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    Egypt Approves First-Ever Fintech Startup for SME Financing

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    The Financial Regulatory Authority (FRA) of Egypt has announced the approval of two significant developments in the country’s burgeoning fintech sector. The FRA has granted approval for the establishment of Flind, the first technology startup company in Egypt dedicated to financing small and medium-sized enterprises (SME s) using financial technology. In a parallel move, the FRA has also registered V.Lens, the first outsourcing company to offer a comprehensive suite of financial technology services to companies operating in non-banking financial activities within Egypt.

    Flind is poised to leverage financial technology solutions to facilitate access to SME financing, a critical sector in the economy of Egypt. V.Lens will provide essential services such as electronic identification, verification, authentication, electronic contract conclusion, and digital record management.

    Dr. Mohamed Farid, Chairman of the FRA, emphasized that these approvals align with the FRA’s strategic goal of accelerating the digitization of non-banking financial transactions. He highlighted the role of financial technology as a key enabler of financial inclusion, providing a broader segment of the population with access to essential financial services.

    “The FRA’s vision is centered on fostering an environment that supports the growth of fintech companies and facilitates easy and convenient access to non-banking financial services for individuals,” stated Dr. Farid.

    The FRA’s committee responsible for evaluating applications related to the use of financial technology in non-banking financial activities, led by Mohamed Al-Sayyad, Vice President of the FRA, played a pivotal role in the approval process.

    Dr. Farid further explained that the FRA has mandated that all companies utilizing financial technology in non-banking financial services adopt robust risk management and governance mechanisms to ensure operational efficiency, client protection, and financial stability.

    “The use of financial technology and the digitization of non-banking financial transactions strengthen the capabilities of the non-banking financial sector to achieve inclusion in insurance, investment, and financing,” noted Dr. Farid. He also emphasized that financial technology serves as a significant catalyst for facilitating access to and utilization of non-banking financial services for diverse segments of society, thus aligning with Egypt’s vision of financial inclusion and digital transformation.

    These approvals mark a significant step forward for Egypt’s fintech ecosystem, demonstrating the FRA’s commitment to fostering innovation and expanding financial services accessibility through the adoption of technology.

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