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FinTechs and Banks Unite for Innovation at DIFC’s Dubai FinTech Summit Dialogues

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DIFC-led dialogue hosts ten heads of banks and FinTechs for discussion on current financial stability and outlook

Dubai, United Arab Emirates–(Newsfile Corp. – April 18, 2023) – Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the leading international financial hub in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region hosted the second Dubai FinTech Summit (DFS) Dialogues this week, powered by the Innovation Hub. Heads of 10 leading regional banks and FinTechs were invited to unpack the challenges facing the financial sector and deliberate on how the industry can de-risk and build resilient, sustainable financial institutions.

FinTechs and banks unite for innovation at DIFC’s Dubai FinTech Summit Dialogues

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Commenting on the session, he added, “Through conveners such as this roundtable and the first-ever Dubai FinTech Summit in May, we are facilitating dialogue and avenues of collaboration for long-standing financial institutions, regulators, and promising entrepreneurs to together map out how the sector can – and should – move forward.”

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Sanjay Sethi, Senior Managing Director, Head of Global Transaction Banking at First Abu Dhabi Bank, said, “This is an age of collaboration and co-creation where leading financial institutions and pioneering FinTechs can embark on a journey of innovative discovery together. This is especially true when we look at opportunities to expand into new geographies, improve product capabilities, grow revenues, or scale or optimise our business faster and more efficiently. Alongside this, FinTech solutions in transaction banking are growing in agility every day. As we look to the future, FAB will continue collaborating with pioneering FinTechs to deliver impactful advances across the financial industry.”

Earlier this year, the UAE Central Bank announced the implementation of its Digital Dirham digital currency strategy, which promises to be a critical step in the country’s payments industry, something that will deeply impact banks, FinTechs, businesses, and customers. “As such, the synergy between banks and FinTechs proves to be unavoidable as the industry inches towards a cashless economy,” added AlBlooshi.

Technology: Disrupting and enhancing trust

“As a FinTech services provider, the core, as with any tech player is to build an emotional connection with the end consumer,” said Raman Thiagarajan, CEO and Founder, Zenda.

As customers turn to technology, banks have been forced to adapt traditional trust-building to complement the digitisation of banking. 

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Anand Krishnan, Head of Technology, Emirates Investment Bank, said, “It is increasingly important banks continue to invest more in technology that not only builds but maintains trust in customers across their entire journey.”

Mehdi Tazi, Chief Operating Officer, Lean Technologies, stated, “I believe customers still trust banks more than FinTechs – they are larger more established institutions. However, something FinTechs do very well is streamlining processes when helping onboard customers into these larger banks. As a result, we are seeing a marriage between FinTech and banking that enhances the customer’s journey, ultimately building trust.”

The onset of Web 3.0 ushers in a transformative moment for financial services, capital markets and banking, shifting customer expectations and revolutionising the sector.” The total transaction value of embedded finance is said to reach USD7 tn in 2026, as per Rakesh Reddy, CEO, Cloud4u: “This is particularly useful for Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers who will strongly benefit from this growth, undeniably becoming a key industry disruptor.”

Nilay Singh, Chief Executive Officer, State Bank of India, DIFC, pointed out, “We cannot ignore AI. It has to be adopted but cleverly and effectively, and this is where we need to understand what to outsource and when to collaborate.”

Join the dialogue at the Dubai FinTech Summit at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai. Tickets can be purchased at https://dubaifintechsummit.com/.

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About Dubai International Financial Centre

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is one of the world’s most advanced financial centres, and the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), which comprises 72 countries with an approximate population of 3 billion and an estimated GDP of USD 8 trillion.

With a close to 20-year track record of facilitating trade and investment flows across the MEASA region, the Centre connects these fast-growing markets with the economies of Asia, Europe and the Americas through Dubai.

DIFC is home to an internationally recognised, independent regulator and a proven judicial system with an English common law framework, as well as the region’s largest financial ecosystem of over 36,000 professionals working across over 4,300 active registered companies – making up the largest and most diverse pool of industry talent in the region.

The Centre’s vision is to drive the future of finance through cutting-edge technology, innovation, and partnerships. 

