provisions for credit losses, as well as allow individuals and companies with good credit profiles to access better loan terms and interest rates.”