In a strategic partnership aimed at promoting, improving, and elevating financial literacy and innovation in Qatar, Doha Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Doha-based fintech startup KARTY.
The virtual signing ceremony marks the beginning of a collaboration between Doha Bank and Karty under the startup’s Financial Literacy Campaign as part of the FinTech fast-track program in Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (CEMEA) region in partnership with payment solutions provider Visa.
KARTY, the winner of the Qatar FinTech Hub (QFTH) Hackathon and an awardee of the Innovation Coupon (IC) a funding program under Research, Development and Innovation (QFRDI) in Qatar Foundation, has fast-tracked its growth in the Qatari market since its launch in 2021. With the support of the major public- and private-sector players in Qatar, including the Qatar Financial Center, Qatar Science and Technology Park, and the Digital Incubation Center, the startup is now extending its fintech expertise to the wider community.
Under its Financial Literacy Campaign, KARTY aims to equip citizens and residents across Qatar with the knowledge and skills to make informed and sustainable financial decisions, tackling areas such as financial fraud and money management.
Doha Bank CEO Raghavan Seetharaman said, “The fintech innovation value chain thrives on information exchange and skills development, not only for startups and entrepreneurs but also and more critically so for the communities they serve and empower. In building a knowledge-based digital economy, the onus is on financial entrepreneurs, startups, institutions, and policymakers to work together and ensure that financial literacy is accessible to all.
“As an active member of QFTH, Doha Bank has anchored itself among the Qatari fintech ecosystem’s early adopters, first movers, and power partners. We are constantly unlocking products, services, and partnerships to drive the digital, tech-powered, data-driven transformation of our nation’s financial sector. We’re proud and excited to be joining forces with KARTY in this direction.”
“Since KARTY’s launch, our efforts have always focused on bridging the gap between data, technology, and people so that residents and citizens are empowered with the tools they need to improve their everyday lives through better financial decision-making. We’re proud to be joining forces with Doha Bank (DB), which has pioneered several digital innovations and solutions in Qatar’s financial landscape and has led by example in supporting our country’s fintech industry and entrepreneurs. This campaign is merely the start of more ambitious initiatives and projects in our pipeline, as we continue to expand our operations, partnerships and customer base in Qatar,” KARTY Co-Founder Abdulaziz Ali Al Marri said.