Financial institutions are subject to laws and regulations that monitor the stability of the financial system, protect customers, prevent fraud and money laundering, and ensure proper disclosure of product costs and terms. Policy makers in each country are responsible for drafting and enacting these laws and regulations, and for ensuring proper supervision exists to ensure compliance.

Beyond these essential functions, many policy makers also recognize that financial exclusion can impede economic development and contribute to financial and political instability. As such, financial inclusion is increasingly regarded as an essential component in the financial stability and integrity of an economy, and governments are highlighting financial inclusion as a national priority. With the growth of digital financial services and new actors such as fintechs operating in the financial inclusion space, regulators have had to become more flexible, adapting existing regulations and in some cases, creating new laws and regulatory bodies. The challenge is to create an enabling environment that protects low-income customers while also supporting innovation and keeping up with rapid technological change.

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Cross-border retail payments and prospects for the Arab region
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Options for banking supervisors in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
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Recommendations for Arab countries for developing their Digital ID and Electronic Know Your Customer programs

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