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Gulf banking consolidation 'long overdue'

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22-Apr-19 The wave of M&A in GCC financial services is needed to raise efficiencies and build the scale required to increase investments in financial technology, as payment solutions are increasingly enabled by fintech, according to Rishi Kapoor, co-CEO of Investcorp. [image: ADCB / Handout via Thomson Reuters Zawya]

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Lazada, Mastercard to empower Southeast Asian e-commerce

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25-Mar-19 Online shopping platform Lazada and Mastercard announced a five-year partnership to develop Southeast Asia's e-commerce ecosystem. The duo will develop marketing and education campaigns to increase consumer confidence, as well as reward schemes to incentivise use of digital payments. [image: Mastercard Newsroom]

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Alipay, Barclaycard help UK retailers reach Chinese tourists

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14-Mar-19 Alipay and Barclaycard - which processes half the UK's card transactions - have collaborated to allow UK retailers to accept Alipay. 483,000 Chinese tourists will spend USD1.33 bn in 2019. The UK also has about 493,000 Chinese residents and students. [image: Alizila]

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