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Al Ansari Exchange Taps Pelican for Financial Crime Compliance

UAE-based foreign exchange platform Al Ansari has partnered with financial crime compliance company Pelican. Under the deal, Al Ansari will leverage Pelican’s PelicanSecure, a set of AI-based sanctions screening, anti-money laundering tools, and transaction monitoring solution.

Al Ansari selected PelicanSecure for its compliance accuracy, auditability, processing capacity, and AI-based risk classification approach. Company CEO Mohammad Bitar also noted that, because AI is a core part of Al Ansari’s strategy, Pelican’s use of the enabling technology was a factor in the partnership.

“We selected Pelican as we are convinced they can support us enhancing our anti-money laundering and sanctions compliance frameworks to make them more robust through the use of innovative technology, said Bitar. “This is the start of a long-term partnership with Pelican and we look forward to working closely to streamline our operations around sanction screening, transaction monitoring and AML, both now and in the future.”

Pelican is headquartered in the U.K. and was founded in 1993. Among the company’s clients are ADCB, Standard Chartered Bank, Al Mulla Exchange, Wells Fargo, State Bank of India, and Bank of Barbado.

Al Ansari opened its first branch in 1966 and has since expanded to 190 branches. The company has 2,500 employees that help facilitate 80,000 transfers each day for 2.5 million customers every month. Last year, Al Ansari transferred $11.3 billion (AED 40.5 billion) via its network.