The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates  (CBUAE) and the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) signed a Memorandum of  Understanding (MoU) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to enhance cooperation  and jointly enable innovation in financial products and services.

Under the MoU, the two central banks will collaborate on various emerging  areas of FinTech especially Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and  explore interoperability between the CBDCs of CBUAE and RBI. CBUAE and  RBI will jointly conduct proof-of-concept (PoC) and pilot(s) of bilateral CBDC  bridge to facilitate cross-border CBDC transactions of remittances and trade. The  MoU also includes technical collaboration and knowledge sharing on matters related to Fintech and financial products and services, such as emerging trends, regulations and policies.

The MoU is expected to foster joint experimentation with regard to CBDCs and  facilitate other digital innovation initiatives between the CBUAE and the RBI. This  bilateral engagement of testing cross-border use case of CBDCs is expected to  reduce costs, increase efficiency of cross border transactions and further the  economic ties between India and UAE.