Thursday 23, November 2017 by Jessica Combes

DFSA and ASIC sign fintech agreement


The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have entered into an agreement that sets out a framework for cooperation on financial technology (fintech) innovation.

According to a statement by the DFSA, the agreement demonstrates a commitment by both Authorities to provide a regulatory framework that promotes innovation in financial services and regulatory compliance in their respective markets.

“Today’s agreement underscores our commitment to maintaining strong channels of communication with our regulatory peers and creates a regulatory framework that supports the latest developments in fintech innovation. We have a long-standing productive relationship with our colleagues at ASIC, which we look forward to extending to this fast-developing industry,” said Ian Johnston, Chief Executive of the DFSA.

The DFSA’s initiatives follow the launch of the FinTech Hive at the DIFC, bringing together the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs to address the growing needs of the region's financial services industry, using innovative technology solutions. Its aim is to catalyse growth and efficiency in a variety of areas including trade finance, alternative finance and Shari'ah-based services.

“We are excited to partner with the DFSA to help encourage fintech innovation in Australia and Dubai. regtech is becoming more and more important–this is a new frontier in our bilateral cooperation that will benefit both regulators and businesses,” said John Price, Commissioner, ASIC .

This latest cooperation agreement forms part of the DFSA’s innovation strategy, which complements the National Innovation Strategy, as set out by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make the UAE a global hub for innovation. In August, the DFSA launched the first tailored regime for loan and investment crowdfunding platforms in the GCC. In May, the DFSA launched its Innovation Testing Licence, a special class of financial services licence that allows fintech firms to develop and test innovative fintech concepts in or from the DIFC.

In March 2015, ASIC, an early leader in this field, established the Innovation Hub to assist innovative fintech businesses navigate its regulatory system. Through its Innovation Hub, ASIC engages with the fintech community, provides assistance to innovative fintech start-ups and liaises with fintech experts through ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee.


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