Tarabut Gateway partners with KSA’s micro-lender Tamam
Tarabut Gateway, a regulated open banking platform in MENA, has partnered with Tamam to make micro-loans more widely and easily accessible, resulting in more favourable loan arrangements for both fintechs and customers. It is also advancing KSA’s fintech ecosystem. Announced at LEAP 2023, under this latest fintech partnership, Tarabut Gateway will provide Tamam with Account Information Services (AIS) through its TG Connect product which will give access to real-time financial data with user consent.
Tamam is a Shariah-compliant micro-lending service provider based in Saudi Arabia and a subsidiary of Zain. Tarabut Gateway's open banking platform serves as the infrastructure that enables banks and fintechs to connect and collaborate. Its product enhances the ability of micro-lending fintechs such as Tamam to better serve their end-users, by addressing the limited access to third-party banking data and ultimately improving customers' financial well-being.
Tarabut Gateway’s role in spearheading open banking-led collaboration across infrastructure and micro-lending players is in line with the Open Banking Program initiated by SAMA to bolster the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. It follows SAMA’s recent award of Regulatory Sandbox Approval to Tarabut Gateway to test open banking products and services in KSA.
Abdulla Almoayed, Chief Executive Officer of Tarabut Gateway, said, “We’re thrilled to welcome Tamam as a new fintech partner to Tarabut Gateway’s growing network in the KSA. This partnership comes at a great time as it aligns with Vision 2030 and will drive growth in consumer micro-lending as the Kingdom moves towards a digital economy. Our open banking platform and infrastructure acts as a catalyst for the fintech ecosystem in the KSA. This benefits everyone from banks to merchants, businesses, and consumers, fostering innovation and growth."
Tarabut Gateway will further power Tamam’s service offerings with tools to analyse customer data. By being able to verify the incomes of loan applicants automatically and rapidly, the need for manual processing is reduced. The effect is more time for management, and lower costs. Lower costs will allow Tamam to approve more loans, and offer users more attractive credit rates.
The MENA region has embarked on an exciting journey, with many countries, including the Kingdom, legislating open banking regulations, developing digital economies, and leading on open, next generation financial services. The journey will bring new competitive products, enhanced user experiences, improved financial wellbeing, and a collaborative ecosystem – with Tarabut Gateway at the centre.