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| 14 December, 2017

Central Bank of Bahrain endorses launch of Bahrain FinTech Bay

FinTech and Innovation Unit will work closely with the Bahrain FinTech Bay to support the development of the Bahrain Fintech ecosystem

The Bahrain Central Bank building is seen in Manama, in this undated handout picture.

The Bahrain Central Bank building is seen in Manama, in this undated handout picture.

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Manama - The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) yesterday announced a partnership officially endorsing the launch of Bahrain FinTech Bay (BFB) and its fintech initiatives in Bahrain.

The announcement is the most recent in a series of steps affirming the CBB’s commitment to developing Bahrain into a leader of fintech innovation and investment in the GCC region.

The CBB and its recently announced FinTech and Innovation Unit will work closely with the BFB to support the development of the Bahrain Fintech ecosystem and ensure the participation of financial institutions seeking to innovate and invest in Fintech.

In addition, the CBB will work closely to support innovators at the BFB in providing access and guidance to its regulatory framework, including the regulatory sandbox.

The BFB will be the first dedicated fintech hub and corporate incubator in the Middle East and Africa region. It is located in the Arcapita building overlooking Bahrain Bay and with 10,000sqft of state-of-the-art facilities including co-working spaces, communal areas, workstations and other shared infrastructure.

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The hub will be operated by Fintech Consortium, a global fintech ecosystem builder and operator. The BFB platform and offering is set to create ideal conditions to attract both local and international corporate innovation labs and fintech start-ups to collaborate on developing, testing, scaling and deploying new technologies in Bahrain and the wider GCC region.

The BFB will form part of a growing global network operated by the Fintech Consortium, comprising Singapore, New York, and now, Bahrain.

CBB Governor Rasheed Al Maraj said: “We are pleased to endorse Bahrain FinTech Bay and support its strategy towards positioning Bahrain as a regional leader in fintech. Its launch complements our initiative to introduce a comprehensive regulatory framework for fintech and to encourage its adoption by market participants as they look to prepare for the future. The CBB is confident that this level of partnership and co-ordination with the BFB will only enhance the Bahrain ecosystem and nurture further innovation.”

FinTech Consortium Bahrain chairman Maissan Al Maskati said: “We are delighted to receive this endorsement from the Central Bank of Bahrain and look forward to our partnership with the CBB’s fintech unit. We believe that close co-ordination on all matters pertaining to the development of new innovation will be important in promoting Bahrain’s advanced, robust and fintech friendly regulations to innovators globally.”

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