Emirates takes on LBMA with launch of UAE Good Delivery Standard for gold

Within the ongoing tug of battle between the gold buying and selling centres of, on the one hand, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and on the opposite, the axis of London-Switzerland, the UAE has now thrown down the gauntlet with the launch of a UAE Good Supply Normal for gold, a system which is able to go into impact starting in February.

This UAE Good Supply Normal shall be just about just like the LBMA Good Supply Normal for gold, and can govern which gold bars from which refiners shall be acceptable for settlement and buying and selling within the UAE market.  

Readers of BullionStar blogs shall be accustomed to the truth that UAE-Dubai and London-Switzerland haven’t been on the most effective of phrases for fairly a while, and that the Dubai / UAE gold business, within the type of such personalities as Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem, government chairman of the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), haven’t been afraid to push again in opposition to LBMA – Swiss interference.

Recall the BullionStar articles “In Delusional Push, LBMA Threatens to Blacklist Total Gold Buying and selling Centres” (24 November 2020), “In Ongoing Saga, Dubai Stands its Floor with the LBMA” (18 June 2021), and “Swiss stress in opposition to UAE gold imports causes sharp rebuttal” from Dubai (27 October 2021).

This newest launch of a UAE Good Supply (UAEGD) Normal for gold should due to this fact be seen within the context of developments which have been ongoing for fairly a while, a context which whereas ceaselessly cloaked in entrance males equivalent to NGOs and the OCED, and a complicit MSM spin about illicit gold mining / gold smuggling, is, on the finish of the day all about UAE business and sovereign independence vs LBMA bullion financial institution cartel management.

Be aware that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists of seven Emirates, specifically Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain. Abu Dhabi is the executive capital, Dubai is essentially the most populous emirate. The whole inhabitants of the UAE is 10 million.

The Dubai Treasured Metals Convention (DPMC)

Whereas dialogue of a UAE Good Supply customary for gold (which is very similar to the LBMA Good Supply customary for acceptable gold bars) first emerged at a gathering of the UAE’s Ministerial Improvement Council in Abu Dhabi on 6 December 2020, the precise launch of the UAEGD was introduced on 18 November on the 2021 Dubai Treasured Metals Convention (DPMC), after particulars have been finalized at a gathering of the UAE Bullion Market in Abu Dhabi Committee on 9 October. 

Ahmed Bin Sulayem – Opening speech of the 2021 Dubai Treasured Metals Convention, 18 November 2021, Dubai

Notably, the opening tackle of the Dubai Treasured Metals Convention on 18 November was given by DMCC’s Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem, and in attribute type, Bin Sulayem didn’t maintain again from addressing the actual points at stake, when he rebuked the assaults from Switzerland lower than a month earlier:

“I need to first tackle the elephant within the room, specifically, the constant and unsubstantiated assaults launched on Dubai by different buying and selling centres and establishments. As a strategic location which connects producing nations with main manufacturing centres, and the biggest consuming markets on this planet, Dubai has a novel comparative benefit.

Sadly, relatively than discovering methods to collaborate or interact, Dubai has confronted a steady barrage of unsubstantiated criticism from a broad vary of stakeholders together with corrupt NGOs, de facto regulators, and extra not too long ago the Swiss Secretariat for Financial Affairs which has directed to its refineries attempting to get strict on UAE gold.”

Bin Sulayem continued:

For the advantage of such establishments, I’ll begin reminding them that DMCC’s sensible steering which has been in impact since 2012, enforces all members to observe the OECD due diligence steering, which is mandatary for all Dubai Good Supply and Market Deliverable Manufacturers and accredited refiners.

Simply because the LBMA’s Accountable Gold Steering enforces the identical obligatory insurance policies for it’s LBMA accredited refiners.

Both you settle for that the OECD is a normal price following, during which case it’s best to settle for all gold from accredited refiners, or none in any respect.

In the identical manner that Meta and Twitter how proven broadly corrupt they are often with knowledge privateness, so have these establishments proven that they don’t seem to be keen on working to enhance the business requirements, however defend their very own monetary pursuits at the price of everybody else.”

For the above speech, see minutes 09:45 – 13:00 on the following video hyperlink. 

Sturdy phrases for the assembled solid of bullion market attendees on the Dubai convention, a couple of of whom (from the LBMA and Switzerland) most likely choked on their espresso as they listened.

Subsequent up at the18 November convention was Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for International Commerce who publicly introduced the launch of the UAE Good Supply (UAEGD) Normal on the convention attendees, saying that it might align UAE vast gold sector practices with the OECD due diligence steering.

