Monday, 25 January 2021
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE USING OUR CLEAR GUIDELINES BELOW:

Who is eligible?
For most awards, banks and non-bank financial institutions including insurance companies, credit companies, non-bank finance companies, internet finance companies, cards associations, with retail operations in Middle East & Africa. An increasing number of financial technology companies, platform based ecosystems and other alternative retail financial services providers are entering previously bank-related products and services. These companies will be assessed alongside financial institutions.

What happens if a submission was already made during the International Programme in the product, process, digital or frictionless category? 
Banks, financial institutions and financial technology companies that already made submissions in any of the awards categories mentioned to International Programme, do not need to re-submit their case. Their entries will automatically placed into the country level Excellence in Retail FS and Technology Innovation Awards 2018. The Asian Banker may however re-approach the financial institution for an update.

Will institutions that do not make a submission be considered? 
We encourage all financial institutions to make submissions. However, regardless of your submission, The Asian Banker makes its own assessment based on previous interviews, industry observations and our own research. Institutions that do not make submissions risk not having complete descriptions of their programmes fully considered, but where we find worthy institutions, we will initiate our own enquiries.

Is the information submitted made available to the public?
All information submitted is treated in strictest confidence and used for evaluation purposes only. The Asian Banker publishes generic reports and normalised benchmarks that discuss trends and emerging best practices from the programme. Our published profiles of retail banks and generic reports can be found in the Retail Finance Working Group and the Financial Technology Working Group which is available through membership. However, we do not discuss any specific submission under any circumstances whatsoever.

When to submit? 
To be considered for an award, a complete submission must reach us no later than June 19, 2020. Winning initiatives, applications and programmes will be announced on July 10, 2020.

How to submit?
To request the submission kit to the Middle East & Africa Awards 2020, please click here. For more information contact Ms Sana L'ouahidi at slouahidi@theasianbanker.com

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE USING OUR CLEAR GUIDELINES BELOW:

1. Who is eligible?
Financial institutions, non traditional financial services companies and their technology partners need to jointly apply for the Technology Innovation award. All financial institutions and non-bank financial institutions (including insurance companies, brokerages, credit companies, finance companies and alternate financial services players), along with their partner technology and fintech companies with operations in Asia Pacific countries, Middle East and Africa, which have completed technology implementations in 2018 are eligible for submission. Separate submissions from financial institutions and technology companies will not be entertained.

An increasing number of fintech companies, marketplace platforms and other alternative providers are entering previously bank-related products and services. These companies will be assessed alongside financial institutions as far as they are able to make submissions based on the same submission kit attached to this document.

2. What questionnaire do I need to answer?
Please note that we have detailed audit-based questionnaires for each player, and all submissions must be completed and returned to us.

To get the submission kits in order to apply for the awards please contact Ms Sana L'ouahidi at slouahidi@theasianbanker.com or call our Singapore office at +65 6236 6500.

3. Will institutions that do not make a submission be considered?
We encourage all financial institutions and their technology partners to make submissions. However, regardless of your submission, The Asian Banker makes our own assessment based on previous interviews, industry observations and our own research. Institutions that do not make submissions risk not having a comprehensive description of their initiatives fully considered, but if we find worthy institutions, we will start our own enquiries.

4. Is the information submitted made available to the public?
All information submitted is treated in strictest confidence and used for evaluation purposes only. The Asian Banker publishes generic reports and standardised benchmarks that discuss trends and emerging best practices from the programme. Our published profiles can be found in the Financial Technology Working Group which is available through membership. We do not discuss any specific submission under any circumstances whatsoever.

5. When to submit?
To be considered for an award, a completed submission must reach us no later than 31st January 2019, either in print or electronic format. For all financial data, please provide pro forma figures up to period for which figures are available. Please keep in mind that only the technology projects that were completed or made fully functional in 2018 are eligible for consideration. The Asian Banker prefers electronic submissions to help protect our environment.

6. Where to send the submission to?

Kindly submit your application(s) in softcopy to techawards@theasianbanker.com.
You may also submit your entries online through the http://www.asianbankerawards.com/technology/theawards.php

For more information on our Financial Technology Innovation Awards programme 2020, please visit our website at www.theasianbanker.com or please contact Ms Sana L'ouahidi at slouahidi@theasianbanker.com or call our Singapore office at +65 6236 6500.

7. Commitment to Integrity Statement
The Asian Banker is committed to the highest level of integrity in conducting all of its awards programmes. At no time, would we conduct ourselves in a manner that could give the industry any reasons to doubt the impartiality of the decision making process. We make a clear distinction between the commercial aspects of running an awards programme which go towards underwriting the costs of the researchers and the time involved, and the neutrality with which our researchers make their decisions. We would like the industry to take these awards, presented by the Asian Banker, as representing the most prestigious recognition of their work as well as professional careers.

