The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) has unveiled the QFC Digital Assets Lab, powered by Qatar Central Bank.
The Digital Assets Lab is the inaugural programme 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.
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.
In his opening remarks, His Excellency Sheikh Bandar bin Mohammed bin Saoud Al-Thani, Governor, Qatar Central Bank, said:
“Qatar Financial Centre’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. The initiative will also support the development of other economic sectors by leveraging developments in digital technologies across multiple fields beyond the financial technology realm.”
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.
The launch of the QFC Digital Assets Lab 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.
Featured image credit: Yousuf Mohamed Al-Jaida, Chief Executive Officer, QFC