AL HILAL BANK PARTNERS WITH SUNTEC TO MANAGE VAT FOR ITS CUSTOMERS

Partnership to leverage SunTecXelerate to facilitate management of VAT for bank customers

SunTec, which enables global financial services organisations to increase the lifetime value of their customer relationships through effective revenue management and customer experience orchestration, today, announced its partnership with Al Hilal Bank, one of the most progressive Islamic banks headquartered in Abu Dhabi. Through this partnership, SunTec will facilitate in analysing transactions flowing through the bank’s systems, computing taxes under the new mandate and invoicing of the newly introduced Value Added Tax for the bank.

Commenting on the benefits of this vital collaboration; Alex Coelho, CEO of Al Hilal Bank, stated: “Collaborating with SunTec will lay down the foundation for a new age of VAT compliance in GCC countries. We are pleased to be the first bank in the UAE to apply SunTec’sXelerate, which is expected to have a tangible positive impact on streamlining operations and establishing a convenient tax regime.” He added: “SunTec is a valuable partner with the expertise, innovation and services, fundamental to the industry’s growth in the field of Islamic Finance.”

SunTec’sXelerate for VAT, in its current form, has been specifically developed for the Gulf co-operation countries (GCC) to cater to their newly added complexity of taxes. It is uniquely designed to be an over-the-top (OTT) solution which can easily integrate with the core systems of Al Hilal Banks existing IT landscape. This ‘out-of-the-box’ solution can be configured and will enable banks and financial institutions become VAT ready in a matter of weeks.

Commenting on the partnership, Amit Dua, President and Global Head, Client Facing Groups at SunTec said, “The new VAT regulation is an unknown in the GCC countries and we are proud to be the partner of choice for Al Hilal Bank in their journey towards compliance. Xelerate for VAT has been designed specifically to ensure that our clients find it convenient to become VAT compliant with least amount of interference to their existing infrastructure and carry on with business as usual.”

VAT is the first step that the GCC countries have taken towards a tax regime. All industries will get affected by this, including banking and financial services which is one of the major industries SunTec caters to. Companies with presence in multiple GCC countries will likely see a manifold increase in complexities over time. It is imperative to streamline operations so that service offerings are not compromised, and the financial institutions maintain the competitive edge.