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 HSBC Egypt has announced the launch of a new fund valued at EGP 1.5 billion (approximately $31.5 million) to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the fintech sector. This initiative is part of HSBC’s broader strategy to foster technological innovation and economic growth in Egypt.

The fund, expected to be operational by the third quarter of this year, will be managed by EFG Holding. This move has garnered the support of several financial institutions, including the Suez Canal Bank, and has received approval from the Central Bank of Egypt (CBE).

The CBE’s approval highlights the regulatory body’s confidence in the potential of this fund to drive economic development and innovation in the financial sector. HSBC Egypt aims to leverage fintech advancements to enhance financial inclusion and streamline banking processes, providing a boost to the Egyptian economy.

Supporting SMEs through this fund is expected to have a significant impact on the economy. SMEs play a vital role in the Egyptian market, and this financial backing will enable these enterprises to innovate and expand, contributing to the nation’s GDP.

The focus on fintech is particularly timely, given the global rise in digital banking and payment solutions. This fund positions Egypt as a hub for fintech innovation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, potentially attracting both local and international investors.

Looking ahead, HSBC Egypt plans to explore additional collaborations and funding opportunities to sustain the momentum created by this initiative, ensuring continued growth and innovation in the fintech sector.

HSBC Egypt’s $31.5 million fund represents a significant step forward for the country’s fintech industry. With strong support from financial institutions and regulatory bodies, this initiative is set to foster innovation and economic prosperity. The Egyptian fintech sector anticipates a new era of growth and opportunity with the upcoming launch of the fund in Q3.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

11th June, 2024

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