Qatar Financial Center launches Digital Assets Lab

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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QFC Digital Assets Lab

The Qatar Financial Center (QFC), a leading onshore financial and business center in the region, has unveiled the QFC Digital Assets Lab, powered by Qatar Central Bank (QCB).

The Digital Assets Lab is the inaugural program to be launched under the Innovation Dome, an innovative platform that fosters transformative initiatives, aiming to position the country as a leader in the digital realm. The lab will foster open innovation in Qatar through proof-of-concept and proof-of-value, accelerating the growth of Qatar’s digital sector in line with the vision to establish Doha as a global financial and commercial hub by 2030.

Within this space, innovation, research, and development are focused on cultivating promising digital concepts within the domain of Digital Assets and Distributed Ledger Technology. The aim is to transform these concepts into viable cutting-edge technologies that can be practically applied across various industries.

Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani_QFC Digital Assets Lab launched
Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al Thani
Governor – QCB,
Chairman – QFCRA

“Qatar Financial Center’s initiative is one of the key objectives of Qatar Central Bank’s Fintech Strategy launched in March 2023 in line with Qatar National Vision 2030. This initiative will create a favorable environment for the diversification of digital assets, increasing business competitiveness, and encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation. It will support the development of other economic sectors by leveraging developments in digital technologies across multiple fields beyond the financial technology realm.”

The Qatar Central Bank’s visionary leadership has consistently been at the forefront of pioneering initiatives in the financial sector. Its support for the QFC Digital Assets Lab reaffirms its commitment to embracing innovative technologies that drive economic transformation. This initiative resonates with the QCB Fintech Strategy, an alignment that not only fortifies the nation’s financial landscape but also underscores Qatar Central Bank’s dedication to ushering in a new era of digital advancement.

QFC’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Jaida said that “With the rapid evolution of technology, digital transformation has become a fundamental aspect of every sphere of modern life, from personal interactions to industrial operations and global governance. The establishment of the Innovation Dome, housing the Digital Assets Lab, puts Qatar at the forefront of innovation and on an accelerated path to integrating disruptive technologies into the market. The Dome’s mission is to foster a dynamic and technologically advanced landscape in Qatar, while the Lab will serve as a catalyst for pioneering financial solutions, further enhancing Qatar’s status as a prominent global commercial center.”

The event provided an extensive overview of the Digital Assets Lab, covering a range of essential aspects, including insights into potential participants, the variety of use cases that can be tested within the Lab, the digital assets journey and key benefits. Notably, the event featured industry experts who engaged in a panel discussion and Fireside Chat, delving into the ways in which new technology is propelling Qatar’s economy forward and around the role of the Digital Assets Regulations within the Lab’s operational framework.

The launch marks the commencement of the application process for the inaugural innovation challenge cycle, inviting fintech companies and industry stakeholders to engage in exploration and collaboration.

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