Mastercard announces Fintech Express for MEA companies

Mastercard has released Fintech Express within the Middle East along with Africa, a program created to facilitate emerging financial technology companies launch and grow. Mastercard’s expertise, technology, and global network will likely be leveraged for these startups to have the ability to focus on innovation controlling the digital economy, according to FintechZoom.

The system is actually split into the 3 core modules being – Access, Build, and Connect. Access involves enabling regulated entities to reach a Mastercard License and access Mastercard’s network by having a streamlined onboarding process, according to FintechZoom.

Under the Build module, businesses can turn into an Express Partner by building exceptional tech alliances as well as benefitting from all the advantages offered, according to FintechZoom.

Start-ups looking to add payment solutions to their collection of products, may easily link with qualified Express Partners available on the Mastercard Engage net portal, as well as go live with Mastercard of a few days, under the Connect module, according to FintechZoom.

Becoming an Express Partner helps brands simplify the launch of payment treatments, shortening the process from a few months to a matter of days. Express Partners will also enjoy all of the benefits of being a professional Mastercard Engage Partner.

“‚ĶTechnological improvements and uniqueness are actually steering the digital financial services industry as fintech players are becoming globally mainstream as well as an increasing influx of these players are actually competing with large conventional players. With present day announcement, we are taking the next phase in more empowering them to fulfil the ambitions of theirs of scale and speed,” said Gaurang Shah, Senior Vice President, Digital Payments & Labs, Middle East and Africa, Mastercard.

Some of the first players to have joined up with forces and also invented alliances inside the Middle East along with Africa under the brand new Express Partner program are actually Network International (MENA); Nedbank and Ukheshe (South Africa); in addition to the Diamond Trust Bank, DPO Group, Tutuka and Selcom (Sub-Saharan Africa), according to FintechZoom.

As an Express Partner, Network International, a top enabler of digital commerce of mena and Long-Term Mastercard partner, will act as exclusive payments processor for Middle East fintechs, thus allowing as well as accelerating participants’ regional market entry, according to FintechZoom.

“‚ĶAt Network, development is core to our ethos, and we believe that fostering a neighborhood society of innovation is vital to success. We’re glad to enter into this strategic collaboration with Mastercard, as part of our long-term dedication to support fintechs and strengthen the UAE payment infrastructure,” said Samer Soliman, Managing Director, Middle East – Network International, according to FintechZoom.

Mastercard Fintech Express falls within the umbrella of Mastercard Accelerate which is made up of four main programmes namely Fintech Express, Start Developers, Engage, and Path.