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Saudi Arabia Aims For 70% Cashless Transactions By 2025

The number of fintech firms in the MENA region skyrocketed from just 10 in 2018 to a substantial 147 in 2022.



saudi arabia aims for 70% cashless transactions by 2025

In the MENA region, fintech investments surged from $200 million in 2020 to around $704 million in 2023.

Saudi Arabia, driven by its ambitious Vision 2030 blueprint and a youthful population, has seen remarkable fintech growth. So much so that the Kingdom is now aiming for 70% of domestic payments to be digital by 2025, according to Philip Drury of CitiGroup.

Drury, speaking at the 3rd Saudi Capital Market Forum, noted the rise of operational fintech firms from 10 in 2018 to 147 in 2022 and emphasized the need for businesses to adapt swiftly to regulatory advancements, pointing to the 30 digital and 3 digital banking licenses issued as clear evidence of sector growth.

The CitiGroup executive also highlighted opportunities for expanded market reach and inclusivity, stressing collaboration between traditional banks and fintech for mutual success.

Also Read: A Guide To Digital Payment Methods In The Middle East

The Saudi Capital Market Forum, under Finance Minister Mohammed Al Jadaan’s patronage, focused on “Powering Growth” and hosted over 54 speakers and 69 sponsors.

Nayef Al Athel, from Saudi Tadawul Group Holding Company, highlighted the event’s commitment to promoting market diversification. The forum also saw the introduction of Single Stock Options contracts on the Saudi National Bank, further developing the Kingdom’s financial markets.


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Lebanese Newspaper Builds AI President To Beat Political Crisis

The move by media outlet AnNahar comes after 13 failed attempts by the Lebanese parliament to elect a new leader.



lebanese newspaper builds ai president to beat political crisis

In a world first, Lebanon’s AnNahar Newspaper has built an artificial intelligence model designed to carry out presidential duties for the politically troubled country. Lebanon has been without a sitting president for two years after thirteen failed attempts by the nation’s parliament to elect a suitable candidate.

The new AI President’s deep learning algorithm was fed over 90 years of impartial journalism from AnNahar’s archive stretching back to the 1930s. The AI leader analyzes not only historical data but also current events and is able to formulate solutions for all manner of political, legal, and governmental questions. By tapping into such a vast knowledge base, Lebanon’s AI President will have a deep understanding of the country’s past, as well as an unbiased take on the challenges the nation faces going forward.

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The new AI President was unveiled in a recent live broadcast. Nayla Tueni, editor-in-chief of AnNahar Newspaper conducted an interview with the digital leader, asking relevant questions about the current state of Lebanon, and how to fix the country’s difficult political situation. AnNahar has also converted its print newspaper to focus entirely on the new president’s guidance on issues spanning everything from the economy to sustainability and the environment.

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After the interview, Nayla Tueni commented: “As Lebanese people, and especially at AnNahar, we refuse to sit back and allow things to go on as they have. To not have a president for this long is unacceptable and has impacted the country negatively. If the parliament will not do its job to elect a president, then the people will bring to Lebanon a president”.

The AI President will soon be accessible to everyone at, Users will be able to ask questions in a similar manner to the likes of ChatGPT and Google Gemini. It is also understood that government officials will also use the tool to help devise new directives.

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