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Complete commerce quantity between Qatar and the UK reportedly reached £7 billion final yr, though there have been restrictions in place (partly attributable to COVID). The sturdy buying and selling exercise can also be being reported after varied challenges associated to the pandemic and ensuing socioeconomic uncertainty, in line with British ambassador Jonathan Wilks.

As reported by the Gulf Occasions, Wilks instructed the information outlet that the rise in commerce quantity between Qatar and the UK includes totally different sectors, like agricultural produce and meals merchandise. Wilks added that this can be a signal of the curiosity and exercise that the UK and Qatar have in creating commerce relations, conducting enterprise, and forming strategic funding relationships.

Wilks famous that the recently-launched ‘British Meals Pageant’, which ran till Could 25 in any respect LuLu shops throughout Qatar, gave an opportunity or alternative to the UK to share a few of its tech and enterprise partnerships to permit the Center Jap nation to reinforce its meals safety.

Wilks stated that the LuLu hypermarket chain, which has sourcing places of work in Birmingham, has helped with opening up key alternatives for suppliers throughout the UK, so that they’re in a position to entry totally different Qatari markets and work with different entities within the wider GCC area.

Wilks emphasised the significance of the UK and Qatar forming new expertise partnerships with a deal with digital commerce, Fintech platforms, well being, and schooling, amongst different industries.

Wilks remarked:

“E-commerce and Fintech are already huge areas for co-operation between the UK and Qatar, and that each nations are constructing on Qatar’s ambitions to grow to be a Fintech hub, which is a principal sector within the UK. London is likely one of the principal centres, and past London we’re already creating centres in main cities.”

Along with working with the UK and different European nations, Qatar and US enterprise initiatives had been valued at $200 billion, as of December 2020.

Final yr, Qatar Improvement Financial institution CEO stated the nation would work with US corporations to diversify its financial system, which is supported by Fintech and digital applied sciences.



ChainSafe has reportedly acquired a growth grant to natively combine Chainlink (LINK) into the Cosmos software program growth equipment (SDK).

As beforehand reported, the Chainlink Neighborhood Grant Program presents monetary sources to the event groups and researchers making a “extra useful, accessible, and socially impactful” Chainlink Community.

Chainlink says that it encourages expert particular person software program engineers and growth groups to use to the grant program. Researchers are additionally welcome to collaborate with the Chainlink group.

As famous within the announcement, ChainSafe, a blockchain protocol and infrastructure growth firm, has been awarded a Chainlink neighborhood grant to be able to perform a local integration of Chainlink into the Cosmos-SDK.

As talked about within the replace, the grant will likely be supporting varied sensible contract growth groups throughout the Cosmos ecosystem eager to create “externally related” decentralized purposes (dApps) on Tendermint-powered blockchains utilizing Chainlink Oracles.

After being accomplished, the Cosmos ecosystem will begin supporting varied (decentralized finance) DeFi, (non-fungible tokens) NFT, gaming, and insurance coverage merchandise and markets “because of seamless and native entry to Chainlink’s time-tested and absolutely useful oracle networks.”

With the funding offered by Chainlink neighborhood grant, ChainSafe will concentrate on the next:

  • Create a Cosmos-SDK module that “helps Chainlink oracle networks by accepting combination signed information from a set of oracles and storing it within the blockchain state.”
  • Guarantee compatibility with present Chainlink Off-Chain Reporting (OCR) Information Feeds by “supporting oracle stories produced by its peer-to-peer consensus protocol.”
  • Present help for a number of information feeds inside a single module occasion and “permit the module to work together with different modules to dispense rewards to legitimate taking part information suppliers.”
  • The creation of a Chainlink module for the Cosmos-SDK will “allow software builders within the Cosmos ecosystem to entry Chainlink’s extensively used Value Feeds, together with the latest and historic information.”
  • The Chainlink module can even “help the present Chainlink OCR feeds already utilized in manufacturing and develop help for connection to any API, opening up entry to premium authenticated information sources and enabling information aggregation to be achieved securely, reliably, and cost-efficiently.”

ChainSafe is a blockchain or distributed ledger tech (DLT) protocol and infrastructure developer that provides engineering help for open-source software program initiatives.

Supported by software builders with an in depth technical background and experience, ChainSafe has appreciable expertise creating blockchain-related software program, such because the Ethereum Typescript implementation Lodestar, the Filecoin node Rust implementation Forest; the Polkadot host Golang implementation Gossamer, the Rust implementation of Mina, and the Ethereum Javascript API Web3.js.

Chainsafe has additionally acquired a Chainlink neighborhood grant to be able to develop the Chainlink oracle pallet on Polkadot, “proving their data of the Chainlink tech stack and heterogeneous blockchain ecosystems.”

