Omda Exchange is committed to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing in accordance with the Central Bank of the United
Arab Emirate’s regulations and international best practices in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) & Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF).
To this effect, we are fully geared to detect suspicious activities associated with money laundering, fraud, terrorist financing
& financing of illicit organizations, and report them to the Central Bank of the UAE, as per the regulations. We at Omda Exchange
are dedicated to conduct business securely with integrity and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
Delivering Trust and Transparency to Our Customers.
Development of internal policies, procedures and related controls
Designation of a compliance officer
A thorough and ongoing training program
Independent review for compliance.
Know Your Customer (KYC)
We follow a strong identity verification process for all our customers as per local and international AML/CTF regulations
irrespective of the amount of the transaction.
KYC (Know Your Customer) and KYCC (Know your Customer’s Customer) policies
are adhered to at all levels of the organization. Identifying and conducting Customer Due Diligence (CDD) and Enhanced
Due Diligence (EDD) wherever required is a normal process at Omda Exchange for identifying any sign of money laundering.
Customer Due Diligence (CDD)
In our CDD process, we obtain relevant details of every customer to ensure that the transactions they perform are
in line with their profile or business activities. Our focus has always been to ensure the legitimacy of the
source of funds and purpose of transaction.
Enhance Due Diligence (EDD)
EDD is to perform additional measures, besides the usual CDD, to know more about the customer, his source of funds
and to confirm that the transactions are within its means. To verify that funds are legitimate and not related to
any criminal proceeds by obtaining authentic and genuine documents which must support both the underlying and stated
purpose. Omda Exchange adopts a risk-based approach to identify and eliminate potential risks. Hence EDD is compulsorily
performed on all high-risk accounts.
To ensure compliance with the applicable sanctions against persons and entities, Omda Exchange has an automated
system to screen the names of the customers against the sanctions lists issued by the Central Bank of the UAE,
the UN Security Council (UNSC), The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), The Office of Financial Sanctions
Implementation (OFSI) the list issued by European Union (EU), and the local terrorist list issued by the UAE
Supreme Council for National Security. Along with the customers’ names, all the parties to the transactions
are also filtered through the screening system in order to ensure compliance with Sanctions Obligations.
Omda Exchange ensures that an ongoing ‘Transaction Monitoring’ is conducted to detect transactions which are unusual or
potentially suspicious based on the customer profile/ behavior. The front line agents acts as a first line of defense
and are empowered to escalate any unusual behavior/ transactions through internal channels. This process is supplemented
by an extensive review of the transactions at the second line of defense including increased monitoring of the customer’s
transactions and behavior.
We at Omda Exchange strongly believe in empowering our employees at every level. Effective AML trainings help the company
develop a good AML/CTF governance at different levels within the organization.
New employees are trained on AML policy & procedures within 30 days of joining Omda Exchange, with follow-up trainings conducted annually.
Record Keeping & Confidentiality
All records including the customer’s identification documents, related data, transaction data and any other relevant
document are maintained and retained for a minimum of five years. This is in line with the regulations of the Central
Bank of the UAE. Omda Exchange shall always maintain the confidentiality of information provided by its customers and
their transaction records.
Independent Review of the Compliance & AML Department
Compliance & AML function is subject to reviews by Internal Audit, the Central Bank of the UAE examiners as well as independent external auditors.
This ensures that the compliance program is always up-to-date and is meeting all the regulatory requirements.