IMF to Co-Host Blockchain Seminar Next Month

The International Monetary Fund and Dubai’s Ministry of Finance will co-host a FinTech seminar focusing on blockchain and cryptocurrencies next month.

AccessTimeIconJan 30, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 11, 2021 at 1:02 p.m. UTC
10 Years of Decentralizing the Future
May 29-31, 2024 - Austin, TexasThe biggest and most established global event for everything crypto, blockchain and Web3.Register Now

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Dubai’s Ministry of Finance are to co-host a FinTech seminar focusing on blockchain and digital currencies next month.

The mid-February event, announced today, will include notable speakers such as IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, Luxembourg minister of finance Pierre Gramegna, and Dubai minister of state for financial affairs Obaid Humaid Al Tayer.

Dubai’s government is already working on blockchain-based systems for use in government services, including as a backup record for official documentation. It has also backed a collaborative initiative aimed at promoting work between startups, government agencies and local businesses.

Some of these concepts are likely to be on display at the Dubai seminar next month.

Al Tayer said in a statement:

“The seminar will cover a number of important topics including virtual currencies, and the underlying distributed ledgers through [blockchain] technology. These topics have been at the centre of recent debates about how digital innovation changes financial fields.”

The event coincides with the conclusion of the UAE’s government-backed blockchain hackathon, organized by AngelHack and supported on the technical side by ethereum startup ConsenSys. The winners of the hackathon will be announced during the summit.

Dubai image via Shutterstock


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk's longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.