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Spotlight Middle East and Africa: In Conversation Live From Dubai Series Part Seven 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 seven 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 Alibaba Cloud and Foloosi are featured.

Alibaba Cloud: Watch full interview with Phillip Liu from Alibaba Cloud below:

Alibaba Cloud is the digital technology and intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. It offers a complete suite of cloud services to customers worldwide, including elastic computing, database, storage, network virtualization services, large-scale computing, security, management and application services, big data analytics, a machine learning platform and IoT services.

Alibaba Cloud is the world’s third leading and Asia Pacific’s leading IaaS provider which currently has 80 availability zones in 25 regions, serving millions of customers across the globe. In the 2020 fiscal year, it supported 38 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, earned more than 80 security and compliance accreditations worldwide, continues to lead in the public cloud market, with the fastest growing year-on-year revenue of 52% among the world’s top players in 2020.

Alibaba Cloud’s IaaS+PaaS (Platform-as-a-Service) combined market share grew from fourth to third in the last quarter of 2020, demonstrating the company’s enhanced global competitiveness, underpinning Alibaba’s rich and diverse ecosystem, which ranges from e-commerce and payment, to logistics and supply chain management solutions. It supported $74.1 billion in transactions over an 11-day period during Alibaba’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival last year with zero downtime. To adequately support MENA regional businesses’ digitalisation, Alibaba cloud has formed partnerships with diverse organizations across the retail, healthcare, FinTech, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), business process outsourcing, media and education sectors.

Phillip Liu is the General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence MEA. As the general manager of Alibaba Cloud MEA, Phillip has 15 years’ experience in technology innovation across China, Singapore, Middle East and Africa, and his expertise covers mobile payment, banking security, telecommunication, transportation, smart city and etc. Before joining Alibaba Cloud in 2018, he used to work as development manager of Ezlink Singapore and chief product manager of banking sector China.

FOLOOSI: Watch Full Interview with Ayman Adel AbdelMeguid from Foloosi below:

Foloosi is an enabler for businesses in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with easy to use options that are designed to be accessible, convenient and simple backed by reputed partners to provide security and a credible and reliable customer experience. Ayman Adel AbdelMeguid is part of Foloosi business developer team, located in Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) in Dubai.

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 have recorded video interviews and presenting these special edition Spotlight MEAs. To follow the rest stay tuned here.


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