FMO, a&b launch Fintech platform for Africa

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FMO, the Dutch Development Bank, together with above & beyond (a&b), a Miami based Fintech, have launched “FinForward”, a nine-month program aiming to link Fintechs worldwide with financial institutions in Africa.

According a press statement, the matched companies will enter a testing environment where the banks and Fintechs can test and integrate new financial technology solutions in a safe and secure manner. The objective of the new platform is to accelerate the digitization of the financial industry in Africa by supporting innovation of the core business with digital solutions.

FMO‘s Andrew Shaw, Senior Fintech Specialist, “We feel that the Fintech conversation is less about who is the disruptor and who is the incumbent, and more about the ecosystem and new partnerships and alliances. We want to stimulate collaboration where it makes commercial sense, and where we can improve financial inclusion.”

FMO‘s Andrew Shaw, Senior Fintech Specialist, “We feel that the Fintech conversation is less about who is the disruptor and who is the incumbent, and more about the ecosystem and new partnerships and alliances. We want to stimulate collaboration where it makes commercial sense, and where we can improve financial inclusion.”

The matching and integration tool will make global Fintech companies accessible and top-of-mind to African financial institutions to help them to reduce costs, innovate, add services, tap into new revenue streams and work towards open banking platforms. It will also enable them to service difficult to reach segments such as the bottom of the pyramid, women and small entrepreneurs.

“FinForward is one of a kind initiative that facilitates collaboration between Financial Institutions, Mobile Money Providers and Fintech companies. We are building a thriving interconnected global ecosystem integrated through one single platform”, added Jorge Ruiz, Co-Founder & CEO, above & beyond tech.

African financial institutions recognize Fintech as a game changer that allows them to increase efficiency and expand their client/product base. However, they admit that they have difficulties finding, choosing, testing and implementing Fintech companies and their solutions.

The high demand for financial services in emerging markets provides a large market opportunity for innovative Fintech companies using new financial technology such as block chain, data analytics, artificial intelligence and new distribution systems such as online, mobile and agent networks.

Fintechs’ for emerging markets are active in areas such as balance sheet lending, platform lending, payment solutions, software-as-a-service (SaaS), digital field applications, alternative credit scoring, predictive data analytics and transaction verification via block chain.

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