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GEN 6.2 Guidance

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1. Every provision in the RulebookG must be interpreted in the light of its purpose. The purpose of any provision is to be gathered first and foremost from the text of the provision in question and its context among other relevant provisions.
2. When this section refers to a provision, this means every type of provision, including RulesG and GuidanceG .
3. Where reference is made in the RulebookG to another provision of the RulebookG or other DIFCG legislation, it is a reference to that provision as amended from time to time.
4. Unless the contrary intention appears:
a. words in the RulebookG importing the masculine gender include the feminine gender and words importing the feminine gender include the masculine; and
b. words in the RulebookG in the singular include the plural and words in the plural include the singular.
5. If a provision in the RulebookG refers to a communication, notice, agreement, or other document 'in writing' then, unless the contrary intention appears, it means in legible form and capable of being reproduced on paper, irrespective of the medium used. Expressions related to writing must be interpreted accordingly.
6. Any reference to 'dollars' or '$' is a reference to United States Dollars unless the contrary intention appears.
7. References to Articles made throughout the RulebookG are references to Articles in the Regulatory Law 2004 unless otherwise stated.
8. Unless stated otherwise, a day means a calendar day. If an obligation falls on a calendar day which is either a Friday or Saturday or an official State holiday in the DIFC, the obligation must take place on the next calendar day which is a business day.

Defined Terms

9. Defined terms are identified throughout the RulebookG by the capitalisation of the initial letter of a word or of each word in a phrase and are defined in the Glossary (GLO), however, where a word or phrase is used only, for example, in a prudential context in PIB then for convenience purposes it is only defined under PIB Rule 1.2.1 rather than in GLO. Similarly, in AML Rule 3.2.1 and in FPR section 1.3 there are a number of specific definitions. Unless the context otherwise requires, where capitalisation of the initial letter is not used, an expression has its natural meaning.

Derived from DFSA RM01/2004 (Made 16th September 2004). [VER1/09-04]
[Amended] DFSA RM42/2007 (Made 15th February 2007). [VER13/02-07]
[Amended] DFSA RM112/2012 (Made 15th October 2012). [VER31/12-12]
[Amended] DFSA RM234/2019 (Made 20th February 2019). [VER43/02-19]