The UAE Banks Federation (UBF) will develop an integrated framework to improve the efficiency and transparency of its members in handling customer complaints.

Central bank authorities have approved the initiative, the UBF said in its statement. The group represents 48 lenders operating in the Emirates.

– The proposed framework was developed as part of the UBF’s continued efforts to enhance customer experience, as well as bring higher levels of transparency and efficiency in addressing the concerns of the bank customers in the UAE – Abdulaziz Al-Ghurair, the chairman of UBF, said in a statement.

-The Central Bank’s blessing for the framework paves the way for the country-wide implementation of this landmark initiative, which is in line with global best practices. It will ensure that customers’ concerns, rights and interests are taken care of and protected.

The group likewise unveiled a set of guidelines that specify standards for good banking practices for is member banks when dealing with complaints from customers.

The purpose of the Service Promise is to upgrade the quality of service that bank customers across the UAE will receive when they file a complaint about a product or service. By providing a set of guidelines and adequate quality assurance to customers, the Service Promise will raise the industry standards and ensure standardised processes and experiences across banks, as well as help encourage consumer confidence in the banking industry, Al-Ghurair said.

Under UBF’s Service Promise, customers can lodge complaints through a variety of channels, including bank call centres, branches, via the Internet or mobile banking and the social media.

Customers would then get an acknowledgement from their bank that their complaints have been received, and a resolution would be provided within six business days or less.

If the bank is unable to solve the complaint within 60 days, the complainant will be provided with information about their options for external escalation, the UBF said.

Source: Arab News