Report Details 11 Fintech Regulatory Sandboxes in MENA in 202222. November 2022
The report found that regulators in the region have been responding to the growth in open banking activities through new frameworks, licenses and laws to ensure consumer safety.
The report also found that there are 11 fintech regulatory sandboxes in the MENA region as of November 2022, up from four regulatory sandboxes in 2019.
However, only two countries — Bahrain and Saudi Arabia — have implemented a full open banking policy and framework. Kuwait, Egypt, and the UAE have also announced plans to do so.
The “Embedded Finance in the MENA region” report was produced by MFTA with the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), Mastercard, The London Institute of Banking & Finance, Arthur D. Little, Codebase Technologies, Lean Technologies, M2P Fintech, and Tarabut Gateway.
“We are extremely proud of our Open Finance Working Group and everyone participating in our conversations with the regional regulators. These are true impact makers and innovators striving to make an impact across the region,”
said Nameer Khan, Chairman & Founding Board Member, MENA Fintech Association (MFTA).
“The use of APIs for sharing customer-permissioned data and banking capabilities makes embedded finance an efficient and convenient option for providers and recipients of all sizes,”
said Hakan Eroglu, MFTA Open Finance Working Group Lead, Advisor to the MFTA Chairman, and Global Open Banking & Open Data Practice Lead, D&S at Mastercard.