Cosmos is described as an “ever-expanding” ecosystem of interconnected apps and companies, “constructed for a decentralized future.” Cosmos apps and companies join utilizing IBC, the Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol, “permitting customers to freely change belongings and information throughout sovereign, decentralized blockchains.”

The Cosmos-SDK is “a extremely versatile framework for constructing blockchains, which is predicated on Tendermint core and might interoperate by means of IBC.” By integrating Chainlink into the Cosmos ecosystem, “over 247+ purposes/companies and $78B+ in digital belongings achieve entry to high-quality exterior information made obtainable by means of decentralized oracle networks which can be extremely obtainable, exact, and tamper-proof.”

Aidan Hyman, Co-founder and CEO of ChainSafe, said:

“We’re proud to proceed our nice relationship with Chainlink, serving to develop the ecosystem into the Cosmos community with a customized Cosmos-SDK module. This can be a large step in the direction of offering the Cosmos ecosystem with dependable oracles, empowering new use instances to be realized. We sit up for contributing our area experience within the Cosmos ecosystem by connecting Chainlink’s confirmed oracle infrastructure to the increasing record of Cosmos blockchains and purposes and offering safe, dependable sources of exterior information.”



Komo, a digital banking service developed by East-West Banking Company (EastWest) (PSE: EW) within the Philippines, has teamed up with Open Banking service supplier Brankas with a view to help prompt in-app deposits.

Via this partnership, Komo customers will be capable to immediately top-up their stability by way of the app.

Customers simply must enter the quantity they wish to top-up and select a supply financial institution by means of Brankas’ safe (software program improvement equipment) SDK stream with a view to deposit funds to their Komo accounts.

Via Brankas’ fund switch APIs and financial institution integration suite, shoppers are capable of obtain funds from their alternative of Philippines-based banks immediately within the app.

Isabelle Yap, Enterprise Lead at Komo, famous:

“Now, cashing in from the Komo app is extra seamless and safe for our clients. Immediate in-app cash-in has been a extensively requested function for purchasers since we launched and we’re glad to lastly launch this function with Branka’s safe API integration whereas providing all kinds of companion banks to select from.”

Todd Schweitzer, CEO of Brankas, said:

“At Brankas, we’re impressed with Komo crew’s ardour for his or her clients. Komo offers a good looking, intuitive, and safe neobanking expertise, elevating the usual for Philippine shopper banking. At Brankas, we imagine Filipinos ought to have extra alternative and suppleness in managing their hard-earned cash, and we’re excited to companion with Komo to introduce customer-centric Open Banking options.”

East-West Banking Company, the eleventh largest financial institution within the Philippines with over $6 billion in belongings, had launched its personal fully-digital financial institution, Komo in Could 2020.

The corporate had claimed, final yr, that it’s the primary common banking group within the nation to ascertain its personal all-digital financial institution, because it goals to maneuver ahead with its up to date retail banking technique.

The Komo digital banking platform is being supplied by way of EastWest’s wholly-owned subsidiary, EastWest Rural Financial institution. The initiative is reportedly financed by a longtime and respected native financial institution. It can pay an annual rate of interest of three% (as of Could 2020, so charges might now have modified) for its digital financial savings account with out requiring a minimal stability.

Based in 1994, EastWest is among the many fast-growing banks within the Philippines and has managed to stay worthwhile (as of Could 2020). The establishment’s digital banking venture is a part of its digital transformation technique and elevated concentrate on adopting the newest applied sciences, as shopper necessities are altering quickly.

Tony Moncupa, CEO at EastWest CEO, said (final yr):

“Komo combines the perfect of two worlds: the comfort of contemporary digital banking backed by the safety of a robust brick-and-mortar financial institution like EastWest. We see a digital future in banking. With Komo, our clients are certain to get the perfect that digital banking has to supply whereas being assured that their cash is in good fingers.”



Baloise, a Swiss insurance coverage holding agency, has launched its mobility accelerator with the objective of supporting progressive tasks launched by early-stage startups below the brand new tagline [email protected].

This newest initiative from Baloise (in Switzerland) has come as the corporate launches its info platform, which has been developed to function a brand new channel or gateway to the [email protected] ecosystem (supposed for startups and new enterprise homeowners).

As a part of its Merely Protected technique part, Baloise has been centered on supporting progressive tasks within the Residence and Mobility ecosystems.

The corporate experiences utilizing a highly-structured and innovation course of that gives alternatives for incubation, acquisition, funding, cooperation and partnership.

