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UAE Central Bank Launches 9 New Key Digital Finance Initiatives

Posted On February 20, 2023

UAE Central Bank Launches 9 New Key Digital Finance Initiatives

The FIT Programme aims to support financial services sector, promote digital transactions, and enable the UAE’s competitiveness to become the financial and digital payment hub and a centre of excellence for innovation and digital transformation through encouraging innovation and collaboration as well as competition in the financial sector.

The programme comprises implementation of nine key initiatives.

The first stage includes a series of digital payment infrastructures and services such as the launch of a Card Domestic Scheme, an Instant Payments Platform, and the issuance of Central Bank Digital Currency for cross-border and domestic uses. These digital payment initiatives will drive financial inclusion, promote payment innovation, security and efficiency, and achieve a cashless society.

As part of the FIT Programme, the CBUAE will strengthen its digital leadership by adopting advanced supervisory technologies and data management solutions to implement robust supervisory processes and ensure financial stability.

In assisting the financial industry to move forward to the digital decade, the next stage of the FIT Programme is to develop and implement a number of digital infrastructures,  including the establishment of Financial Cloud, eKYC and Open Finance Platforms.

These digital infrastructures will improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost of operation, enhance innovation and customer experience, and most importantly, strengthen their security and operational resilience. With a full integration set for 2026, the FIT Programme creates an important platform in support of the country’s “We the UAE 2031” vision and National Digital Economy Strategy. It also further reinforces the CBUAE’s mission to enhance monetary and financial stability and consumer protection through robust financial infrastructure and the adoption of digital technologies.

Further details and implementation updates of each pillar of the FIT Programme will be announced in due course.


Source: Fintech News

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