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DOHA, Qatar

Qatar Finance & Business Academy (QFBA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) – an independent professional education centre based in Hong Kong – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) early in September.

This MoU will help support the fast-paced growth of the banking and finance industry in Qatar and the region; it will also develop high quality human resources for the financial sector in Qatar and the region.

Through this cooperation, an open exchange of expertise, skills and knowledge will deliver financial education programs, seminars, and consultancy projects to banking professionals at various levels. 

This will also bring the proficiency of a leading international financial hub to Qatar and the region.

Dr. Abdulazziz Al-Horr, Chief Executive Officer of the QFBA, quoted during the signing ceremony;

“This partnership is a testament to our commitment to better serve the training needs of the bankers in the Gulf region which, in turn, will contribute to the development of the banking industry. We are extremely excited to work alongside HKIB in bringing internationally recognized education and professional training programs not only in Qatar but in the region as well.”

Whilst Dr. Patrick Fung, Chairman of the HKIB’s Executive Committee, added;

“The MoU has been necessitated by the increasing cross-border activity in the financial sector, against the backdrop of growing regional economic integration.  The MOU is the first step for future coordination and communication between HKIB and QFBA and will be the basis for robust advancement in banking training and cross-regional talent exchange platforms.”

Through this MoU QFBA lives up to its promise by contributing to a knowledge based economy aligned with Qatar’s 2030 national vision.  


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About QFBA

QFBA is a joint venture between Qatar Foundation and the QFC Authority with the intention to create a Qatar based learning and development organization for delivering pragmatic and innovative financial services education. It’s learning benefits entry-level to senior executive professionals in essential financial disciplines within the sectors of banking, asset management, capital markets and insurance. It intends to increase capacity and support the creation of financial services expertise across the financial sector of Qatar, an important aspect of the vision that feeds into the Human Development pillar in the Qatar Vision 2030, seeing the transformation of Qatar into a knowledge-based economy.


About HKIB

Having served the local banking community since 1963, The Institute has currently covered over 90% of the banking industry population as our corporate members’ staff or individual members, representing 70,000 banking and finance professionals that forms the backbone of Hong Kong’s banking and finance industry. 

With a mission to offer best education and training services and to help nurture top qualified professionals for the sustainable development of Hong Kong’s banking and finance sector, the HKIB provides comprehensive training and accreditation programs that include the four most important examinations AHKIBTM , CP, ABP and CFMPTM and a wide spectrum continuous professional development and continuous professional training programs, professional certificate/diploma programs, professional training programs, workshops and conferences, free seminars and corporate training programs. 

To continuously promote Hong Kong as an international banking and financial center and to foster the development of the banking and financial industry in Hong Kong and the region, the Institute has been establishing a network of partners with professional associations and institutions to enable banking talent development in the region.


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