Whereas working with innovation consultancy Spark Works and its spin-off Sparkademy, Baloise will probably be inviting tasks to a 10-week Baloise Mobility Accelerator program.

After finishing this system, Baloise will probably be assessing/evaluating the chosen mobility concepts. The corporate may match with startups by providing monetary help to allow them to develop their minimal viable merchandise (MVPs).

Sparkademy offers structured studying applications which can be based mostly on innovation rules – which can information startups or early-stage ventures by way of problem-solving processes.

Startups which can be fascinated with participating in this system have till the top of June 2021 to submit functions for the mobility accelerator.

Patrick Wirth, Head of the Mobility ecosystem, Baloise accelerator, acknowledged:

“Applications like this one are geared in direction of concrete, tangible outcomes and have the additional advantage of fostering a tradition of innovation. Our purpose with this name for participation in [email protected] is to draw start-ups from the European mobility start-up scene – particularly these within the pre-seed or seed part – to our Baloise ecosystem.”

Insurance coverage and banking are the 2 key enterprise segments by which the Baloise Group operates. Their focus is on the continually altering necessities of their purchasers, a convention “relationship again 150 years.” Baloise says that now, there’s “far more to it than that.”

The corporate has 7,300 staff based mostly in Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and Liechtenstein.

The Baloise Group states:

“We work along with our staff to realize an appropriate work–life steadiness, as we take their particular person character severely.”

The corporate additionally notes:

“Digitalization is presenting us with new challenges and alternatives. Baloise is present process an infinite change in its tradition, in the way in which we work, with whom we collaborate, and in how we outline and strategy new targets. We’re repositioning ourselves – each externally and internally. We’re at the moment within the strategy of constructing our new headquarters in Basel, extending our open working ambiance in trendy so-called flex places of work to advance departments whereas searching for the best attainable diploma of trade. We firmly imagine that all of us stand to profit if we come collectively, community with one another and pool our information.”



Croatia’s, a peer-to-peer lending market, reveals that its mother or father holding firm, the Robocash Group, is preparing for a $5 million bond placement within the coming days.

As famous in an replace, dated Might 27, 2021, by, the Group intends to challenge bonds by way of the worldwide non-public debt funding platform Kilde (based mostly in Singapore). The corporate will probably be offering securities with the “maturity interval of three months and a month-to-month coupon fee frequency.”

As talked about within the announcement, the proceeds of the issuance will probably be directed in direction of serving to with the enlargement of the Group’s enterprise operations in rising markets. additional revealed:

“We’re ready to start out an online-lending service in Sri-Lanka within the close to future, and by the top of 2021, we intention to launch our first on-line financial institution in Southeast Asia.”

As confirmed within the announcement, this bond placement in Singapore will probably be “the primary for Robocash Group” and after this preliminary step, the agency would possibly “contemplate one other issuance in a much bigger quantity.”

As clarified within the replace, the Robocash Group bonds will probably be “out there for buy to institutional and accredited traders solely.” In case you’re focused on profiting from this chance, then you possibly can evaluate the record of necessities to see when you qualify. For questions/queries, contact [email protected]

On Might 22, 2021, the Deputy CFO Robocash Group Grigorii Shikunov took half in a webcast for traders during which the corporate shared key insights about their platform.

As famous within the replace:

“Q1 of 2021 confirmed glorious outcomes for The platform handed new milestones, together with a brand-new web site design and integrating a brand new mortgage originator, and set three new information. The quantity of latest customers grew by 145% QoQ, whereas the web deposits elevated by 50% QoQ.”

Another highlights shared by the corporate:

  • Income for the Q1 “elevated by 49% QoQ and reached 58.5 M USD.”
  • The web revenue in Q1 2021 “reached 7.6 M USD.”
  • Complete belongings full the strong Q1 “rising by 15% and reaching 112.9 M USD.”

Earlier this month, the staff introduced that new varieties of loans can be out there within the Philippines. famous that traders might anticipate “web annual returns of as much as 12%” and like all different mortgage originators on, UnaPay gives “a full 30-day buyback assure on all its merchandise.”

The announcement additionally talked about:

“UnaPay supplies Purchase Now, Pay Later plans for buying items on the Lazada eCommerce platform. The mortgage quantity can go as excessive as EUR 530, with the compensation interval starting from 30 days to six months. Along with the BNPL service, UnaPay gives salary-linked installment loans of as much as EUR 870 paid inside a most of 12 months.”

UnaPay was established within the Philippines in December of final yr and it’s run by Digido Finance Corp. The agency is a “duly registered company with a Certificates of Authority to Function as a Financing Firm issued by SEC.” For the time of its operation, Digido Finance Corp. has “issued over 750,000 EUR value of loans.”