The report highlights the regions Fintech landscape, key spotlight markets and predicts future trends

key findings include

  • The report highlighted that within MEA there are an estimated 2,800 fintech solutions. Israel, with 750 fintechs, and the UAE, with over 400, took the top premier global fintech hub status (noted in the report as ‘tier-one’)
  • Economic development will play a strong part in regional fintech development 
  • Governments, as part of national strategies or not, can help foster and mature their respective fintech ecosystems via access to finance especially at the micro-level for many areas
  • COVID-19 and digital transformation will continue to transform the MEA consumer, with many likely to be driven by necessity to embrace fintech solutions. This will help solidify fintech’s importance and deliver more growth in the sector

March 29, 2021: The Fintech Times has announced the release of a new report analysing the fintech ecosystem in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). The report, entitled “Fintech: The Middle East and Africa 2021”,  aims to give a comprehensive overview of the fintech landscape in the region from an economic development context.

The report is divided into three chapters, with the first covering the economic development of the region and how and why that is impacting the growth of fintech in MEA. The second categorizes 22 nations in MEA that were deemed to be the fintech hotspots within the region to give a straightforward guide to the region’s hubs. These countries were ranked based on a variety of data-informed indicators, including the number of fintech companies, GDP, and regulatory scope. Finally, the third chapter concludes the report with predictions of future trends in the fintech space and its role in the region’s wider development.  

The report highlighted that within MEA there are an estimated 2,800 fintech solutions. Israel, with 750 fintech, and the UAE, with over 400, took the top premier global fintech hub status (noted in the report as ‘tier-one) as they both not only have strong advanced economies but also clear fintech and wider tech ecosystems that are mature.

Saudi Arabia and Bahrain scored high in the emerging fintech hub category (‘tier two’); others in the emerging category include Turkey, Qatar, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, and Nigeria. 

Uganda, Morocco and Rwanda were classified as ‘tier three’, being “markets to watch” that are predicted to convert to emerging hubs should their growth and focus on fintech continue.

Richie Santosdiaz, Head of MEA at The Fintech Times and main author of the report, said: “The fintech landscape in the MEA region, minus a few pockets, as a whole is generally much more infant in its maturity of fintech. Nevertheless, by contextualizing all the changes the region has undergone, particularly from economic development and diversification lense, one can see the sudden growth and importance fintech plays in MEA. COVID-19 has further accelerated wider digital transformation and this plays true as well in the region.  

“The report confirms, consolidates and offers insights to what many perceived in the MEA region. Given much information about MEA is either mostly fragmented, geographically split, or very high-level, my aim of the report was to be a comprehensive guide for both those who might know little about MEA let alone fintech in the region, as well as those who might be more in tune with its developments but might not see it from either an economic development light nor have validation of facts that until now remains generally limited.

“The growth of fintech in MEA is nonetheless a consequence of the economic development that has happened from the top and wider digital transformation, even in a post-pandemic world, will take play this year and beyond in the region.” 

Other key findings include: 

  • Economic development will play a strong part in regional fintech development 
  • Governments, as part of national strategies or not, can help foster and mature their respective fintech ecosystems via access to finance especially at the micro-level for many areas
  • COVID-19 and digital transformation will continue to transform the MEA consumer, with many likely to be driven by necessity to embrace fintech solutions. This will help solidify fintech’s importance and deliver more growth in the sector

Download/View the full report here: https://thefintechtimes.com/country-reports/ 

This is the first report produced by The Fintech Times for the MEA region. The MEA section (part of its wider European, Asian and Americas coverage) was launched in the summer of 2020. 

ENDS

About the author Richie Santosdiaz, Head of Middle East & Africa

Richie mainly specializes in economic development and diversification within the management consulting realm, specifically around internationalization (international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI)), as well as international business, international education, and capability development.

Having lived in seven countries with over 15 years professional experience, he spent almost 5 years until 2018 with PA Consulting based in London, having a portfolio of high-level government and multinational corporate clients in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He now uses the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as base of operations.

Richie is currently the Head of Strategy for Dubai-hqed RISE as well as a volunteer mentor in Middle East and Africa for the Mayor of London’s International Business Programme

About The Fintech Times

Established in 2016, The Fintech Times is a global multimedia news outlet centred around the world’s first leading Fintech newspaper. We report on the latest and brightest ideas from the Fintech world as an authoritative and trusted voice, focused on high-quality content and distributed to a global network.

We have been building that voice over the years and with the support of our 65,000+ unique visitors online every month and with over 150,000+ copies of the print newspaper circulated around the world every year.

Chronicling the latest developments in cutting-edge financial technologies including PayTech, RegTech, Banking transformation, Open Banking, Blockchain, WealthTech, Insurtech to name a few.

The Fintech Industry is not only about new companies, new technologies for old companies, its about inventors and visionaries, and everyday people creating something new.

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