UAE Good Supply Normal launch

Ten days afterward 28 November in Abu Dhabi, the UAE Bullion Market Committee carried out the ‘official’ launch of the UAE Good Supply customary, which in addition they name the “Emirates Normal for Good Supply” for refiners and smelters. This launch was officiated by Thani Al Zeyoudi (which can be chairman of the UAE Bullion Market Committee), and UAE Minister of Economic system, Abdullah bin Touq Al Marri.

Thani Al Zeyoudi (centre) and government workforce of UAE Good Supply Normal, 28 November 2021, Abu Dhabi

Based mostly on protection of this launch (from an announcement by the UAE Ministry of Economic system), what will we learn about this new customary for gold?

In abstract:

• The Emirates Normal for Good Supply (UAEGD) is a voluntary customary that gives a nationwide framework for the gold sector, in keeping with worldwide greatest practices 

• It’s a brand new nationwide customary, throughout all the United Arab Emirates, and never simply Dubai.

• The UAEGD covers ‘high quality and technical specs of refineries and gold manufacturing services’ within the UAE

• This contains 3 analysis standards (technical capabilities, monetary soundness, and gold sourcing procedures of the participant refinries / services)

• The UAEGD is one spoke within the UAE federal coverage framework for the gold sector

• Beneath the hood, the plan is to primarily undertake the “Dubai Normal for Good Supply” and roll it out because the relevant customary on the nationwide (UAE) degree.

In keeping with Al Zeyoudi (UAE Minister of State for International Commerce), the UAE Good Supply customary will:

• Strengthen UAE’s place as a world gold, jewellery and bullion commerce hub

• Improve the competitiveness of the merchandise from UAE gold refineries and gold sector members

• Facilitate the entry of UAE refineries and different UAE gold sector members to international markets

• By adopting greatest worldwide practices, strengthen governance and regulation of the UAE gold sector

Dubai’s well-known Gold Souk

One other Minister of State on the launch, Ahmed bin Ali Al Sayegh, who notably referred to gold as a “strategic commodity”, mentioned that the UAE Good Supply system goals to use to all elements of gold buying and selling within the UAE, together with gold exports and gold imports, and manufacturing and logistics.

Apparently, the Ministry of Economic system assertion concerning the UAEGD launch revealed some latest commerce statistics concerning the UAE gold and treasured metals sector:

• Gold, diamonds, and jewellery commerce comprise 25% of UAE’s whole non-oil overseas commerce

• In 2020, UAE worldwide commerce quantity of gold, diamonds, and jewellery totaled roughly $100 billion.

• UAE’s gold exports in 2020 have been approx $30 billion (56% increased than 2019)

• First half 2021 UAE gold exports totaled $18 billion (40% increased than the H1 2020, and practically double H1 2019)

• The variety of licensed smelters within the UAE = 28

• The variety of UAE services working within the metals & gems sector and associated business actions = 5,604

For the reason that UAE Bullion Market Committee is a steering committee, it has now fashioned a daily ‘Govt Workplace’ workforce to handle the UAE Good Supply customary and to implement the Committee’s initiatives. The top of this workforce is Muhammad Ali Al Kamali.


Particulars of the UAE Good Supply system don’t appear to have been printed but. For those who take a look at the DMCC web site below a web page which was beforehand referred to as Dubai Good Supply, this web page has now been retitled UAE Good Supply.

This pages states that given the launch of Emirates Good Supply on 18 November 2021, the present Dubai Good Supply (DGD) pointers will now be ‘UAE Good Supply (UAEGD)’ pointers, and that UAEGD shall be ruled the ‘UAE Good Supply Accreditation Guidelines’ of the ‘Emirates Bullion Market Committee’.

Nevertheless, as of time of writing, the present DGD pointers paperwork and accreditation guidelines have but to get replaced by UAEGD paperwork and UAEGD accreditation guidelines. The web page says “Extra data to observe in the end”. So watch this house.

Till extra data turns into accessible, anybody eager to learn concerning the LBMA Good Supply Normal for gold, and the way accredited refineries are accepted and monitored, can achieve this right here.

For the reason that launch of the UAE Good Supply Normal on 28 November, the assaults in opposition to the Dubai and UAE gold sector have continued, most notably precisely one month afterward 28 December 2021 when Bloomberg (no surprises) printed a veritable hit piece on the Dubai gold sector titled “Dubai Can’t Shake Off the Stain of Smuggled African Gold”.

This hit-piece was extremely deliberate and detailed and used the enter of a minimum of 11 Bloomberg reporters in addition to the enter of NGOs, varied African politicians, and un-named sources in Dubai, and painted UAE officers as being on the defensive.

Which begs the query, why does Bloomberg by no means use one reporter (not to mention 11) to analyze and publish an article titled “London Can’t Shake Off the Stain of Smuggled Gold / illegally Mined Gold / illicitly sourced Gold”? As a result of there may be loads of anecdotal proof that such gold sourcing exists linked to LBMA banks and refiners. 


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