Tag "Middle East and North Africa (MENA)"

BNPL Emerges as New Favorite Payment Option in MENA-Pakistan

In the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan (MENAP) region, exponential growth in the e-commerce market is fueling the rise of newer methods of paying, with buy now, pay later (BNPL) arrangements, in particular, emerging as the new favorite payment

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Fintech Becomes Favoured Investment Focus in MENA

In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), fintech has emerged into the preferred investment target of investors. Between 2019 and 2021, the fintech sector captured the largest portion of dollars invested across all tech sectors, more than double enterprise

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Egypt Among Top 4 Fintech Ecosystems in Africa

Over the past few years, Egypt’s fintech sector has grown at a rapid pace as the startup ecosystem thrives and investment surges. In its first industry report, Fintech Egypt, an initiative of the Central Bank of Egypt, delves into that

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MENA Regulators to Increase Fintech Priority

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the prioritization of fintech among regulators in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. These have moved fintech up the regulatory agency and introduced a number of measures to harness the opportunities introduced by

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Top 14 Most Well-Funded Fintech Startups in MENA

Forbes Middle East has released its annual ranking of the Top 50 Most-Funded Startups in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. Out of these 50 companies, 14 are fintech firms, making the sector the most represented one across

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Fintech Development in Algeria Lags Behind MENA Counterparts

Despite strong mobile phone penetration and high mobile broadband connectivity, fintech development in Algeria is still underwhelming compared to other nations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, experts say. According to World Bank experts, only 16% of

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New Report Calls for Open Banking Harmonization Across the Arab World

Open banking is making inroads in the Arab world but visions and strategies between countries across the region vary dramatically. Defining a holistic vision for open banking in the region will allow Arab countries to fully reap the fruits of

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UAE Leads MENA in Financial Inclusion: Research

Financial inclusion diverges across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) taking the lead and Morocco lagging behind, according to a new report by Fintech Consortium, Bahrain Fintech Bay, and Jordan Fintech Bay. In

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MENA Fintech Startup Funding Report and Map

Fintech is booming in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), now representing one of the hottest industries in the region, according to a new report by investment data platform Magnitt and the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) international financial

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Only 14 Fintechs Made the Cut to World Economic Forum’s Top 100 Arab Startups List

Entrepreneurship is booming across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) with startups in the region raising an astonishing US$900 million through 386 deals in 2018, an increase of 31% compared to the previous year. This is according to the

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