The homegrown Qatar Blockchain startup, Genesis Technologies has partnered with South Korean Blockchain company CP Labs.

Genesis Technologies and CPLabs are set to play a role in realizing Qatar’s Vision 2030 for a digital economy. The collaboration aims to deliver unparalleled security and resilience against cyber threats, underscoring the importance of robust blockchain solutions in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Speaking at the signing ceremony in Doha, Richard Yun, the head of the business division at CPLabs, highlighted the company’s extensive experience and leadership in the blockchain domain. Yun stated, “As Korea’s first blockchain technology company, CPLabs has been at the forefront of commercializing blockchain based on the experience and expertise accumulated since the early days of blockchain technology in 2013. Furthermore, we aim to drive future changes in digital assets, which are essential elements of digital transformation, through blockchain technology. With 327 blockchain-related patents held worldwide, we have established ourselves as a complete IT solutions provider and are growing into a successful provider of solutions for government and institutional blockchain adoption.”

Yun further emphasized CPLabs’ commitment to navigating the challenges of the GCC market stating, “The GCC market presents another challenge for CPLabs. Being the only local blockchain company in Qatar, our partnership agreement with Genesis Technology, a startup at QU, holds great promise for both parties to enter the local government agencies and markets jointly. We got attracted to collaborate with Genesis Technologies because they share an innovative mindset as we do. Furthermore, we are committed to providing unlimited support and playing a leading role in contributing to the development of blockchain technology in Qatar.”

Mazen Al-Masri, the CEO of Genesis Technologies, echoed similar sentiments, expressing excitement about joining forces with CPLabs. “We are thrilled to collaborate with a well-established and innovative company like CPLabs that is a pioneer in the world of blockchain. Both companies share a similar vision to enable the digital transformation of business, government, and society, leading to a more secure, intelligent, and high-performing world. We will join efforts to produce best-of-breed solutions that respect local regulations and serve the local context effectively.”

This comes soon after Genesis Technologies unveiled two innovative software as a service offerings during their participation at the Web Summit in Qatar in February 2024.

Qatar based Blockchain solutions provider Genesis Technologies unveiled two innovative software as a service offerings during their participation at the Web Summit in Qatar in February 2024.

The first offering, Imdaat is a decentralized digital signature system powered by blockchain technology. Imdaat is specifically designed to streamline the process of document signing and attestation, providing a secure and efficient solution for businesses.

The second offering Sheel is a distributed file management system that leverages blockchain technology to enhance the security and privacy of critical documents. Sheel offers a robust platform for managing sensitive information with confidence.

According to Mazen El Masri, CEO of Genesis Technologies, both products harness the power of blockchain to offer cutting-edge solutions in their respective domains.

El Masri added, “The Genesis Technologies LLC team exhibited imdaat and sheel to prospects, discussed industry pain points with experts in the field, and established valuable connections. As young startup, we need platforms such as the Web Summit to share knowledge and build relevant partnerships.”

These two new products were announced after Genesis Technologies partnered with BRI Middle East for the launch of a Blockchain Data Storage System in Qatar. The system backed up databases in a distributed way, which increased security, availability and readiness to data, and secured continuous connectivity without downtime.

In 2022, Genesis launched its first product Maxya, a blockchain that requires miners to solve complex logistics problems and produce business-usable data, unlike other proof-of-work blockchains that require solving complex computational puzzles with no usefulness beyond securing the network.

Mazen El Masri described Maxya’s consensus mechanism as Proof of Useful Work, and indicated that designing blockchains this way makes them carbon negative, because they create two uses for electricity solving logistics problems and validating transactions.

Henk Jan Hoogendoorn has confirmed that Qatar Genesis Technologies, a Qatar University tech spinoff is working with Qatar Financial Center Authority on possible use cases in their digital assets labs.

Lebanese-Canadian national Mazen El Masri, Co-Founder and CEO of Genesis Technologies, the tech company which developed Maxya, is working with QFC digital assets labs on several blockchain use cases.

As per the post the possible use case could include tokenization, security tokes and fractional ownership.

On Sunday October 29th, Qatar announced one of the biggest digital assets initiatives in the country and the GCC region, the Qatar Innovation Dome for digital assets. As per the live event keynotes, the digital assets lab will develop tokenization platforms and ecosystems for everything that has value whether tangible assets or intangible assets including real estate assets, securities, Sukuk, bonds and others in the future utilizing DLT ( distributed ledger technologies), blockchain, and smart contracts.

Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFCA) signed MOUs with Blockchain solution provider R3 and Blockchain SettleMint platform. The agreement with Settlemint will also as with R3 work on Blockchain and digital asset initiatives in the financial sector in the digital assets lab.

