Mastercard announces Fintech Express for MEA companies

Mastercard has launched Fintech Express in the Middle East and Africa, a software program developed to facilitate emerging financial technology companies launch and expand. Mastercard’s experience, technology, and global network will likely be leveraged for these startups to be able to focus on development driving the digital economy, according to FintechZoom.

The system is actually split into the three primary modules being – Access, Build, and also Connect. Access involves enabling regulated entities to attain a Mastercard License as well as access Mastercard’s network through a streamlined onboarding process, according to FintechZoom.

Under the Build module, companies can become an Express Partner by building special tech alliances and benefitting right from all the rewards provided, according to FintechZoom.

Start-ups looking to include payment solutions to their collection of products, can easily connect with qualified Express Partners on the Mastercard Engage web portal, and also go live with Mastercard of a matter of days, beneath the Connect module, according to FintechZoom.

Becoming an Express Partner helps models simplify the launch of fee treatments, shortening the process from a couple of months to a matter of days. Express Partners will in addition appreciate all of the advantages of being a qualified Mastercard Engage Partner.

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

Several of the first players to have joined up with forces as well as created alliances in the Middle East as well as Africa underneath the new Express Partner program are Network International (MENA); Ukheshe and Nedbank (South Africa); as well as Diamond Trust Bank, DPO Group, Tutuka and Selcom (Sub-Saharan Africa), according to FintechZoom.

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

“…At Network, development is core to the ethos of ours, and we think that fostering a local society of innovation is vital to success. We’re pleased to enter into this strategic cooperation with Mastercard, as a part of our long term dedication to help fintechs and improve the UAE payment infrastructure,” stated Samer Soliman, Managing Director, Middle East – Network International, according to FintechZoom.

Mastercard Fintech Express falls under the umbrella of Mastercard Accelerate that is composed of four primary programmes specifically Fintech Express, Start Developers, Engage, and Path.