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Bahrain attracts $72.7m worth of investment in financial services

Bahrain attracts $72.7m worth of investment in financial services

The financial services investments are expected to generate over 840 jobs over the next three years

Divsha Bhat
Bahrain

The Bahrain Economic Development Board (Bahrain EDB), supported by Team Bahrain has attracted $72.7m (BHD27.5m) in direct investments during the first three quarters of 2022 through nine financial services companies either setting up in or expanding their business within the kingdom.

The financial services investments are expected to generate over 840 jobs over the next three years.

Financial services companies attracted by Bahrain EDB include the global blockchain services provider Binance, locally grown open banking company Spier Technologies, and new regional headquarters for Gulf Insurance Group (GIG).

Dalal Buhejji, executive director – Business Development for Financial Services at Bahrain EDB, said: “We are delighted to see more and more investors entering Bahrain’s financial services sector, benefitting from a strong and agile ecosystem led by a forward-thinking regulatory body. Financial services is a priority sector for us to grow investments and create jobs, in line with the objectives set out in Bahrain’s Economic Recovery Plan.”

Overall, Bahrain EDB attracted $921m (BHD348m) in direct investment from 66 companies during the first nine months of the year. The investments are expected to generate over 4,700 jobs over the next three years in key sectors, including financial services, ICT, logistics, manufacturing and tourism.

The kingdom’s financial services sector is the most significant contributor to its GDP after oil and is the oldest and most established in the region. Today the sector accounts for over 17 per cent of its GDP and employs over 13,600, with Bahrainis representing almost 70 per cent.

Through the Economic Recovery Plan, Bahrain aims to grow the financial services sector’s contribution to GDP to 20 per cent by 2026.

The financial services sector development strategy focuses on five main priorities: creating job opportunities, developing capital markets, strengthening legislation and regulatory policies, growing the insurance sector and developing financial services and fintech.

Read: Bahrain receives direct investments worth $98m in the ICT sector

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