In a recent interview with Qatar News Agency, the  Secretary-General of Qatar’s Research Development and Innovation Council (QRDI) Eng. Omar Ali Al Ansari affirmed that artificial intelligence (AI) science and the digital revolution related to “metaverse” and “blockchain” are among the most important technological transformations in the current era.

He believes that these technologies are important due to their contributions to the development of scientific research and innovation, through its ability to analyze huge amounts of data and process them faster and more effectively, which leads to the discovery of new patterns in the data and contributes to innovative scientific discoveries.

Al Ansari  added that  the digital revolution and Blockchain technology will provide new levels of security, transparency and security for information, which contributes to the development of methods of dealing with information and data, storing and exchanging them. It also enhances trust and cooperation and opens new horizons in this field.

As such the council aims to promote technological development by stimulating and nurturing talent, as well as expanding the knowledge of the research and development community in the areas of artificial intelligence, big data analysis, and others.

The Council endevours to  provide new opportunities for cooperation with relevant authorities from various countries of the world, with the aim of exchanging information and expertise and promoting scientific and technological progress.

According to Al-Ansari  the Council is about to launch a new program package to support innovation in the private sector, as part of the third national development strategy, where it provided new platforms and programs in order to explore innovation opportunities in a limited range of major national companies and some government agencies, which establishes the importance of adopting innovative solutions in order to build new competitive advantages to raise its production efficiency.

Al Ansari explained that QOI program has received, since its launch, more than 400 submissions from innovators across Qatar and the world,  all of which focused on the areas of health, energy, environment, transportation, education and smart cities, noting that the council announced during the past months that 9 companies won this grant.

In addition the Product Development Management Program, which is being implemented in cooperation with Qatar Development Bank, has attracted 25 participants from 11 small and medium local companies.  About 30 senior government employees (directors and heads of departments) from 10 ministries participated in the Government Innovation Leadership Program. (QNA) 

These statements come at a time where,  Qatar Genesis Technologies, the developers of the Maxya Blockchain platform, are holding meetings and workshops with banks in Qatar to learn from the experiences of fintech.

According to Mazen El-Masri Cofounder and CEO of Genesis Technologies in a LinkedIn statement, “ A banking-as-a-service approach can be adopted to expedite the move from the monolithic structures of legacy core banking systems into a lighter service-oriented banking solution stack. To achieve this transformation, it is now more important than ever for banks to partner with (or acquire) fintechs with solid innovations and at the same time exploit their existing assets to enable new sources of growth in their reconfigured banking value chain.”

He added, “ With the sponsorship of Qatar Central Bank, we enjoyed a great discussion with the banking sector in Qatar with over 50 attendees. We at Genesis Technologies LLC are enthusiastic about the coming banking/fintech partnership and we expect that it will bring to light the next generation of banks.”

Qatar has been strongly moving forward in its blockchain and digital asset strategy. It seems we will be seeing a lot in Qatar over the next few years.

Two blockchain announcements have come out of Qatar demonstrating that the Gulf country is starting to utilize and grow DLT (Distributed Ledger Technologies) and Blockchain.  The first is the piloting of digital signatures and certificates to be validated on Qatar’s national blockchain network and the second is the inclusion of DLT in Qatar’s Central Bank Fintech strategy.

This comes after Qatar announced its Blockchain blueprint in 2022 led by the Communications Regulatory Authority.

Qatar’s Genesis Technologies launched the imdaat pilot, a decentralized signature and certificate issuance platform during AlFikra national entrepreneurship competition an initiative of Qatar Development Bank and Qatar University.

As per the LinkedIn post by Genesis Co-Founder Mazen El Masri, “Over 130 certificates were issued, signed, and registered on Genesis blockchain network. Our team at Genesis Technologies LLC is happy and proud to support such national initiatives. The pilot was successful and a start of a long journey to have all digital signatures and certificates registered and validated on a national blockchain network.”

Genesis is the brain child of two professors at Qatar university who came together to build a blockchain network from scratch that would not only be utilized as a ledger but also as a super computer. They named it Maxya blockchain which is built on consensus mechanism “Proof of Useful Work”. The consensus mechanism creates added value by solving optimization problems for business.

The project started with a $2.6 million fund for an applied research program from Qatar National Research Fund, from which the launched MaxYa test net based on was launched and is being tested in Qatar.

But that was not the only Blockchain news from Qatar. The Central Bank of Qatar announced its Fintech strategy which includes the implementation of DLT (Distributed Ledger Technology) as part of its corporate enablement tools.

As per the Fintech strategy, the Central Bank of Qatar will be the focal point for regulations that include emerging technologies such as cloud computing, AI, an DLT. They will also be launching an enhanced regulatory sandbox to test the innovative technologies.