DIFC FinTech Hive hosts CIO Majlis delegation

Ahmed Al Ahmed, Chairman of CIOMajlis and Chief Information Officer of Nakheel at the recent event held at DIFC FinTech Hive. — Supplied photo
Ahmed Al Ahmed, Chairman of CIOMajlis and Chief Information Officer of Nakheel at the recent event held at DIFC FinTech Hive. — Supplied photo

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Published: Thu 23 Sep 2021, 2:31 PM

Last updated: Thu 23 Sep 2021, 2:37 PM

A delegation from CIO Majlis recently visited DIFC FinTech Hive,  the first and largest financial technology accelerator in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

The aim of the visit was to know more about FinTech Hive and its programmes, designed to help fintech, insurtech, regtech and Islamic fintech startups create solutions for the MEASA region’s largest financial industry and insurance market, and also to discover some of the raising unicorns such as Flybits, CoralX, Crossval, Infinitech and Uqudo.

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the MEASA region, which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and a nominal GDP of $7.7 (Dh28.28) trillion.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of more than 25,600 professionals working across over 2,500 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

It offers one of the region’s most comprehensive FinTech and venture capital environments, including cost-effective licensing solutions, fit-for-purpose regulation, innovative accelerator programmes, and funding for growth-stage startups.

“We were delighted to exchange knowledge with the DIFC FinTech Hive team,” said Ahmed Al Ahmed, Chairman of CIOMajlis. “We were impressed by the number of startups and the impressive pool of talents that the entity houses which reflects its exponential growth year on year,” he added.

“It was a great opportunity to host the CIOMajlis delegation and present DIFC FinTech Hive’s continued efforts in developing the Fintech ecosystem in the region especially in front of esteemed leaders from various organisations. It was especially great to have some of our start-ups present their solutions that were developed through our flagship Accelerator programme. We hope to always serve as a platform to connect all types of FinTech start-ups to the leading organisations as we aim to foster limitless innovation and continue to lead the region,” said Raja Al Mazrouei, executive vice-president of DIFC FinTech Hive.

Established in 2016 by Smartworld, CIOMajlis functions as a thought leadership and networking hub for Senior Technology Executives to swap industry knowledge, explore business solutions, and share experiences.

CIOMajlis is strategically sponsored by The Investment Corporation of Dubai  (ICD), a state-owned holding company and sovereign wealth fund owned by the government of Dubai. — reporters@khaleejtimes.com

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