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AFTS 2023 Gathers Global Fintech Leaders in Lusaka to Drive African Financial Innovation

The 10th annual Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS) is gearing up to take place from November 2nd to 3rd, 2023, at the Ciela Resort in Lusaka, Zambia. 

As the continent’s most prominent fintech gathering, this year’s summit promises to be the most significant and impactful yet, drawing together industry leaders, innovators, investors, and policymakers to shape the future of financial technology across Africa.

With the fintech landscape in Africa evolving at an unprecedented pace, AFTS 2023 is expected to surpass all expectations. The summit’s theme, “Fintech in Every Industry,” spotlights fintech applications and innovations, emphasizing how financial technology can enhance efficiency, profitability, and transparency in both the public and private sectors.

AFTS 2023 has curated an exciting lineup of activities aimed at inspiring new conversations, fostering collaboration for increased growth, and charting a path for fintech innovation on the continent.

One of the key elements of the summit is the thought-provoking panel discussions. These discussions provide a deep dive into fintech innovation, with top experts and industry leaders sharing insights on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in African fintech. Topics will span a wide range, including blockchain, digital payments, financial inclusion, and more.

For instance, the “Zambia in Focus: Fintech and Digital Transformation” panel will bring together policymakers, industry experts, and private sector players to discuss Zambia’s journey toward creating an inclusive digital economy.

This is particularly relevant after a 2022 report revealed that 47% of Zambians aren’t digitally included. The discussion will shed light on the strategies, policies, and initiatives Zambia is employing to achieve its digital transformation goals and the role fintech could play in this transformation.

Another panel, “Investing in Fintech Amidst a Global Investment Slowdown,” will bring together technology investors to gain a better understanding of what’s happening in Africa’s fintech investment landscape amid a global slowdown in venture capital investment.

Additionally, the panel “Securing Payments & Banking Against Fraud & Money Laundering with Technology & Regulation” will address the critical issue of financial fraud and how digital Payment Service Providers are managing risks and complying with regulatory directives.

The ripple effect of these panel discussions can extend far beyond the event itself. The Africa Fintech Summit has previously facilitated over $100 million in investment, showcasing the tangible impact of these conversations.

Furthermore, AFTS Lusaka 2023 offers multiple networking opportunities. From exclusive VIP dinners to casual coffee breaks, attendees will have the chance to connect with a broad and diverse list of stakeholders, including government officials, industry leaders, investors, and fintech professionals.

In addition to discussions and networking, the summit will provide attendees with opportunities to immerse themselves in Africa’s fintech ecosystem. A guided tour of the Zambian fintech landscape and the 6th AlphaExpo Micro-Accelerator and Pitch Competition will showcase local innovations and early-stage startups, offering them a platform to pitch their ideas and meet potential investors, partners, and customers.

Africa Fintech Summit Lusaka 2023 is more than just an event; it’s a deep dive into innovation on the continent. With thought-provoking discussions, exclusive networking opportunities, and a spotlight on the vibrant Zambian fintech ecosystem, this summit promises to shape the future of fintech in Africa.

This information is contained in a statement issued by Charles Isidi, Head of Marketing and Communications, Africa Fintech Summit.

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