Cross-Border Fintech Collaboration: Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia Join Forces for Tokenization and Payments

Hong Kong and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have taken steps to enhance their financial collaboration by focusing on tokenization and payments infrastructure. In a bilateral meeting on July 26, the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) sought to strengthen the integration of financial services between the two nations.

During the meeting, the HKMA and SAMA explored various initiatives, including financial infrastructure development, open market operations, market connectivity, and sustainable development. They also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate joint discussions on financial innovation.

The official joint announcement revealed that both countries exchanged their expertise in key areas such as tokenization, payment infrastructure, and supervision technologies. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive of the HKMA, Eddie Yue, expressed optimism about the potential for cooperation between the two regions in the fields of economy, trade, sustainable development, finance, and fintech.

SAMA’s governor, Ayman Alsayari, highlighted that the MoU will not only foster ongoing development in the relationship between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia but will also support their endeavors in the future.

While the announcement did not explicitly mention joint efforts related to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, it’s noteworthy that the HKMA recently permitted retail investors to trade crypto. However, the government of Saudi Arabia has remained relatively quiet about promoting cryptocurrencies in recent years, cautioning that Bitcoin is not legally recognized by entities within the country since 2019.

Regarding Hong Kong’s involvement in tokenization initiatives, the region has already participated in several cross-border projects. In June, the investment bank subsidiary of the Bank of China, BOCI, issued a $28 million tokenized security in Hong Kong, leveraging the Ethereum blockchain. The project utilized Goldman Sachs’ tokenization protocol, GS DAP, and created cash tokens representing claims on the Hong Kong dollar.

As Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia intensify their financial cooperation and explore advancements in tokenization and payments, the potential for further developments in the fintech space between these two regions remains promising.

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