Australia inks another fintech agreement with the United Arab Emirates

The finance regulators from both countries have inked a cooperation agreement that will allow entry for fintech startups in the other's jurisdiction.

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Australia Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) have signed a cooperation agreement, expected to provide mutual understanding on financial innovation in each jurisdiction.

The agreement follows the DFSA, which is charged with regulating of the Dubai International Financial Centre, setting up a number of initiatives aimed at encouraging fintech innovation, including the FinTech Hive accelerator program and the Dubai Future Accelerators, which comprises a nine-week program that pairs tech companies with government organisations.

ASIC and the DFSA, under the arrangement, will be able to refer fintech firms to each other for support provided through their respective fintech functions, with the DFSA offering up a sandbox-like Innovation Testing Licence to successful applicants.

The agreement will also see both organisations work together on the sharing of information, with regulatory technology (regtech) trials expected to occur.

The UAE's Abu Dhabi Global Market Financial Services Regulatory Authority also partnered with ASIC in July, hoping to provide mutual support to fintech businesses seeking to operate in each other's markets.

This is the latest in a string of fintech agreements ASIC has entered into with international regulators, following one most recently signed with China earlier this month.

ASIC's agreement with the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) allows both parties to share information that will enable the regulators to maintain visibility over regulatory and relevant economic or commercial developments that occur in each other's markets.

In June, ASIC had announced the completion of a framework for co-operation with the Japan Financial Services Agency aimed at promoting innovation in financial services in both countries.

It followed the commission kicking off an arrangement with the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission earlier that month to provide mutual support to fintech businesses from Australia and Hong Kong seeking to operate in each other's markets.

Meanwhile, Singapore and Australia have been working on a deal to better support cross-border collaboration between fintech startups in both countries.

ASIC has also partnered with Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Canada, the UK, and Switzerland, touting fintech innovation as its purpose.

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