Feb 02, 2022 by Qanect
Doha, Qatar - February 1, 2022: KARTY – QFTH Startup, a tailored financial services provider from Doha, Qatar, announced signing a strategic partnership agreement with Visa, and a Memorandum of Understanding with Doha Bank . The partnership with Visa is part the FinTech fast-track program in the Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEMEA) region by Visa, the world's leader in digital payments. Meanwhile, the MoU with Doha Bank paves the way to providing content and services to the Qatari community.
Hosted by Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH), a QDB Incubator, the Virtual Partnership Signing Ceremony began with a welcoming speech by Mr Mohammed El-Gaili Suleiman, Co-Founder of KARTY, followed by the strategic partnership announcement between KARTY and Visa. Subsequently, a fireside chat panel was conducted and moderated by Mr. Hasan Askari, Director of Financial Services Advisory, Africa, India, Middle East – Ernst and Young, in relation to the importance of FinTech industries and how it will help the Qatari market and consumers to harness the power of digital financial services for a better life experience. The event concluded with the MoU signing between KARTY and Doha Bank.
“QDB and QFTH believe in the power of partnerships. This is why, as part of our commitment to offering world-class expertise and opportunities to startups, QFTH has collaborated and cooperated with key stakeholders in the FinTech ecosystem and supportive corporations such as Visa and Doha Bank to ensure FinTechs have access to the broader financial community. SMEs are a primary component of a liberal and stable economy, and today, we applaud our joint efforts to make this plan materialize,” said Abdulrahman Hesham Al-Sowaidi, Acting CEO of QDB.
The agreement is considered a major milestone for KARTY as they launch their payment solution platform and attempt to scale their business to become the leading lifestyle payments app in the region.
“Alex McCrea, Vice President and Head of Digital Partnerships & Ventures in CEMEA at Visa, said: “Visa is committed to partnering with and supporting the next generation of payment innovators. We are delighted to welcome KARTY to Visa’s Fintech Fast Track program and launch next generation customer experiences powered by Visa credentials and Visa Developer APIs.”
During the Virtual ceremony, Doha Bank, one of the largest commercial banks in Qatar, signed a Memorandum of Understating with KARTY to provide straightforward, digestible content suitable for all ages and languages related to money management, financial crimes, and other topics that people may find interesting or valuable in their everyday lives.
“KARTY has earned its name and place among one of the region’s most promising fintech startups, and more importantly, as a homegrown player with deep insight into the local financial market’s needs and gaps. We are proud to be joining forces with such a promising startup and like-minded partner to drive a sector-level transition and consumer behavioral shift towards a financially inclusive, digital economy in Qatar" said Raghavan Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank.
KARTY is a QFTH FinTech which has graduated from Wave 2 of the Incubator and Accelerator Programs. The company’s digital solution will enable users to spend, save, and manage their finances in one app by providing complete financial visibility loaded with multiple features. The comprehensive suite of swift and safe FinTech services will cater for all financial transactions without the need to visit branches or have any in-person interaction.
During the event, Mohammed El-Gaili Suleiman, Co-Founder of KARTY, elaborated on the services offered by KARTY and expressed his excitement about the partnership and MoU. “We are thrilled to be here today to celebrate this huge milestone. I would like to thank QDB and QFTH as well as Doha Bank and Visa for their confidence in our ability to bring unique financial services to the market. We are eager to work together and launch our services in Qatar, and to follow with all GCC countries and the Middle East region.”
QFTH was launched by Qatar Development Bank (QDB), with the support of Qatar Central Bank (QCB), to advance and enhance innovation in the financial sector. Since its inception, QFTH has been QDB’s arm in supporting the local FinTech sector, nurturing Qatari entrepreneurs, and growing this important industry field.
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