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Visa Confirms Appointment of Dr. Saeeda Jaffar As Group Country Manager, SVP for GCC Region

Visa (NYSE: V) has confirmed the appointment of Dr. Saeeda Jaffar as Group Country Manager, and SVP for its operations across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. Dr. Jaffar will reportedly be joining the digital payments leader to manage and oversee its presence in six… Read More

Amazon Payment Services, a Payments Processing Provider for MENA Region, Introduces Fintech Lab in DIFC Innovation Hub

Amazon Payment Services, a payment processing service for the MENA region, has introduced the Amazon Fintech Lab in the DIFC Innovation Hub. The project is reportedly the latest in Amazon Payment Services’ efforts to provide support to the Fintech ecosystem in the MENA region. The… Read More

Fintech Firm Islamic Finance Initiation Network Introduces Operations in Oman After Partnering Alizz Islamic Bank

IFIN (Islamic Finance Initiation Network), the Islamic Fintech firm, has introduced its operations in the Sultanate of Oman by teaming up with Alizz Islamic Bank and Danube Home. Bahrain-based IFIN, a company that digitally connects Islamic finance service providers to retail outlets, aims to offer… Read More

Fintech Ecosystem in Egypt being Supported by Strong MENA Region VC Investments, but Well Behind Global Standards: Report

Egypt’s venture capital investment ecosystem has become one of the most fast-evolving markets in the MENA region. It’s been expanding at a 100% CAGR during the last 5 years, according to the 2020 Egypt Venture Investment Report released by Magnitt in collaboration with Egypt’s IT… Read More

Fintech, AI, Data Science Startups Investor Planet N Receives Investment from Pakistan Kuwait Investment Co.

Pakistan Kuwait Investment Company (Private) Ltd (PKIC) recently made a PKR 500 million (appr. $3 million) equity investment into Planet N (Private) Ltd in order to support the fast-evolving startup sector in Pakistan. The new investment is reportedly part of Planet N’s $10 million funding… Read More

API Infrastructure Firm M2P Solutions Receives Visa Ready Certification, Will Work with MENA Region Banks

M2P Solutions, the API Infrastructure firm that launched operations earlier in 2021 with Abu Dhabi as one of its headquarters, has received its Visa Ready-certification which should help the company with working cooperatively with banks that are based in the MENA region.  The company will… Read More

Netherlands based Adyen, a Global Payments Fintech, to Expand Local Acquiring Services in UAE

Adyen (AMS: ADYEN), a global payments solution provider based in the Netherlands, recently revealed that it’s expanding its local acquiring services to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). With acquiring capabilities now available in the UAE, Adyen aims to offer local and global companies with an… Read More

Qatar based Payments Fintech Dibsy Secures $300,000 via Pre-Seed Round led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai

Qatar-headquartered Fintech firm Dibsy has acquired $300,000 through a pre-seed round that was led by Salem Khalaf Al Mannai along with participation from several angel investors. Dibsy’s management reveals that their investment round was finalized in late 2020. The Dibsy team notes: “Our brand is… Read More

Bahrain’s NEC Payments Chooses Netcetera’s Payment Security Protocol

Bahrain’s payment services provider NEC Payments has reportedly chosen Netcetera for its 3DS 2.0 solution, a payments security protocol. NEC Payments is a fast-growing digital banking and payment tech firm that provides Cloud-based banking-as-a-service (BaaS) solutions in the Middle East. NEC Payments is focused on… Read More

Abu Dhabi’s Fintech PayBy to Offer Contactless Payments Options to Al Maya Group Supermarkets in UAE

Abu Dhabi-based PayBy, a payments startup, has teamed up with Al Maya Group in order to offer the latter with secure, contactless payment options across 49 of its supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). When shopping at Al Maya supermarkets, customers will be able… Read More

Dubai Next, a New Digital Platform, to Allow SMEs in UAE to Raise Capital via Crowdfunding

A new digital platform called Dubai Next has been introduced in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in order to allow innovators and business entrepreneurs of any nationality to acquire capital to launch their initiatives. The Dubai Next platform went live earlier this month (on Wednesday,… Read More

British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks Says Qatar and UK to Focus on Digital Commerce, Fintech Partnerships

Total trade volume between Qatar and the United Kingdom reportedly reached £7 billion last year, even though there were restrictions in place (partly due to COVID). The strong trading activity is also being reported after various challenges related to the pandemic and resulting socioeconomic uncertainty,… Read More

Digital Payments and Banking Tech Provider i2c Partners Jordan’s INVESTBANK to Offer Financial Solutions

i2c Inc., an established provider of digital payment and banking tech, revealed on Monday (May 23, 2021) that it has partnered with INVESTBANK, a bank offering various financial solutions in Jordan. i2c’s plug-and-play platform will reportedly power credit issuing and acquiring capabilities for INVESTBANK. Through… Read More

Australia Stock Exchange listed BNPL Fintech Zip to Acquire Twisto, UAE’s Spotii

Australian Stock Exchange (ASX)-listed Buy Now, Pay Later Fintech Zip is reportedly expanding its business operations into European markets and the Middle East. Zip says it’s acquiring European BNPL Fintech Twisto and UAE’s Spotii as well. Zip reportedly took part in a €16 million investment… Read More

MENA Region Wholesale Banking Businesses Getting Lower Multiples from Investors than Non-Bank Entities: Report

Wholesale banking has been undervalued, however, it has provided consistent results during the COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent report from Oliver Wyman and Morgan Stanley. The wholesale and transaction banking report, titled “Striving to Sustain Returns,” reveals that markets and investment banking were significantly… Read More

Open Banking: Reserve Bank of Bahrain Shares Updates on New Guidelines for Fintechs, SMEs

The reserve bank of Bahrain has shared its commentary on the work being done by retail banks to implement the infrastructure for compliance with the Bahrain Open Banking Framework (Bahrain OBF). This work was carried out after a grace period that allowed for implementation which… Read More

Dubai Fintech Mamo Secures $8M via Pre-Series A Round, Will Expand Operations into UAE, Saudi Arabia

Dubai-headquartered Fintech firm Mamo has reportedly secured $8 million through a pre-Series A funding round. Mamo offers a digital wallet and payments platform and has previously raised $1.5 million in order to launch a peer to peer payments app. As mentioned in a release shared… Read More

JPMorgan Is Working with Bahrain’s Central Bank and Bank ABC to Launch Real-Time Cross-Border Payments, May Work on CBDCs Later

The reserve bank of Bahrain is reportedly working with J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) and Bank ABC in order to launch a real-time cross-border payments system (as part of a digital currency settlement pilot program). Bank ABC and J.P. Morgan will be conducting tests including the transfer of… Read More

Real-Time Virtual Payments Provider ACI Worldwide Extends Partnership with Kuwait’s National Digital Banking Firm

ACI Worldwide (NASDAQ: ACIW), a multinational provider of real-time virtual payment solutions, reveals that it has expanded its working relationship with KNET, which is Kuwait’s national digital banking firm. Through the expanded partnership, ACI Worldwide and KNET will introduce several innovative virtual payment services in… Read More

Virtual Banking: Kuwait International Bank Partners Digital Transformation Specialist Mobiquity to Streamline Financial Services

Mobiquity, a digital transformation enabler, has teamed up with Kuwait International Bank (KIB), in order to support the institution’s goal of becoming a leading all-digital Islamic or Shariah-compliant financial service provider. Through the partnership, KIB will be working with Mobiquity’s team of experienced professionals –… Read More

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