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UK-Mauritius FinTech Conference 2017: Positioning Mauritius as the fintech hub of Africa

The Board of Investment collaborated with the British High Commission and the Financial Services Promotion Agency to organise a half-day Fintech conference on 25th of January at the Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène. The event brought together around 90 CEOs who share a common interest in Fintech.

In her keynote address at the conference, Her Excellency, Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, welcomed this initiative of the British High Commission, to position the country at the forefront of the financial technology revolution.

The main guest speaker was Mrs Nicole Anderson, a founding member of FINTECH Circle Angel Network, the largest network of independent investors in FinTech in Europe. She has served as advisor to Microsoft Ventures London and has been a judge for SWIFT Innotribe, The European and African FinTech awards and BNP Paribas Global Hackathon.

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The event aimed at assisting the development of the Mauritian International Financial Centre by leveraging the UK experience of driving economic growth by becoming a FinTech hub. The focus of the panel discussions was to position Mauritius as a potential FinTech hub for the African region. Regulations and Compliance were also discussed.

The Managing Director of the Board of Investment, Mr. Ken Poonoosamy, was a panellist for the theme ‘Mauritius as a Fintech hub for Africa’, where he discussed the rise of Fintech in Mauritius and the actions that are being taken to attract investments in this emerging sector.

Panel discussions, led by both Nicole Anderson and Vidia Mooneegan, Senior Vice President and CEO, Ceridian HCM Mauritius, highlighted some of the key developments and important issues pertaining to FinTech regulation and compliance in Mauritius as well as the potential for Mauritius to be the FinTech hub for Africa. 

 

26 January 2017