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The State of the Africa – USA Fintech Connection

Posted in DC 2023

Africa, a continent home to 1.4 billion people with a median age of 19, is ripe for continued fintech evolution as 57% of the population remains unbanked. 62% of the capital powering African fintechs in 2021 came from US investors and this trend is projected to continue increasing as investors seek to increase financial inclusion. This panel brings together thought leaders and stakeholders from leading African fintechs, US-based investors actively mobilizing capital in the sector, tech companies scaling on the continent, global fintech policymakers, and ecosystem enablers to discuss the current state of the fintech relationship between Africa and the United States.

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The State of Public Markets in & For Africa

Posted in DC 2023

Africa’s maturing private sector is demanding more and more from its public markets and the market is responding with new instruments and strategies catered for its evolving needs. Corporates and startups alike are also attracting funding in the public markets via debt/corporate funds as well as public listings. With the help of InvesTech and other financial services applications, Africans have better access to global markets than ever before. This does not only extend to the consumer, but companies and startups as well can more easily access the public markets. This discussion brings together expert investment bankers, African InvesTechs and the leading source for capital markets media and news to discuss what the state and the future of public markets looks like in and for Africa.

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Fintech Accelerating Climate Sustainability Goals

Posted in DC 2023

Financial technology plays a key role in accelerating climate adaptation and achieving various sustainability goals. Climate-smart fintech companies can be found in all shapes and sizes from mobility to logistics, insurance, agri-financing, embedded carbon finance, and web3 rails for supply chain traceability are just a few areas where fintech is playing a role in the future of the planet we all share. This discussion brings together active stakeholders enabling and building climate-smart fintech solutions to better understand the role fintech plays in the climate sustainability discussion and how fintechs can build applications that have a meaningful impact on the future of our climate.

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What’s next for African Fintech?

Posted in DC 2023

It has been said that while fintech is disruptive in the west, however, it is eruptive and creative in Africa; erupting the traditional financial services industry and creating previously non-existent products and services. As Africa has become one of the world’s most dynamic fintech markets, the continent is poised to bring forth several fintech unicorns and set the pace for global financial innovation. Despite this, many questions remain unanswered about the work that remains to be seen across the continent. How is financial inclusion being achieved particularly at the ‘last-mile’? What new products and services are making waves and changing the way we do business and live? What challenges lie ahead for industry operators? The panel brings fintech luminaries and subject matter experts to share their insight behind the future of our industry and the work that needs to be done in the coming years.

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Blockchain’s World Changing Use Cases in Africa

Posted in DC 2023

Africa has become a bastion of innovation for blockchain technology and most notably, cryptocurrency. Inflation protection, international transfers, peer-to-peer payments, investment, and land ownership are only a few areas where blockchain technology is being implemented across Africa. Despite cryptocurrency’s recent price fluctuation, what is its future in Africa? In light of recent exchange failures, what regulation is needed to balance adoption with consumer and investor protection? Where are new applications being born? This panel discussion will answer all of these questions and more with insights from some of the biggest blockchain and cryptocurrency changemakers on the African continent.

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Payment Innovation from Now to Tomorrow

Posted in Cape Town 2022

The past few years, we have witnessed massive acceleration in payment innovation as companies evolved with the growing consumer preference for contactless and safe forms of payment prompted by the pandemic. These innovations span across much of the fintech sector with updates made to hardware solutions and modes of transaction as well as accelerating changes toward faster/instant, contactless, biometric, cross-border, and peer-to-peer (P2P) payments. Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL), Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, and Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) have also been some sub-sectors of the fintech industry to witness incredible changes and impact upon the lives of African consumers. This panel brings thought leaders and entrepreneurs who are actively on the ground working to resolve payment pain points across Africa to discuss what the future holds for Africa’s vibrant payments industry.

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South Africa’s Fintech Regulatory Ecosystem – Now and The Future

Posted in Cape Town 2022

With the advent of digital financial services and innovations in fintech, many countries have become more effective in structuring their regulation to create conducive frameworks for fintech innovation growth. In this respect, South Africa is undertaking several initiatives in this regard that will strengthen the ecosystem – including CBDC, RPP, PIB – mostly anchored around SARB’s Vision 2025. This panel brings together experts from the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), the Financial Services Conduct Authority (FSCA) and the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (FSWG) to discuss the South African regulatory landscape and where the regulatory space surrounding fintech is headed in the future to enable fintech innovation and drive global competitiveness and accelerate financial inclusion

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The South African Payment Ecosystem RPP & PIB

Posted in Cape Town 2022

The Financial Industry across the globe is responding to the regulatory as well as consumer requests for instant, interoperable, and convenient payment services. As a result, industry is driving the charge for rapid/faster payments and interoperable systems. This panel brings together the South African Payments Association and the industry experts & decision makers together to dive into the specifics behind South Africa’s payment landscape, the journey and impact behind the Rapid Payments Programme (RPP), and how the Payments Industry Body (PIB) is working with the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) toward a mission of all-inclusive payments innovation.

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