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Central Bank of the UAE Launches Dedicated Fintech Office

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) has announced the launch of the CBUAE Fintech Office during Fintech Abu Dhabi 2020, MENA’s largest Fintech Festival which is co-hosted by CBUAE and Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The CBUAE Fintech Office aims to develop a mature Fintech ecosystem within the UAE and position the nation as a foremost Fintech hub regionally and globally.

H.E. Abdulhamid M. Saeed Alahmadi, Governor of the Central Bank of the UAE, said: “The UAE is no longer on the fringes of the global Fintech revolution but moving toward the centre of it. At the CBUAE, we have played a proactive role to build a mature Fintech ecosystem in the country.

“We are proud to contribute to several of the UAE’s national objectives through the establishment of our Fintech Office as it is a pivotal element of the strategy for advanced innovation. This Office will allow us to accelerate the transformation of digital payments and support financial inclusion. In addition, the CBUAE Fintech Office is mandated to execute the UAE’s Fintech Strategy which is centred on innovation and collaboration.”

The CBUAE Fintech Office will be working hand in hand with the industry and regulatory authorities to embrace innovation and digital transformation whilst promoting a culture of robust risk management. Furthermore, the Office will be supporting in attracting international and regional Fintech companies and providing a platform for all market participants to collaborate and innovate.

This commitment is backed by two-pillars: first being effective and balanced regulations, and second, being robust digital infrastructures. These two pillars form a solid foundation for five core building blocks to allow continued development and innovation of Fintech in the UAE, which comprise of: research and application; regulatory interface; coordination and liaison between relative stakeholders; talent development in UAE; and cross-border collaboration.

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