ITC SheTrades Initiative and Visa unite with Qatar Fintech Hub

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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The International Trade Centre’s (ITC) SheTrades Initiative, Visa, a world leader in digital payments, and Qatar Fintech Hub (QFTH) by Qatar Development Bank (QDB), have announced the next phase of their partnership to support youth and women entrepreneurs in Kuwait and Qatar.

‘Small Steps to Success’ introduces a comprehensive curriculum that covers entrepreneurial development, digitalization, innovation, and soft skills, tailored to youth and women entrepreneurs.

The project aims to foster a supportive ecosystem through customized peer-to-peer sessions and networking opportunities. It will also focus on empowering female entrepreneurs by engaging with financial institutions to promote inclusive practices and providing financial literacy training to entrepreneurs.

Dr. Hamad Salem Mejegheer, QDB’s Executive Director​ of Advisory and Incubation, said the initiative falls in line with the bank’s longtime efforts to propel entrepreneurs to success.

“This initiative is in line with QDB’s vision of fostering innovation and developing a collaborative ecosystem that nurtures creative ventures to position Qatar as a leading global and regional fintech hub. Through the cultivation of a robust digital economy, we contribute to advancing the objectives of the Third National Development Strategy and Qatar’s economic diversification efforts,” Dr. Mejegheer noted.

Shashank Singh, Visa’s VP and General Manager for Qatar and Kuwait stated that, “Through this partnership, we will help equip more women and young entrepreneurs in Qatar and Kuwait with the skills and network they need to thrive in the digital economy. Our collaborative efforts with ITC and QDB are an embodiment of our belief in the transformative power of digital inclusion and its potential to create a ripple effect of growth and opportunity for everyone, everywhere.”

ITC Executive Director Pamela Coke-Hamilton commented that, “We’re strengthening our partnership with Visa to see more women and youth drive innovation and sustainability in Qatar and Kuwait. From online business courses to networking and financing opportunities, we’re taking a holistic and tailored approach to delivering the support they need.”

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