Asian Firms in Discussion with QFC on Business Opportunities in Qatar

5 Nov 2019

Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), one of the world's leading and fastest growing onshore business and financial centres, welcomed Crédit Agricole Corporate And Investment Bank (Crédit Agricole CIB) and VakıfBank to its platform, both authorised by Qatar Financial Centre Regulatory Authority (QFCRA).

The newly licensed banks represent a key milestone in the QFC's strategy to attract an increasing number of financial institutions to its platform. Crédit Agricole CIB, the corporate and investment arm of the Crédit Agricole Group, specialises in the businesses of capital markets and investment and corporate banking and also represents the 12th largest banking group worldwide in terms of tier 1 capital.  VakıfBank is the fourth largest bank in Turkey in terms of asset size and takes a leading role in financing domestic and foreign trade through over 930 branches.

Crédit Agricole CIB and VakıfBank on the QFC platform represent a great milestone in our efforts to attract leading financial institutions to Qatar and deliver on our financial services strategy, a sector we have been pursuing more aggressively since announcing our 2022 strategy last year.

Crédit Agricole CIB and VakıfBank join 12 other banks already licensed on the platform, and this is testament to both the QFC's ongoing efforts in promoting economic diversification and to the continued international confidence in expanding to the Qatari market.
Henk J. Hoogendoorn, Managing Director, Financial Sector, QFC Authority said:
"QFC is committed to the growth of Qatar's financial services industry, and we are pleased to welcome Crédit Agricole CIB and VakıfBank to the QFC platform and see more financial institutions turning to Qatar for expansion. In addition to banks, we are continuing to encourage asset and investment managers, as well as Fintechs, to tune into the promising opportunities in the Qatari market. We also anticipate soon having regulations in place for representative offices for banks to operate in Qatar".  

In line with its 2022 strategy announced last year, QFC continues to aggressively pursue financial services as a key focus cluster, as well as the Sports, Media and Digital sectors. The focus on financial services includes attracting financial institutions as well as firms in the Islamic Finance, Fintech, asset management and capital markets sub-sectors.

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