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Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Seem Promising and are Worth Exploring

Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, the Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank, says that central bank digital currencies or CBDCs seem to be promising and are worth further exploration. Dr. Ahmed’s comments came during a recent webinar held by the International… Read More

Fintech Saudi Announces Launch of 3-Months-Long Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program for MENA Region

Fintech Saudi, an initiative that’s supported by startup accelerator, Flat6Labs, has announced that it’s launching a 3-months-long innovation and entrepreneurship program. The program will aim to bring together Fintech Saudi’s extensive MENA region market reach and Flat6Labs’ resources, in order to provide up to 10… Read More

Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Award More Fintech related Licenses, as Number of Digital Transactions Continue to Rise

The Middle Eastern country of Saudi Arabia has become a more active player in the global economy as it focuses on diversifying its economy. The Saudi government and local businesses have been adopting the latest technologies to streamline operations. The MENA region country has also… Read More

Kokila Alagh: Founder of KARM Legal, Member of MENA Fintech Board, Discusses Role of Emerging Tech in Streamlining Middle Eastern Businesses

Kokila Alagh, Founder of KARM Legal and a member of the MENA Fintech board, recently shared the latest updates from the Middle East region, including the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with Crowdfund Insider. Alagh works closely with the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), the Dubai International… Read More

There are Now At least 60 Fintech Firms Operating in Saudi Arabia, with 100 Startups in Concept or Pre-Launch Phase

Fintech Saudi, an initiative that aims to transform Saudi Arabia into an innovative Fintech Hub with “a thriving and responsible” financial technology ecosystem, has been supporting the Kingdom’s economy by establishing an ecosystem directory and an online jobs portal dedicated to Fintech professionals. Fintech Saudi… Read More

There are Now 142 Islamic Fintech Firms Globally, According to IFN Islamic Fintech, a “One-Stop-Shop” for Info on Shariah-Compliant Services

IFN Islamic Fintech, a “one-stop-shop” for industry knowledge, networking, and communication in the global Islamic financial technology space, revealed on July 30, 2020, that there are now at least 142 Fintech firms globally that reportedly provide Shariah-compliant products and services. As reported in late June… Read More

Fintech Collaboration and Cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the UK Going Steady, Industry Execs Reveal

The UK’s Fintech sector is the largest in Europe. It managed to secure $4.9 billion in total investments last year, across 359 different deals. There also appears to be some sort of consistent or coherent Fintech Sector Strategy for Saudi Arabia, and also a strategy… Read More

Fintech Adoption: Over 80% of Middle East Consumers Say they’re Willing to Use Financial Technology Apps

Over 80% of banking customers in the Middle East say they’re ready or willing to use Fintech apps, however, many traditional lenders have not started integrating financial technology products, according to a recent study by Big Four auditing firm Deloitte. The study revealed that 18%… Read More

India Fintech Tabby Raises $7 Million to Launch “Buy Now Pay Later” Solution in Saudi Arabia

India-based fintech Tabby announced this week it raise of $7 million through its latest funding round, which was led by Raed Ventures with participation from MSA Capital and existing investor Arbor Ventures. Founded in 2019, Tabby states it provides customers with the flexibility to pay… Read More

Payments Provider Geidea Kicks Off Beta Testing of New Service for Saudi SMEs

Geidea, a Saudi based payments company, has launched BETA testing for its new range of SME products. Geidea currently claims 70% market share in Saudi Arabia and is the top service provider to banks in the country, according to the company. In February, Geidea became… Read More

Securrency Joins Forces With Musharaka Capital to Bring Digital Securities to Saudi Arabia

 Securrency, a global financial services technology infrastructure and products company, announced on Tuesday it has formed a new partnership with investment management and banking firm, Musharaka Capital to develop a compliant platform for issuing digital securities in Saudi Arabia.    The companies reported that they… Read More

Fintech: The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Region May Experience Significant Increase in the Use of Financial Technology Platforms Due to COVID-19

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), an intergovernmental political and economic union consisting of the Arab states of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is expected to experience a significant increase in the use of Fintech platforms and services. The anticipated… Read More

New MENA Region Fintech Report Released by Dubai-based Global Ventures, a Leading VC Firm

Global Ventures, a Dubai-based venture capital firm that recently finalized a $50 million investment round, has released a new report that discusses the state of Fintech in the Middle East region. Global Ventures’ extensive 59-page report covers the ongoing growth and development of the Fintech… Read More

Fintech: Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority to Allow 9 More Financial Technology Firms to Participate in National Regulatory Sandbox Program

The Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank which is also responsible for ensuring the growth and soundness of the Kingdom’s financial system, confirmed on April 19, 2020 that it will allow nine more Fintech firms to provide services through a regulatory sandbox… Read More

Banking Challenger Moven Partners STC Pay to Introduce New Banking Service for Young People in Saudi Arabia

Two Fintech companies are teaming up to develop a new banking service for young people living in Saudi Arabia, who may prefer to make cashless payments from their mobile devices. Digital Bank challenger Moven, which was established by Brett King in 2010, will be partnering… Read More

Nexo Standards Names Saudi Payments First Member From Saudi Arabia

Nexo Standards, a Brussels-based nonprofit organization for global payments, announced on Tuesday it has named Saudi Payments its latest Principal Member and the first in the association’s history from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.  According to Nexo Standards, Saudi Payments is a wholly-owned subsidiary of… Read More

HPS, a Payments Technology Firm, Chosen by Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority to Provide QR-based Payment Solution

HPS, a payments technology and services company, has reportedly been chosen by the Saudi Arabia Monetary Authority (SAMA) to offer a QR-based payment platform. The HPS deal is part of the Middle Eastern country’s larger Fintech development initiative. HPS will be overseen by Saudi Payments,… Read More

G20 Issues Joint Statement, Questions Big Tech in Fintech, Urges Implementation of FATF Rules for Virtual Assets

Yesterday, the G20 issued a joint communique outlining shared goals for the group of the larget 20 economies in the world. The actual event is being hosted by Saudi Arabia with meetings ongoing. The document, embedded below, recognized the value of “digitalization of the economy”… Read More

VC Division of World’s Most Profitable Firm Saudi Aramco Invests $5 Million in Blockchain-based Oil Trading Platform, Vakt

The venture capital division of the most profitable firm in the world, Saudi Aramco, has reportedly invested $5 million in a blockchain-enabled oil trading platform, called Vakt. Vakt’s management confirmed the news on January 28, noting that Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures is now among its… Read More

Fintech in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia Might Be Shifting Economic Focus from Oil to Financial Technology

Crude oil production in Saudi Arabia slowed down considerably last year, from 10,643 BBL/D/1K in December 2018 to only 9,890 BBL/D/1K in November 2019. Steady and continuous drops in crude oil production may be attributed to several different factors, such as the attendant impact on… Read More

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