Posts From Fintechnews Africa

Tanzania’s Nascent Fintech Sector is Poised for Growth

In Tanzania, the fintech sector is still nascent with less than 50 companies, among which 68% in their early stages and 20% still at the pre-startup stage and not fully launched yet, a research found. An assessment of the Tanzanian

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Kenya Central Bank Outlining Open Banking Ambitions

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has released a draft document outlining a five-year digitalization plan to modernize the country’s domestic payment landscape. The document, titled Kenya National Payments System Vision and Strategy 2021 – 2025 and released in December

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Arab Investment Bank Taps Temenos to Boost Its Digital Banking Capabilities

The Arab Investment Bank announced that it has selected Temenos, a Swiss banking software company to bolster its digital banking transformation journey. Arab Investment Bank chose the capabilities of Temenos Infinity and Temenos Payments to improve performance, drive its digital

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Booming Nigerian Fintech Sector Could See Revenues Reach US$543M by 2022

Fintech revenues in Nigeria are projected to reach an estimated US$543 million by 2022, driven by increasing smartphone penetration and a large population of unbanked eager to adopt digital financial services, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence

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A Fintech Academy for Egypt

Knowledge Officer announced a collaboration with the Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) to launch the Fintech Academy, which is said to be the first of its kind in Egypt. Other program partners who support this initiative include Mint, Fintech Galaxy

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3 Swiss Fintech Startups Targeting South Africa

3 Swiss fintech startups namely 4bridges, AgFlow and e-traid (e-commerce) were among the startups chosen to be a part of the Swiss Venture Leaders South Africa team. The selection process for this year was so competitive that the programme included

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3 Barriers European Fintechs Face Around Working with Refugee Populations

Refugees in Europe are struggling to access basic financial services, and though this would have typically represented an opportunity for fintechs, companies in the space are facing major barriers that are hampering their ability to adequately serve these underbanked populations,

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TPay Mobile and Vodafone Egypt Launch Digital Payment on Google Play

Vodafone Egypt, the largest mobile network operator in Egypt in terms of active subscribers and Tpay Mobile, a digital payment enabler in the Middle East and Africa, announced the launch of Direct Carrier Billing (DCB) on the Google Play store.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Donates US$1.5 M to Strengthen Cybersecurity in Africa and Asia

CREST, the not-for-profit accreditation and certification body for the technical security industry, has received a grant of $1.4 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help increase cyber security capacity in Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Bangladesh

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Why Are 80% of Central Banks Looking into Digital Currencies?

In 2019, 80% of central banks were engaged in work related to central bank digital currency (CBDC), compared with 70% the previous year. Amongst these, 40% had progressed from conceptual research to experiments or proofs-of-concept, and 10% had developed pilot

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