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Workup a fintech sweat with Isbank’s start-up programme


Turkey’s largest private bank, Isbank, has unveiled its entrepreneurship programme for fintech start-ups in the country. Since forming an innovation team within its Digital Banking Unit, the bank says it has become “much closer” to tech entrepreneurs in the republic. The innovation team is working remotely at Kolektif House Levent (a co-working space for Turkish […]

Bahrain’s central bank creates sandbox for fintech start-ups


The Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) has announced new regulations to create a regulatory sandbox for fintech start-ups and firms to test and experiment their banking ideas and solutions. The framework provides a “virtual space” and it is open to existing CBB licensees and other local and foreign firms. The testing duration is nine months, […]

Turkey’s Garanti Bank wins BBVA fintech ideas challenge


Turkey-based Garanti Bank’s new mobile app has won BBVA’s “Open Talent Ideas” fintech competition. BBVA launched the competition in February, and yesterday (5 June) the ten finalists presented their idea to experts from BBVA’s senior management. The winning idea was GarantiStore, a mobile app able to identify products automatically. Through image recognition techniques or by […]

NCR makes it nice and Eazy for Bahrain’s biometric payments


Bahrain-based Eazy Financial Services will launch the region’s “first” biometric payment network powered by NCR. Consumers will be able to register their fingerprint through any bank linked to Eazy’s network and then use that at any device (ATM or POS) to start a transaction rather than using a card. In the first phase, NCR will […]

ICSFS signs National Bank of Yemen for ICS Banks core system, goes live at BOND Savings and Loans


ICS Financial Systems (ICSFS) has signed a core banking software deal with National Bank of Yemen, and has gone live at BOND Savings and Loans in Ghana.

Dubai regulator unveils fintech innovation licence to thrill

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The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) will allow firms to apply for a financial services licence as it seeks to boost innovation in the region. As reported in March, DFSA issued a new consultation paper and proposed its licence plans. The licence, known as an Innovation Testing Licence (ITL), will allow qualifying firms to develop […]

Five start-ups fire up with Abu Dhabi Global Market’s RegLab

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Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has approved its first batch of Regulatory Laboratory (RegLab) firms comprising five local and international fintech start-ups. The start-ups were selected from a pool of 11 applicants and are now ready to further develop and test their innovations at the fintech regulation lab. Richard Teng, CEO of the Financial Services […]

Mashreq bank mulls branchless future

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Dubai-based Mashreq is planning its future as a branchless bank, according to a speech by CEO Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair at its 50th anniversary ceremony. With the rise in digital banking, Al Ghurair used the speech to express his understanding of the real world; and set out the bank’s vision of job cuts and embracing […]

Middle East and Africa the world’s fastest growing payment cards region


The Middle East and Africa (MEA) is the payment cards region increasing the quickest across the globe, according to research by Retail Banking Research (RBR). According to RBR’s Global Payment Cards Data and Forecasts to 2021, the number of cards in issue in MEA increased by 13% to 611 million in 2015, making it the […]

Samsung Pay lands in four more nations

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Samsung Pay is expanding to four more countries – with official launches in Sweden and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and it enters early access in Hong Kong and Switzerland. The launches in the UAE and Sweden are Samsung Pay’s first markets in the Middle East and the Nordics. Last month, Nordea launched the beta […]