|20 August, 2019

Kuwait Financial House- Bahrain launching its open banking infrastructure

The Kingdom is one of the earliest global adopters of mandatory open banking, putting it at the vanguard of customer-driven change in financial services

Khalid Rafea

Khalid Rafea

Manama, Bahrain:Kuwait Finance House - Bahrain (KFH-Bahrain), a leading Islamic bank in the Kingdom of Bahrain, has recently announced going live with its advanced Open Banking infrastructure, which will allow it to partner with innovative fintech’s from around the world to deliver a wide array of services in line with their customer demands.

The preparation for Open Banking comes in support of the long-term vision of the Central Bank of Bahrain, as well as KFH–Bahrain’s strategy and commitment to further drive and support innovation in the FinTech industry, by investing in systems that further enhance customer experience with more efficiency and transparency. The Kingdom is one of the earliest global adopters of mandatory open banking, putting it at the vanguard of customer-driven change in financial services. It is this kind of pioneering and flexible innovation that has earned Bahrain a reputation as the region’s leading testbed for next-generation technologies.

Mr. Khalid Rafea, Executive Manager and Head of Retail Banking Group at KFH-Bahrain, said “Open banking will allow our customers to enjoy a wide range of innovative digital solutions and services, including enabling a consolidated view of all their bank accounts through a single platform, which will allow for greater collaboration and integration amongst banks, financial institutions and payment service providers in the Kingdom of Bahrain.”

“Open Banking will create more opportunities for commercial collaborations and strategic partnerships. This development is a valuable addition to the existing range of exceptional services and solutions that are offered to our customers today which we aim to continue to develop to remain at the forefront of this transformation”, he added.

Mr. Mohammed Fahmi Hamad, Executive Manager & Head of Information Technology at KFH-Bahrain commented: “Open Banking, in combination with the recently announced Personal Data Protection Laws in Bahrain will allow Bank account holders to consent to sharing details of their accounts and payments history, to licensed third party providers in order to leverage new technologies like Data Analytics and Artificial learning to make more aware financial decisions. In addition to that, customers will soon be able to link their accounts to independent licensed applications offering a large range of services and solutions. “From our end, we remain excited and committed to support these developments to ensure KFH customers receive the best service”.

In line with KFH’s record, being among the first banks to integrate a FinTech through the launch of its “KFH Jazeel Banking” platform, “we are today proud to partner with Tarabut Gateway WLL, a subsidiary of Almoayed Technologies, to continue that journey supporting local FinTechs and to ensure that we continue delivering innovative best in class solutions to our customers in Bahrain”, Mr. Hamad concluded.

From his end, added Mr. Abdulla Almoayed, CEO of Almoayed Technologies “The Open Banking regulation introduced by the Central Bank of Bahrain will with no doubt position Bahrain as the most advanced Financial Services sector in the region and we are honored to partner with KFH to support this initiative deliver best in class services to the people of Bahrain.”

About Kuwait Finance House, Bahrain

Kuwait Finance House-Bahrain provides Islamic commercial and investment banking services. Established in 2002 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Kuwait Finance House-Kuwait; which was established on 1977;  KFH-Bahrain specializes in developing and bringing to market the highest quality Islamic compliant banking and investment products, all of which are delivered by a staff of experienced and dedicated professionals with a deep understanding of the market and the clients we serve.

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