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Comprising a variety of world-renowned retail and dining venues, a dynamic art and culture scene, residential apartments, hotels and public spaces, DIFC continues to be one of Dubai’s most sought-after business and lifestyle destinations. 

For further information, please visit their website: difc.ae, or follow them on LinkedIn and Twitter @DIFC.

For further details about the announcement, please contact:

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+91 95559 15156

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Avalanche Joins Forces with Stripe: Transforming Crypto Purchases Across the US

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Avalanche, a leading blockchain platform, has partnered with Stripe to enhance the accessibility of its ecosystem. This strategic collaboration integrates Stripe’s fiat-to-crypto onramping capabilities directly into Avalanche’s C-Chain, enabling retail users to purchase the native cryptocurrency, AVAX, without the complexities of traditional crypto exchanges.

Integration and User Experience Enhancement

The integration aims to simplify the process of acquiring AVAX by embedding Stripe’s onramp as a customizable widget within various Avalanche decentralized applications (dApps). These dApps include decentralized exchanges (DEXes), NFT platforms, and digital wallets, facilitating a seamless and streamlined user experience. By leveraging Stripe’s infrastructure, users can easily fund their accounts using various payment methods, including ACH transfers and credit/debit cards.

Core Wallet Integration

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A key component of this collaboration is the integration into Core, Avalanche’s native ecosystem wallet developed by Ava Labs. Core wallet users can now directly fund their wallets via the Stripe widget, making it easier to engage with the Avalanche network. The wallet setup process is straightforward, allowing new users to create accounts using Gmail or Apple ID, thereby reducing the barriers to entry into the crypto space.

Addressing Web3 Challenges

This integration addresses several challenges commonly faced in the Web3 ecosystem, such as the “cold start problem,” where users lack initial funds to participate in transactions. Stripe’s onramp handles essential elements like KYC, payments, fraud prevention, and compliance, allowing dApps to focus on enhancing user experience rather than dealing with regulatory complexities.

The initiative is supported by key players in the Avalanche ecosystem, including GoGoPool, Avvy, Pakt, zeroone, Halliday, The Arena, Shrapnel, and DeFi Kingdoms. These partners, offering services from decentralized naming and gaming to financial and social interaction platforms, stand to benefit from the increased ease of access to digital asset transactions.

Promoting Web3 Adoption

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The collaboration between Avalanche and Stripe goes beyond simplifying transactions; it also aims to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the emerging Web3 landscape. By integrating a familiar and secure payment system, the partnership ensures that users, both new and existing, can navigate the cryptocurrency ecosystem with greater ease and confidence.

The leadership from both Ava Labs and Stripe has expressed enthusiasm about the partnership. Akash Gupta, Head of Consumer Products at Ava Labs, highlighted the commitment to user-centric solutions and broader adoption of digital currencies. John Egan, Head of Crypto at Stripe, noted that the initiative aligns with Stripe’s mission to democratize access to Web3 technologies, making them safer and more accessible to a global audience.

This strategic partnership is expected to accelerate consumer adoption, deepen user engagement, and reinforce Avalanche’s position as a leader in the blockchain industry.

Source: blockchainreporter.net

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BIGG Digital Assets Enhances Crypto Investigator Training with New Modules

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BIGG Digital Assets Inc. (CSE: BIGG, OTCQX: BBKCF), a prominent player in the Digital Asset, Blockchain, and Metaverse industries, has expanded its educational offerings through its subsidiary, Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG). This expansion includes two new advanced training modules within the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) program, aiming to meet the increasing demand for specialized expertise in cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

Overview of the New Advanced Training Modules

  1. Module 9: Hacks and Exploits in the Cryptocurrency Space
    • This module focuses on the various techniques employed by cybercriminals to exploit blockchain networks and digital assets. It includes comprehensive case studies of significant cryptocurrency hacks and exit scams, providing participants with a deep understanding of these threats. The training covers how to detect early warning signs and implement best practices to mitigate risks. Additionally, it addresses the role of the dark web in these activities, giving insights into how these criminal networks operate.
  2. Module 10: Cryptocurrency Compliance and Risk Management for Financial Institutions
    • Targeted at compliance officers, risk managers, and executives, this module provides in-depth training on establishing robust risk management frameworks and controls within financial institutions. It covers essential regulatory requirements, risk assessment methodologies, and due diligence processes necessary for safeguarding against cryptocurrency-related risks. This module also offers a standalone certification, Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Compliance (CCI-C), emphasizing its critical relevance in today’s regulatory landscape.

