Fintech Galaxy receives license from Central Bank of Bahrain

Ellie Duncan
04 Nov 2022

Fintech Galaxy has become the first central bank-regulated Open Finance platform in the MENA region, after being granted a license by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB).

It will now operate as a regulated third party provider (TPP), in compliance with the Bahraini Open Banking Standards and in alignment with the European Union’s PSD2 regulations and UK “best practices”.

Having received an account information services provider (AISP) license, Fintech Galaxy will be able to integrate its Open Finance API platform, FINX, into multiple bank APIs through a “unified interface”.

Fintech Galaxy said that this gives FINX scope to develop Open Banking and Open Finance-powered use cases for SMEs, merchants, large corporates and government bodies, in areas such as retail banking, lending, financial management, treasury management, accounting, ERP, investments, and streamlined payments.

Mirna Sleiman, CEO and founder of Fintech Galaxy, which now operates in four markets across MENA, said: “By getting the FINX platform licensed as a TPP in Bahrain, our vision as a regulated Open Finance platform is moving the needle on financial inclusion.

“It is a critical step for us in our relentless effort to drive innovation and open up the financial sector across the region.”

The Open Finance market is forecast to grow by more than seven-fold to reach $11.74 billion by 2027, according to Sleiman.

This week, Saudi Central Bank issued an Open Banking Framework for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which includes a “comprehensive” set of legislation, regulatory guidelines and technical standards.