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QATAR FREE ZONES AND ASPIRATION JOIN FORCES TO BRING SUSTAINABILITY SERVICES TO THE MENA REGION
- Qatar Free Zones Authority signs strategic collaboration agreement with Aspiration
- Agreement will deliver best-in-class sustainability solutions for governments and businesses to reduce their carbon footprints and combat climate change, and support QFZ to become the world’s first net zero free zones
Aspiration, a U.S.-based global leader in Sustainability as a Service solutions for consumers, companies, and governments, signed in Doha a strategic partnership agreement with Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) and Doha Venture Capital (DVC) to expand access to sustainability services in the region, in line with QFZA’s efforts to develop the world’s first net zero free zones. As part of the agreement, Aspiration will set up operations in Qatar Free Zones to deliver sustainability services, carbon neutrality solutions, and green financial solutions to customers in the Free Zones, Qatar, and across the Middle East and North Africa.
The agreement was signed during a ceremony at Ras Bufontas Free Zone in the presence of H.E. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of QFZA, as well as DVC board members and QFZA senior management. It was signed by QFZA CEO Lim Meng Hui, DVC CEO Mohammed Al Abdulla, and Aspiration Co-Founder Joe Sanberg. The signing ceremony was part of a week-long visit to Qatar during which Aspiration representatives will meet with leading Qatari government ministries and private sector organizations to discuss opportunities to expand green financial services and climate change-fighting solutions in the region.
The agreement is part of a broader collaboration between Aspiration and Qatar Free Zones. It is reflective of QFZA’s sustainability strategy, which is aligned with the goals of Qatar’s environment and climate change strategy. The agreement will enable Aspiration to evaluate carbon footprints and manage carbon neutrality programs as a preferred sustainability services and carbon offsets provider to Qatar Free Zones. Aspiration will also work with companies and entities operating in the Zones to develop their sustainability goals and create bespoke strategies to achieve those goals.
The partnership will also lead to the establishment of a Center of Excellence in the Zones before the end of 2022 to provide internationally recognized green certifications. The Center will offer conventional as well as Sharia-compliant green financial services and products with banking partners in Qatar and across the region.
H.E. Ahmad Al-Sayed, Minister of State and Chairman of QFZA, said, “We’re delighted to enter into this agreement with Aspiration, a leader in bringing sustainability solutions to people and businesses. This agreement is a testament to our enduring focus on and commitment to sustainability and innovation, in line with the goals of Qatar’s ambitious environment and climate change strategy. Qatar Free Zones are a natural base for companies with the skills and innovative mindset to help build a greener, better future, and we look forward to welcoming Aspiration to Qatar.”
“This partnership is in line with DVC’s strategy to support innovative companies tackling critical problems, while helping them take advantage of opportunities in Qatar and across the region,” added DVC CEO Mohammed Al Abdulla.
“Aspiration is in the business of fighting the climate crisis and we’ll go wherever it takes to fulfill that mission,” said Andrei Cherny, CEO of Aspiration. “We are thrilled to work with Qatar Free Zones in strengthening sustainability projects across the region as part of our commitment to helping individuals and businesses around the world to work sustainably and meet the challenge of fighting climate change.”
“The planet is in crisis; to save our earth from becoming uninhabitable, we need every nation on earth to do everything in its power to fight climate change,” said Joe Sanberg, Co-Founder of Aspiration. “Qatar Free Zones Authority is setting a new standard in its commitment to sustainability by investing in the green infrastructure and carbon neutrality programs that will help us solve this global emergency."
Natalie Baker, Chargé d’Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, said, “I congratulate Aspiration and the Qatar Free Zones Authority on the partnership they are launching, which supports our shared bilateral climate change goals. Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is aligned with both U.S. environmental goals and Qatar’s Climate Change Strategy, and we look forward to more opportunities to pursue these interests together.”
On August 18, 2021, Aspiration and InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc. (NYSE: IPVF) (“InterPrivate III”), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Aspiration becoming a publicly listed company. Upon closing of the transaction, the company will be named Aspiration, Inc., and trade under the new ticker symbol “ASP.”
Ahmed Fattouh, Chairman of InterPrivate, said, “Climate change is a global problem. This partnership
highlights Aspiration’s opportunity to bring its innovative suite of integrated corporate solutions to sovereign and international clients.”
Qatar Free Zones offers modern green infrastructure to its investors and is committed to sustainability in every aspect of its operations. The Free Zones are designed to be as efficient as possible, making use of a wide range of innovative technologies to deliver on QFZA’s vision to become the world’s most sustainable free zone group.
About Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA)
Qatar Free Zones Authority (QFZA) started its operations in 2019 and it oversees and regulates world-class free zones in Qatar and secures fixed investments within the zones. QFZA offers outstanding opportunities and benefits for businesses seeking to establish operations and expand regionally and globally, providing quality infrastructure, a skilled workforce, 100% foreign ownership, access to investment funds, tax exemptions and partnership opportunities with Qatari entities. For more information on QFZA, visit https://qfz.gov.qa/
About Doha Venture Capital (DVC)
Doha Venture Capital (DVC) focuses on investing in and attracting SMEs in strategic sectors, particularly companies developing advanced technologies, to take advantage of the growth opportunities in Qatar, the MENA region and the world. DVC partners with high-growth disruptive companies, providing them capital and access to Qatar’s domestic and global network, while ensuring sustainable financial returns. For more information on DVC, visit https://dvc.qa/
About Aspiration Partners Inc.
Aspiration is a leading platform to help people and businesses put automated sustainable impact into their hands and integrate it into their daily lives. Aspiration has earned the trust of its more than 5 million members by helping them spend, save, shop, and invest to both "Do Well" and "Do Good." Aspiration Partners, Inc. is a certified B Corp. Alpha Edison, AGO, Capricorn Investment Group, Flourish Ventures, Social Impact Finance, Deep Field Asset Management, Joseph Sanberg, Alex Pomeroy and Robert Downey Jr.'s Footprint Coalition Ventures. For more information, visit Aspiration.com or Aspiration.com/business. Still and video media assets can be found at https://tinyurl.com/56u3yu3z.
About InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc.
InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc., led by Chairman & CEO Ahmed Fattouh, President Nicholaos Krenteras, and Vice Chairman Sunil Kappagoda, is a blank check company whose business purpose is to effect a business combination with one or more businesses in the financial services or fintech sectors. InterPrivate III’s Board of Directors includes globally recognized financial services leaders including: former BankOneChairman, John McCoy; former Lucent and Verifone Chairman, Rich McGinn; Pine Brook founder and former Warburg Pincus Vice Chairman, Howard Newman; and fintech investor Gordy Holterman.