We have examined many different forms of funding the awards programmes and have found that the model that we currently have is the most effective. A well-run awards programme must have important working elements that define it.

The Asian Banker awards programmes are run with the intention to identify emerging best practices and benchmarks that can set high standards for the industry to meet, exceed and shape the future.

The community element is extremely important as the awards programme is meant to inspire future progress in the industry. As such, the conference and awards dinners are a critical component of the programmes. We insist that all winners attend these programmes to ensure that the community element is intact. For this reason, winners can forfeit their recognition if they do not attend the designated awards ceremonies.

We adhere to the following guidelines.

    • The entire enquiry process in the awards programmes is thorough and non-discriminatory. With this approach, we have discovered best practices in institutions that we may have never had any forms of interactions in the past. We then initiate an enquiry process to identify new winners who may not be aware of the programmes. The process is run on a neutral basis, and we make no distinction between institutions with which we have a commercial relationship and those that we do not. We conduct our research to identify the best possible candidates for the respective awards programmes.

    • In the course of our research, we do not accept any forms of gratuity, including transport, food, or conveniences and allowances of any kind from any institutions that we make an enquiry on. We undertake our own travel and communication expenses with all the different players.


    • The sales team in the Asian Banker has no influence in the selection process whatsoever. Although we have instances when institutions make representation to the sales team ahead of the award process, there are strict protocols in place with the research and editorial teams where none of these information is communicated and least of all, influence the decisions.


    • The sales team only becomes aware of the winners after the list is approved by the Council of Advisors and published to the winning institutions. The list is final and no amendments are made based on any commercial arrangements that arise thereafter.


    • Winning institutions are encouraged by the sales team to participate in commercial activities, most of which goes to underwrite the costs involved in conducting the research. The research process often takes between four and six months of research time and work. During this time they are not paid by any of the institutions that are being covered. We also do not accept sponsorships that can unduly influence the type of winners being selected.


    • The commercial arrangements are designed to add value to the winning institutions’ own marketing efforts as a result of winning the awards. They are also intended to create and sustain the community element that is required to bring the entire industry together, which in turn adds to the prestige and recognition of these awards.


    • Any allegations of impropriety or lack of impartiality are taken seriously and brought to the attention of the Council of Advisors for their decision.

Financial Integrity
The Asian Banker does not take into consideration any financial commitment in making its assessment. It is strictly not possible to influence the award in any way. However winners are requested to invest in research reports, case studies, videos and write-ups generated from the results for our editorial coverage and for winner’s marketing use.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE USING OUR CLEAR GUIDELINES BELOW:
1. Who is eligible?
All banks and non-bank financial institutions (including insurance companies, finance companies, asset/fund management companies, securities companies, remittance companies/money transfer operators, foreign exchange operators, and money lending companies) with operations in the Middle East and Africa region areeligible to make a submission. Eligibility extends to technology firms and consulting firms that have completed specific implementation projects with such institutions.

2. What documents do I need to submit?
You need to fill the questionnaire and address the award-specific criteria for each award category included as part of your answers to the general questions posed here.Your submission should be accompanied by a copy of your latest annual report.

3. Will institutions that do not make a submission be considered?
The Asian Banker may decide, at its own discretion and on a strictly case by case basis, toconsider institutions that do not make a submission. However, institutions that do not makea submission may have a ranking that is not up to their expectations due to unavoidabledifficulties in gathering comprehensive and accurate information

4. What makes a good submission?
Submissions that contain the necessary documentation provide the team of researchers andpanel of judges a clearer picture of the capabilities of the institution. A detailed description,together with documentation of how the institution’s risk management corecompetencies were applied either through an event or a strategy, will greatlyhelp the review process.

Submissions are evaluated based on various scorecards.Institutions may visit this website for more details: http://www.asianbankerawards.com/riskmanagement/overview.php

5. Is the information submitted made available to the public?
All business sensitive information provided will not be published in any form whatsoeverthat could reveal the names of the institutions involved. The information selected fordetermining industry benchmarks will not refer to any institution by name.

6. When is the deadline for submissions?
To be considered for an award, please make a complete submission to us no later than May 18th, 2020

7. Contact information
For more information on our Risk Technology Implementation Awards 2020 Programme, please visit our website at http://www.asianbankerawards.com/riskmanagement/index.phpor contact Ms. Shenming Wang at smwang@theasianbanker.com.

