Posted on April 24, 2018

QNB, the largest financial institution in the Middle East and Africa, has launched its QNB-Simplify e-commerce product at the exhibition recently organized by Qatar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications with the presence of senior officials in the country to mark the launch of the Digital Transformation of Small and Medium Enterprises programme (DTSME).

The DTSME programme aims to promote digital innovation, competitiveness and growth of SMEs through end-to-end digital transformation of their value chain in areas such as web enablement, e-commerce and cloud solutions, supported by an ecosystem of technology enablers. The objective of the event is to enhance awareness of the benefits of using modern technology in the business sector and to help SMEs connect with the right service providers to begin their digitization journeys. The programme aims to benefit more than 5,000 SMEs by the end of 2019.

The QNB-Simplify e-commerce product, which is powered by Mastercard Payment Gateway Services, is the latest and most innovative entry in QNB’s SME offering, which features a wide range of products and services offered to this important sector, which is considered a driver of the Qatari economy. QNB-Simplify is an innovative cloud based e-commerce platform, the first of its kind in Qatar, that allows merchants to create an online shop, upload their products, and publish them for sale on the web. The customers do not need their own servers, IT infrastructure or developers to do so, as they can rely on the cloud resources for all their needs and can set up their online shop and start selling their products with ease.

QNB’s support to SMEs goes beyond the products and services, to include the Bank’s nurturing and support of all workers in this important sector, and to the dedication of a branch at the Shumukh Tower to fulfil all their needs. QNB has also allocated a dedicated Customer Relationship Manager at its One-Stop-Shop at the Qatar Business Incubation Centre (QBIC) to answer any inquiries from SMEs and start-ups. The Bank also serves its SME customers through its dedicated corporate branches in Ain Khaled, Wakrah, Al-Khor, Industrial Area, Mesaieed Industrial City, and the Bank’s Head Office.

QNB Group’s presence through its subsidiaries and associate companies now extends to more than 31 countries across three continents providing a comprehensive range of advanced products and services. The total number of employees around 28,000 operating through more than 1,200 locations, with an ATM network of more than 4,300 machines.