Before I share some of the exciting activities of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) in March, I want to extend my warmest Ramadan greetings to everyone. I wish you and your loved ones a month of generosity and blessings.
This month, we have organised and participated in a diverse range of events, all focused on promoting innovation, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing.
Among these events, the TechTalk episode on digital assets and the Roundtable on liquidity, funding, and hedging solutions for Qatari banks organised by the Financial Sector Office and the special event for International Women's Day, which explored the intersection of technology and innovation in promoting gender equality hosted by the Business Development team in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Qatari Businesswomen Association were especially noteworthy.
These engagements brought experts from diverse fields to share their valuable insights and experiences on issues crucial to building a robust economy and a sustainable future.
Our commitment to adhering to ILO labour standards was exemplified by a roundtable event titled "Decent Work and Procurement Standards" hosted by the Employment Standards Office in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation - Doha Project Office, while the blood donation drive led by the Safety and Security department allowed us to give back to the community.
In the wider business community, the QFC participated in several important events, including the 9th Doha Conference on Islamic Finance, the Bangladesh Forum, and the CFA Qatar Charter Award Ceremony, sharing our expertise on Islamic finance and its role in promoting socioeconomic development. We also took part in a panel discussion during the launch of the Fintech Strategy by the Qatar Central Bank to help explore how to stimulate growth in Qatar's fintech industry.
Finally, we signed a Memoranda of Understanding with Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s College of Islamic Studies (CIS) and the Participation Banks Association of Türkiye (TKBB), expanding our network and cross-border collaboration efforts. Our partnership with CIS will enable us to contribute significantly to the delivery of the annual 'International Conference on Islamic Finance' for the next five years, reinforcing our conviction in the importance of promoting Islamic finance and reiterating its potential to address many issues that slow down our journey towards a sustainable economy.
Along the same line, the initiatives arising from collaborating with TKBB will boost our efforts to develop Qatar's financial industry and increase the share of Islamic financing activities in the global market.
Let us remain committed to supporting the growth and development of Qatar.