Significance and Industry Impact

Lance Morginn, President of BIG, highlighted the growing sophistication of cyber threats in the digital asset space, driven by increasing global adoption of cryptocurrencies. The new modules are designed to equip professionals with the necessary skills and intelligence to identify and counter these emerging threats. This initiative reflects BIG’s commitment to providing up-to-date and practical training that addresses the current and future challenges faced by the industry.

Robert Whitaker, overseeing Law Enforcement Affairs at BIG, emphasized the continuous evolution of BIG’s curriculum to keep pace with the rapidly changing digital asset landscape. This approach ensures that professionals are well-prepared to deal with both technical and regulatory aspects of cryptocurrency investigations and compliance.

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Certification and Professional Development

The new modules complete the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced (CCI-A) certification course, covering modules 6 to 10. This advanced certification is valid for one year, requiring a top-up course for renewal, which ensures that professionals remain current with the latest industry developments and best practices.

The foundational CCI certification has already been completed by over 2,500 professionals globally, including those from law enforcement, regulatory bodies, financial institutions, and the cryptocurrency sector. The courses are led by seasoned experts, including former federal agents and compliance officers, providing participants with invaluable practical knowledge and real-world insights.

Future Prospects

As the cryptocurrency industry continues to expand, the demand for specialized training and certifications like those offered by BIG will likely grow. These programs not only help professionals address existing challenges but also prepare them for future developments in the rapidly evolving digital asset space. Through these educational initiatives, BIGG Digital Assets Inc. and Blockchain Intelligence Group are making significant contributions to the security and integrity of the global cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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Source: cointrust.com

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Blockchain Intelligence Group adds additional modules and launches its Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced Series

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BIGG Digital Assets Inc. has announced the launch of two new advanced modules in its Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator (CCI) training program through its subsidiary, Blockchain Intelligence Group (BIG). This expansion reflects the growing need for specialized knowledge in the digital asset and blockchain sectors, especially as these industries face increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.

New Modules Overview

  1. Module 9: Hacks and Exploits
    • This module provides an in-depth analysis of significant cryptocurrency hacks, exploits, and exit scams. It includes detailed case studies to help students understand the tactics employed by cybercriminals, identify early warning signs, and apply best practices for risk mitigation. The curriculum also covers the role of the dark web in facilitating these illegal activities.
  2. Module 10: Compliance and Risk Management
    • Aimed at professionals in financial institutions, this module covers comprehensive frameworks and controls for managing risks associated with cryptocurrencies. It includes regulatory requirements, risk assessment methodologies, and due diligence processes. The module offers a standalone certification, the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Compliance (CCI-C), which is particularly valuable for compliance officers and risk managers.

Certification Details

The completion of these two modules, along with previous ones, leads to the Certified Cryptocurrency Investigator – Advanced (CCI-A) certification. This certification is valid for one year, after which professionals must complete a top-up course to maintain their certified status. The program is designed to equip investigators, compliance teams, and risk professionals with the latest intelligence and skills necessary to combat the challenges in the rapidly evolving digital asset landscape.

Industry Relevance

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As cryptocurrency adoption grows globally, the risks associated with blockchain networks and digital assets also increase. The introduction of these advanced modules is a proactive step by BIGG Digital Assets Inc. to address the need for continuous education and training in this dynamic field. The CCI program has already been adopted by over 2,500 professionals worldwide, including law enforcement, regulatory bodies, and financial institutions, demonstrating its critical role in enhancing industry standards and safeguarding against cyber threats.

Conclusion

BIGG Digital Assets Inc.’s continued investment in educational initiatives through the Blockchain Intelligence Group underscores the importance of preparedness and expertise in the cryptocurrency space. By staying at the forefront of training and compliance, the company supports the broader industry’s efforts to maintain security and integrity as digital assets become more integrated into global financial systems.

Source: globenewswire.com

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