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National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) has reaffirmed its commitment to the kingdom’s financial services sector by becoming a ‘Platinum Sponsor’ for Fintech Forward 2023 (FF23), taking place at Exhibition World Bahrain.

Under the patronage of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) and with strategic support from the Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain EDB) and Bahrain Fintech Bay (BFB), FF23 is a three-day event that delves into fintech opportunities, challenges, and emerging technologies.

As the first locally-grown bank in Bahrain, NBB is emblematic of the innovation required to harness emerging fintech technologies. Through this platinum sponsorship, the bank aims to contribute to fostering innovation and sustainable growth in the kingdom’s financial sector.

Usman Ahmed, NBB Group chief executive, emphasized the pivotal role of financial technologies in driving digital innovation within the sector. He stated, “We are pleased to be taking part as ‘Platinum Sponsors’ in Fintech Forward 2023, which demonstrates our commitment to supporting initiatives that further elevate the digital ecosystem of our industry and cement the kingdom’s position as a leading financial hub.”

Bahrain has proven itself as a pioneer in financial services due to its forward-looking government and its rapid response to industry needs amid the rise of fintech and digital banking. FF23 brings together a wide spectrum of financial institutions, fintech companies, investors, and thought leaders, solidifying Bahrain as a fintech hub on both regional and global scales.

The event is set to facilitate knowledge exchange, idea generation, and investment opportunities, with a focus on innovation, regulation, and investment across the fintech landscape.