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沙特颁发该国首批金融科技企业牌照

近些年来,为减少对石油出口经济的依赖,沙特阿拉伯一直在积极探寻新的发展模式。

而就在本周二,沙特阿拉伯证券监管机构CMA宣布颁发该国首批两个金融科技许可牌照,积极推动该国金融科技产业发展。

据悉,本次获得牌照的两个国家分别是来自利雅得的创企Manafa Capital和众筹投资服务平台Scopeer。

个人投资者可以通过上述公司运营的电子平台为小企业提供资金,并获取对应企业股份作为回报。

据了解,这些企业可以服务于沙特阿拉伯改革计划的两个方面:一是扩大其资本市场,二是通过帮助企业家获得新企业的资金来创造就业机会。 CMA表示将在今年晚些时候收到更多金融科技许可证的申请。

其实,支持金融科技产业发展的不止CMA。就在今年2月,沙特中央银行还与美国Ripple公司签署了一项协议,帮助该国银行使用区块链软件支付款项。

而今年5月,总部位于阿布扎比的私募股权公司海湾资本(Gulf Capital)也宣布,已经收购了沙特阿拉伯领先的电子支付解决方案提供商Geidea的股份,该交易价值超过10亿里亚尔(约合2.67亿美元)。

Saudi Arabia’s securities regulator approved its first two financial technology licences on Tuesday, part of a drive to develop a fintech sector in the Arab world’s biggest economy under reforms designed to reduce reliance on oil exports.

The Capital Market Authority approved licences allowing Riyadh-based start-up Manafa Capital and another firm, Scopeer, to offer crowdfunding investment services on a trial basis, the CMA said on Tuesday.

Individual investors will use electronic platforms operated by the companies to fund small and medium-sized enterprises in exchange for shares in those enterprises.

The ventures could serve two aspects of Saudi Arabia’s reform programme: broaden its capital markets, and create jobs by helping entrepreneurs obtain funding for new ventures. The CMA said it would receive applications for more fintech licences later this year.

The Saudi central bank has also thrown its weight behind fintech. In February, it signed a deal with U.S.-based Ripple to help banks in the kingdom settle payments using blockchain software.

Gulf Capital, an Abu Dhabi-based private equity firm, said in May that it had bought a stake in Geidea, the leading provider of electronic payment solutions in Saudi Arabia, in a deal worth over SAR1bn ($267m).


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