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2020 VC Funding Hits New All-Time High in Egypt; Fintech Makes up 8% of Total Funding

Egypt’s venture investment ecosystem has emerged as one of the most rapidly developing markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 100% over the past five years, according to the

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Nigeria Lays Groundwork for Open Banking

With a booming fintech sector, the Nigerian government and regulators are now setting the foundation for open banking, releasing regulatory frameworks for the safe and efficient transmission of data with hopes that subsequently new, innovative financial solutions will emerge and

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Saudi Arabia: Open Banking Expected to Go Live in H1 2022

The Saudi Central Bank, previously known as Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), is planning to go live with open banking during the first half of 2022. The Go-Live Phase will be the third and last phase of SAMA’s open banking

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Abu Dhabi Free Zone: Digital Bank Licensing Gains International Interest

Several firms from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the broader Middle Eastern region, and Asia-Pacific, are looking to establish digital banks in Abu Dhabi’s financial free zone, said Richard Teng, chief executive of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA), the

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DIFC Launches New License for Tech Startups and Entrepreneurs

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), a special economic zone in Dubai and a financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) markets, has launched a new license for startups, entrepreneurs and technology companies. The Dubai Innovation

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Saudi Arabia: Green Light To Test Robo-Advisory Service

Saudi Arabia’s capital markets watchdog has granted Haseed Investing Company and Wahed Capital a Fintech ExPermit, allowing the two companies to test their robo-advisory services, the Capital Market Authority (CMA) of Saudi Arabia informed. With the permit in hand, the

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After Banning Crypto Saudi Arabia Plans Central Bank Digital Currency

After banning the trading of cryptocurrencies, Saudi Arabia is now developing a blockchain-based digital currency in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The central banks of the two countries are planning to run a pilot of a shared digital

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United Arab Emirates: Scrutinizing ICOs Regulations

Not only United Arab Emirates (UAE) have beeen recently scrutinizing this new financing mechanism, but they have as well recognized sold tokens as securities. Will this further step be the right one for the cryptosphere based in these new dynamic

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Fintech UAE Startup Report and Map

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is poised to become a fintech nexus in the Middle East, aided by government agencies and regulators working together to turn the country into a global fintech powerhouse, according to a new report. These are

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