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Mashreq invests in NymCard to support UAE fintech ecosystem

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Mashreq has invested in NymCard, the Middle East’s Banking-as-a-Service provider, in order to promote the UAE’s thriving FinTech sector and the next generation of innovators, said a company statement.

This investment, as per the announcement, is part of a FinTech fund established by Mashreq to help the UAE’s FinTech ecosystem by promoting innovation through collaborations with the goal of providing a smooth and superior consumer experience. Through NymCard’s contemporary open APIs, it will enable fintechs of all sizes to establish business propositions that require payment card capabilities. The deal’s terms were not made public.

“The UAE has witnessed significant growth as a FinTech hub, both from an investment perspective and from a burgeoning crop of tech-savvy innovators, and this shows no signs of abating. We recognize the crucial role the Fintech’s play in growing financial inclusion and the digital economy and will continue to identify opportunities, invest and support our partners to help drive this growth. We look forward to scaling up the FinTech ecosystem in the UAE in partnership with NymCard,” said Fernando Morillo, Global Head of Retail Banking, Mashreq Bank. 

Omar Onsi, CEO and Founder of NymCard, further commented: “We are very excited about this partnership with Mashreq Bank as it is considered a major milestone in our journey, enabling fintechs to launch and scale quickly within the UAE market.” 

“With this new relationship, NymCard has dramatically reduced the cost and time it will take for fintechs to get live in the UAE, with innovative payment cards that support their business models, leveraging our modern and open API-based infrastructure.”

The FinTech sector across the Middle East is growing rapidly with a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30%, according to the Middle East Institute, who predicted that, by 2022, more than 800 FinTech companies from sub-segments including payments, open banking, regtech and compliance, smart lending, insurtech, blockchain, and cybersecurity solutions for the financial industry – such as anti-money-laundering, anti-fraud, identity theft, identity management, and others – will raise over $2 billion in venture capital funding.


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