Your application should be submitted in softcopy to riskawards@theasianbanker.com

THE EVALUATION TIMEFRAME

Award Application
Deadline: July 31st 2019

Complete submissions must reach us no later than the close of business in Singapore on July 31st2019.

Stage I: First Review
August 1st –August 16th  2019

Each complete submission is reviewed and scored by a team of analysts. We will seek additional information as necessary by inviting shortlisted organizations to be interviewed by telephone.

Stage II: Interviews
Early September 2019

Based on an independent review our team of researchers will conduct interviews during the beginning of September with relevant executives in short-listed organizations across the respective categories.

Stage III: Selection and Notification of Award Winners Late September/early October

Based on submissions and interviews our international panel of advisors will select the winners for each category by early October. Winners will be notified in advance and must be present to receive their awards.

Stage IV: MEA International Banking Dialogue UAE, Dubai
October 23rd 2019

The most rigorous, prestigious and transparent risk management award of its kind in Middle East & Africa. This year’s dinner award ceremony is held in conjunction with MEA International Finance Dialogue 2019.

SUBMISSIONS MUST BE MADE USING OUR CLEAR GUIDELINES BELOW:

1. Who is eligible?
Institutions, banks and non-banks, with operations in Middle East and Africa. Should you wish to participate in the awards for more than one country, please complete and send in a separate set of submission kit for each country.

2. Will institutions that do not make a submission be considered?
The Asian Banker may decide, at its own discretion and on a strictly case-by-case basis, to
consider transaction institutions that do not make a submission. However, transaction institutions that do not make a submission may have a ranking that is not up to their expectations due to unavoidable difficulties in gathering full and accurate information when a submission has not been made.

3. Completing the questionnaire
Submissions should be made on separate Excel spreadsheets that are attached to the
submission kit if your institution applies for “International Transaction Finance Awards, Middle East & Africa”, “Payments and Currency Clearing Awards, Middle East & Africa” and “Domestic Transaction Finance Awards, Middle East & Africa”. You are free to supplement the information here with an additional presentation or data packs. Always provide key financials in US Dollar (thousand/million/billion) and your answers in the context of the location/region for your submission, unless otherwise prompted. For applying to Frictionless Transaction Awards, please make a submission with no more than 15 pages in length and answer the questions in “The Asian Banker - Transaction Finance Awards 2020 for Middle East & Africa- Frictionless Transaction Awards”.

4. Is the information submitted made available to the public?
All information you provide will be kept in strictest confidence. A final report will collate
the findings and publish generic information that discusses trends and emerging best
practices from the programme, but does not discuss any specific submission under any
circumstances whatsoever.

5. Commitment to Integrity Statement
The Asian Banker is committed to the highest level of integrity in the conduct of all its awards
programmes. At no time would we conduct ourselves in a manner that can give the industry
any reasons to doubt the impartiality of the decision-making process involved. We make a clear
distinction between the commercial aspects of running an awards programme which go towards underwriting the costs of the researchers and the time involved, and the neutrality with which our researchers make their decisions. We wish that the industry takes the awards presented by The Asian Banker as representing the most prestigious recognition of their work as well as professional careers.

6. When to submit?
Please complete the questionnaire and email it to transactionawards@theasianbanker.com no later than May 18th 2020.

Contact information
For more information on our Transaction Awards, please visit our website at  http://awards.asianbankerforums.com/middle-east-and-africa-awards or address any questions to schandani@theasianbanker.com

THE EVALUATION TIMEFRAME

Award Application

Award Application Deadline:
May 18th 2020

Complete submissions must reach us no later than the close of business in Singapore on May 18th 2020

Stage I: First Review
May 19th -June 01st  2020

Each complete submission is reviewed and scored by a team of analysts. We will seek additional information as necessary by inviting shortlisted organizations to be interviewed by telephone.

Stage II: Interviews
June to July 2020

Based on an independent review our team of researchers will conduct interviews during June-July with relevant executives in short-listed organizations across the respective categories.

Stage III: Selection and Notification of Award Winners

August 10th 2020

Based on submissions and interviews our international panel of advisors will select the winners for each category by August 10 2020. Winners will be notified in advance and must be present to receive their awards.

Stage IV: The Asian Banker MEA International Finance Convention 2020
Dubai, UAE
October 16th 2020

The most rigorous, prestigious and transparent transaction finance awards of its kind in the Middle East & Africa.This year’s dinner award ceremony is held in conjunction with the MEA International Finance Convention, a major forum for top transaction service providers to share effective and innovative practices across markets and to generate leadership and focused ideas that facilitate the shaping of the future of transaction finance in the region.