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Tanzania’s microinsurers are benefitting from strong growth – often in collaboration with mobile companies – with recent pro-consumer reforms expected to support further take-up and expand insurance penetration.

Dubai is set to launch the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region’s first fintech accelerator, as efforts to update the legal framework for crowdfunding activities in the financial sector also make headway.

Corporate and sovereign offerings of both conventional and Islamic bonds are expected to maintain their momentum in Sharjah after a strong showing last year.

Paperless transactions are gaining ground in Papua New Guinea thanks to the promise of new central bank regulations and the arrival of a satellite internet services provider.

Foreign banks may be granted greater access to Myanmar’s domestic financial market as a way of servicing local demand for trade financing.


The Egyptian insurance industry, one of the oldest in the region, has shown a welcome degree of resilience in recent years. Despite its long history, however, the market remains at a relatively nascent stage of growth compared to those in advanced economies, characterised by a low penetration rate and modest insurance density. While this means...