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PayExpo MENA 2016

According to leading industry research, electronic-payment transactions in the MENA region will register $69 billion by 2020, making it one of the fastest growing and most competitive markets for smart payments technology.

In light of this, more than 1,000 senior decision makers from banks, retailers, leisure, transport, public sector organisations, gaming, telecoms and solutions suppliers will gather for PayExpo MENA at the Intercontinental Festival City Dubai on 5-7 December 2016 to discover the latest ideas, trends and developments in the payments industry.

The eventwill set the 2017 global agenda for payments and highlight innovations in the region. Conference topics will include payments for empowerment, the latest on the relationship between blockchain and banking, the global FinTech scene, cashless payments, the future of payments and security, authentication and biometrics.

Highlights among these, the sessions on enhancing and encouraging the global FinTech and ecommerce scene will give delegates the opportunity to learn about the mistakes to avoid in providing a platform to support development in the growing world of ecommerce.

As threats are increasing, the security, authentication and biometrics stream will advise on avoiding fraud and ensuring systems are secure through the use of biometrics and maintaining security levels on all POS devices whether that be online, mobile or in-store. 

With financial services changing at different rates around the world, the revolutionizing mobile financial services and banking around the world strand will spotlight regional developments. For example, the Banco Central del Ecuador will reveal their path to full financial inclusion, while the Pan-African panel debate will discuss how traditional financial institutions are serving the needs of the banked, un-banked and under-banked.

Notable speakers sharing their expertise from across the globe include David Birman of the Bank of Georgia, who will highlight regional strategy to digitally mobilise the unbanked population in a fast urbanising market as part of the payments for empowerment agenda.

With Iranian sanctions being lifted and thus exposure to international markets, Usman Qureshi from Bank Pasargad, will explore the role of established banks in payments innovation through his speaker session Building or Blocked: Are traditional banks going to help or hinder the sector? Also forming part of the Blockchain and banking programme,Jon Matonis from the Bitcoin Foundation, will examine digital currency, a particularly controversial topic in the Middle East, via his discussionIs Cryptocurrency the key to a cashless future and will it be the dominant payment channel for Generation Y?

Other speakers set to share their expertise from across the globe include representatives from banks based in Oman, Kenya, Tanzania, Mexico, Turkey and Nigeria, while expert practitioners from organisations including Uber, Blackberry, Accenture, LEGO and the Russian Electronic Money Federation will deliver invaluable knowledge and experience.

Sammy Tuffaha, of event partner Etisalat, commented:

 “These are exciting times for the payment industry. The next ten years will reinvent the way we live by changing the way we pay for things.  As we experience the latest innovations that are setting the tone for 2017 payments evolution in the MENA region, we must appreciate the vision and efforts that we see in the area.  For example, UAE’s goal to become a predominantly cashless society and the increasing penetration of touch-less payments are some of the many benchmarks that need to be reinforced and supported. However, such initiatives will require serious coordination among all industry players and relative entities. Specialized events like PayExpo will help bridge the gap between the various initiatives in the region and instigate the needed synchronization for mass adaptation.’’

The industry must strive towards digital payments enablement via the implementation of FinTech solutions and in conjunction of advanced technology concepts like blockchain and biometrics. This will rapidly lead to cultural transformation of cashless payments and simpler consumer journey across all aspects of the daily life”.

Michael Seaman, event director of PayExpo MENA, said:

“This world class conference will unite the payments industry under one roof for two packed days of valuable insights and experiences.”

A full two-day conference pass is $999+ VAT for those who book before 4 November and $1,299+VAT for those that book on or after 5 November. Full details are available at:

Complimentary passes are available for those involved with specifying payments solutions at:Retail Banks; Investors and Venture Capitalists, Merchants; Mobile Network Operators, Gaming Executives, Transport Operators, Hotel and Leisure Executives, Start-ups and Non-Government Authorities.

Registration is now open at:


For further information, please contact:

Jordan Roozpeikar or Emma Ward, PayExpo MENA Press Office

T: (UK) + 44 20 7736 4022

E:[email protected]; [email protected]

About PayExpo MENA:

Delegates will be able to try out and learn about the latest product technologies from around the world at a comprehensive exhibition featuring market leading companies such as Telepin Software, eServe Global, Etisalat, Neopay, Novatti, Onpex, Panamax and Vendorcom.

Other features of the event include the Payments Dragons’ Den, the Payments Accelerator for FinTech start-ups, the new CEO & VIPLounge, the PayExpo MENA Payments Power 10 and the PayExpo MENA Global Awards.

With Europe a popular market for payments and e-money institutions looking to expand internationally, an interactive workshop held on 5 December and sponsored by Neopay, will provide a step by step guide on the complex regulatory payments process in obtaining a licence and avoiding unnecessary pitfalls.

PayExpo MENA 2016, has been independently accredited by The CPD Standards Office, as a formal CPD conference so that every seminar, workshop or talk is relevant and applicable for professional CPD records.

Delegates who attend PayExpo MENA 2016 can request a CPD Certificate of Attendance and record their time towards their formal CPD requirements for their professional body, institute or employer.

Telepin Software is the Gold Sponsor, NXP Semiconductors are the Headline Sponsor for the Transport Ticketing Stream and Neopay is the Pre-Event Workshop Sponsor. Etisalat, FemTech Leaders, GSMA, International Finance Corporation, MarkaVP, MicroSave, Polymath Consulting, Prepaid International Forum and Vendorcom are Event Partners. Bandwidth Recruitment are Recruitment Partners.

About the Payments Portfolio:

Clarion organises a global series of conferences and exhibitions in the Cards and Payments industry to enable banks, retailers, transport operators and payment processors to keep up with the rapidly changing trends in consumer spending behaviours and payment solutions. The Portfolio consists of PayExpo and The Transport Ticketing World Series.

For further information and upcoming event dates visit:

About Clarion Events:

Founded in 1947, Clarion Events is one of the oldest independent event organisers in the UK. More recently the firm has developed an international portfolio of brands and now has interests in a multiple industry verticals and delivers more than 200 events each year globally.

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