Sunday 16 June 2024

The MoU being signed

Ant International to expand business in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, May 13, 2024

The Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ant International, allowing the company to expand business in the kingdom.
Ant International’s President, Douglas Feagin, met Eng Saleh Khabti, Deputy Minister of Investment of Saudi Arabia during a signing ceremony held in Riyadh, to welcome the new partnership and sign an agreement outlining shared goals for technological innovation and economic growth opportunities in Saudi Arabia.
Through this partnership, MISA welcomes and supports Ant International’s expansion plan to establish an entity in Saudi Arabia, enabling assistance when acquiring licences and certificates to expand and enhance its service offerings.
Key gateway
Ant International will use Saudi Arabia as a key gateway into the Middle East to further expand the reach of its payment and financial services. Local merchants of all sizes will benefit from riding the wave of digitalisation to achieve further growth.
Khabti said: “We have worked closely with Ant International on its expansion into the kingdom which will not only benefit thousands of merchants across the country but potentially hundreds of thousands of businesses right across the Middle East. We are seeing tremendous growth in digital payments in Saudi Arabia and we expect this trend to continue with Ant International’s expansion which will further boost the financial services sector in the kingdom.”
Feagin said: “We see an enormous opportunity for expansion in the Middle East and in particular Saudi Arabia, which has been supportive of technological innovations and digitalisation, empowering its businesses to thrive.”
“Through our agreement with MISA, Ant International enters an exciting new chapter of opportunity within Saudi Arabia. We’re will build upon our progress in the Middle East to support merchants’ access to our world class payment solutions and inclusive financial services, providing Saudi businesses with various tools to grow and benefit from international travel and trade.”
Ant International’s strategy comprises four services for global merchants: (i) Alipay+ cross-border mobile payment and digitalisation technology solutions, (ii) Antom merchant payment services, (iii) WorldFirst digital payment and financial services for cross-border trade, and (iv) ANEXT Bank, a digital wholesale bank regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and other embedded financial services.--TradeArabia News Service


More Finance & Capital Market Stories

calendarCalendar of Events