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Spotlight Middle East and Africa: In Conversation Live From Dubai Series Part Five of Seven

This special Spotlight Middle East and Africa (MEA) series will reflect on conversations from the recent Seamless Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that was held on the 29th and 30th September, 2021. This is part five of seven. 

Economic development advisor Richie Santosdiaz spoke with various organisations throughout the Seamless Middle East show, which was a first for The Fintech Times. Stay tuned during the upcoming Spotlight MEAs by The Fintech Times to watch more from the following companies. In this series TAP and Monty Finance are featured.

TAP: Watch full interview with Racha Sibai from TAP below:

As one of the most innovative and fastest-growing startups, Tap Payments provides powerful, tech-driven payment technologies with global payment industry standards and a focus on being easy, quick, and secure for businesses as well as customers.

Tap Payments unified the fragmented payment landscape in the MENA region by developing a single API driven payment gateway, goSell, for all popular and trusted payment methods in the region such as mada in Saudi Arabia, KNET in Kuwait, Benefit in Bahrain, Naps in Qatar, Oman Net in Oman, plus Fawry and Meeza in Egypt alongside with Visa, Mastercard and American Express as well as alternative payment methods such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and STC Pay.

Many businesses operate without a website or mobile app, in order to collect online payments, Tap Payments developed a billing application, goCollect. This invoicing app enables businesses to easily send bills via email, SMS, WhatsApp, or social media platforms and collect online payments using major debit and credit cards. Payment options supported include debit and credit card payments such as Visa, MasterCard, and American Express, along with highly adopted local payment schemes within the MENA region.

Today, Tap Payments serves merchants locally, regionally and globally who seek in serving their paying customers in the MENA region by enabling prominent payment options and preferences in 9 countries that include Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt. The simplification of online payments for the markets the company is standardizing is empowering over 75,000 businesses of all sizes from home businesses to SMEs, startups, and corporates across various industries, such as retail, food, airlines, and more.

MONTY FINANCE: Watch Full Interview with Charles Matta from Monty Finance:

Monty Finance is the newest online banking platform designed to meet the needs and expectations of every business and customer in the geographies where it operates. Launched in 2021, Monty Finance caters to previously underserved, unsatisfied, and unbanked communities, offering financial convenience, competitive offers, AI-backed features, and a transparent and empowering digital banking experience for those it serves. Monty Finance is also the digital banking Fintech arm of Monty Holding, which was established in 1998 and contains closely integrated Mobile and Fintech divisions that benefit from knowledge-sharing across the telecommunications and financial services industries.

Charles Matta is a Financial Expert and a Fintech enthusiast who has joined Monty Finance, the Digital Banking arm of Monty Holding, since the Group’s inception. Charles graduated from the Lebanese University in 2010 with a degree in Accounting & Finance and has come a long way since then.

With over 10 years of experience in the field he has worked in multiple international geographies including the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Luxembourg and Greece. Charles is specialized in the financial services industry, worked with Deloitte and KPMG for more than 10 years, and accumulated a number of international certifications to his portfolio of achievements.

Charles is currently expanding Monty Finance’s portfolio into innovative fintech services and venturing into digital banking.

Seamless returned for its 21st year this year. This was the first show The Fintech Times physically took part in at MEA and was pleased to have recorded video interviews and after presenting these special editions Spotlight MEAs. To follow the rest stay tuned here.


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