The Digital Transformation of Banking - Driving Constructive Economic Outcomes from the FinTech Ecosystem in Africa
South Africa’s FinTech adoption rate is expected to experience a major leap over the next few years. EY’s annual FinTech Adoption Index Report 2017 forecasted 71% growth, with the country ranking third in future growth behind only China and India. There is a greater number of technology hubs in South Africa than any other country on the continent with a larger amount of national and international investment in the sector. South Africa’s Reserve Bank has created a team which is dedicated to monitor the latest FinTech developments on payments, lending, deposit taking, investments and insurance, which will report directly to the Deputy Governor Francoise Groepe. South Africa is clearly in the midst of one of the most exciting phases of innovation and disruption in the financial sector.
Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 is a very different kind of event, a complete reboot, for a very different kind of industry. Deconstructed and shorn of all the usual, tired formats of the traditional convention and built from the ground up as a genuinely new event that is a ground-breaking in its focus as it is in its format and aspiring to be as innovative and transformative as the dynamic FinTech market it serves.
Combining a highly innovative and interactive event format with world-class speakers and more than 300 carefully selected participants, Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018, to be held at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Johannesburg on the 6th of June 2018, will tackle the most pressing questions for the progress of FinTech and the positive transformation of banking in Africa, providing a platform for all stakeholders to engage in creating the future of financial services on the continent – from established banking powerhouses to FinTech start-ups.
Chris PrincipeCEO Chain2Trade, Inc. Publisher FinFuture & Financial IT
A very positive story, if one that is not yet well understood, is unfolding in Africa. New technology, new ideas and new business models are producing new opportunities. The distinctions between telecom services providers, payments services providers and financial institutions are breaking down. In virtually all African countries, there are sufficient numbers of mobile phones ‐ which are not necessarily smartphones ‐ for previously unbanked people to have access to high quality financial services at low cost. Innovative companies are using Blockchain technology and crypto‐currencies to resolve fundamental problems such as lack of access to electricity and lack of access to global financial markets. Finnovation Africa highlights how FinTech is transforming Africa for the better, facilitating payments, boosting financial inclusion and developing new enterprises. However, the conference does much more than that, as it engages key stakeholders to reveal how the entire world is changing. In many ways, Africa is a FinTech leader, rather than a follower.
Murad QubbajAssociate Director, Business Channels Development Pio-Tech
Murad Qubbaj, Associate Director Business & channels Development of Pio-Tech, speaking ahead of his parcipation in the event, said that: “A combination of limited access to financial services, high mobile penetration and strong entrepreneurial spirit are some of the key reason behind the acceleration of financial services innovation in Africa with some of the most innovative FinTech and banking solution being developed in and for the region. Recent research has revealed that almost a third of the money invested in African start-ups was consumed by new FinTech firms and the Finnovation FinTech Africa Series: has created a unique platform for these start-ups and trail-blazers, the broader FinTech ecosystem, as well as the incumbent banking powerhouses across Africa to engage and learn from each other.”
Mountaga DiopFounder & CEO BelCash
Speaking ahead of his particiation in Finnovation Africa Series, Mountaga Diop, Founders & CEO, Belcash said that: “Industry leaders from across the African and global FinTech industry will gather momentum around digital financial services into more inclusive and productive economies across Sub-Saharan Africa”
Mr. Diop continued by saying “As the formal economy grows we see individuals, communities and nations prosper and make progress on strategic growth and development priorities. When unbanked and underbanked communities have access to digital financial services, everyone benefits and FinTech can play vital role in driving financial inclusion imperative across the continent. there is an opportunity to change people’s lives while building scalable, profitable companies that consumers need and want.”
Finnovation Africa: South Africa 2018 will gather all stakeholders and inﬂuencers in the African FinTech value chain from the key markets across Africa and internationally and will seek to better align FinTech directions and initiatives in Africa with the strategic economic priorities and requirements of key countries – and provide a roadmap of how the banking and ﬁnancial services industry across the continent can make even greater strides towards a positively transformed future.
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