OneConnect Financial Technology (OneConnect), a TaaS company for Financial Institutions in China, has been appointed by Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) to support the development of the ADGM Digital Lab.

The lab is a digital platform where financial institutions (FIs) and FinTech firms can collaborate, test and develop innovative solutions, with direct participation from ADGM’s Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA).

In recent years, digital innovation has become a focal point in Abu Dhabi’s plans and initiatives in building a knowledge-based economy to support economic growth and diversification.

Since its establishment in October 2015, ADGM has led efforts in accelerating the digital transformation of the financial services sector in the Middle East. The Digital Lab is one such initiative to address the key challenges which FIs and FinTechs encounter in their ability to deploy and scale innovation.

FIs lack access to platforms to test and experiment with prospective FinTech solutions prior to procurement approvals and commercial agreement; they encounter major difficulties and costs to integrate their legacy banking systems with FinTech solutions and FinTechs are overburdened with procurement processes and costs incurred each time they interact with the banks.

Leveraging the ADGM Digital Lab, FIs such as banks can enable rapid prototyping by replicating their operating systems within the testing environment of the Lab; choosing from an ecosystem of FinTech solutions to test new product offerings or replace legacy infrastructure and developing new business models and picking and choosing components from different FinTech providers.

Through the collaboration between industry and regulators, the lab aims to create a trusted marketplace for experimentation in building enablers for a smart financial centre.

OneConnect mentioned that the collaboration with ADGM on the lab is its first landing project in the Middle East.

As early as July 22, 2019, the company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with ADGM to jointly promote and develop FinTech innovation, ecosystems and market opportunities that will support and connect the economies in both the Belt & Road Corridor and the Middle East & North Africa Region.