The Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia MISA Signs MoU with Ant International to Expand Business


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia:

    • The Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ant International to welcome and facilitate its business expansion in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    • The agreement paves the way for Ant International to establish a new entity in Saudi Arabia, to better work with local partners and serve local customers with its full suite of innovative technologies and products.

The Ministry of Investment of Saudi Arabia (MISA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ant International, to facilitate the business expansion into the Kingdom.

(Photo: Business Wire)

(Photo: Business Wire)

Ant International’s President, Douglas Feagin, met with Mr. Eng Saleh Khabti, Deputy Minister of Investment of Saudi Arabia during a signing ceremony held in Riyadh, to welcome the new partnership and sign an agreement outlining shared goals for technological innovation and economic growth opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

Through this partnership, MISA welcomes and supports Ant International’s expansion plan to establish an entity in Saudi Arabia, enabling assistance when acquiring licences and certificates to expand and enhance its service offerings.

Ant International will use Saudi Arabia as a key gateway into the Middle East to further expand the reach of its payment and financial services. Local merchants of all sizes will benefit from riding the wave of digitalization to achieve further growth.

Mr. Eng Saleh Khabti, Deputy Minister for Investment at MISA said “we have worked closely with Ant International on its expansion into the Kingdom which will not only benefit thousands of merchants across the country but potentially hundreds of thousands of businesses right across the Middle East. We are seeing tremendous growth in digital payments in Saudi Arabia and we expect this trend to continue with Ant International’s expansion which will further boost the financial services sector in the Kingdom.”

Douglas Feagin, President of Ant International, said “we see an enormous opportunity for expansion in the Middle East and in particular Saudi Arabia, which has been supportive of technological innovations and digitalization, empowering its businesses to thrive.”

“Through our agreement with MISA, Ant International enters an exciting new chapter of opportunity within Saudi Arabia. We’re delighted to build upon our progress in the Middle East to support merchants’ access to our world class payment solutions and inclusive financial services, providing Saudi businesses with various tools to grow and benefit from international travel and trade.”

Ant International’s strategy is comprised of four services for global merchants: (i) Alipay+ cross-border mobile payment and digitalization technology solutions, (ii) Antom merchant payment services, (iii) WorldFirst digital payment and financial services for cross-border trade, and (iv) ANEXT Bank, a digital wholesale bank regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and other embedded financial services.