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FinTech in MENA: How to build an ecosystem that promotes innovation and regulation (Stefanie H. Ali, Atlantic Council)

The Atlantic Council’s empowerME Initiative in partnership with ABANA is convening a virtual event series to shed light on the changing financial technology (FinTech) landscape in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, identify challenges and opportunities, and explore policy recommendations.

The first webinar in the series held on October 26 focused on financial regulation and reform and was moderated by Atlantic Council Nonresident Senior Fellow and Oliver Wyman Senior Partner, Dominik Treeck, and featured DIFC FinTech Hive Executive, Vice President Raja Al Mazrouei, Central Bank of Bahrain Fintech & Innovation Unit Director, Yasmeen Al Sharaf, and Qatar Financial Centre Senior Advisor, Thaddeus Charles Malesa.

FinTech in MENA: How to build an ecosystem that promotes innovation and regulation – Atlantic Council

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MENA Region Water

Four facets of water in MENA’s conflict and forced displacement crisis (Edoardo Borgomeo, Anders Jagerskog, Carmen Nonay, World Bank blogs)

Water splashing hands. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Water splashing hands. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When he first arrived in Jordan, Abd was shocked by the lack of water. He fled Syria in 2013 after the destruction of his house and out of fear for his children’s lives. But since arriving in Jordan, he has grown accustomed to conserving water and using less of it. “Water shortages are a constant risk,” he said, “and with the COVID-19 pandemic, I have had to buy additional water from tankers at great cost for my family.”

Four facets of water in MENA’s conflict and forced displacement crisis (worldbank.org)