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Infographic: The Adoption Of Digital Payments In Saudi Arabia As part of Vision 2030, the Saudi government has set a target of achieving 70% cashless payments by 2030.

By Lucidity Insights Staff

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As part of Vision 2030, the Saudi government has set a target of achieving 70% cashless payments by 2030. The Kingdom has done so well on working towards this target, that some claim they are aiming to achieve this target by 2025.

This means that the government wants 70% of all transactions to be conducted digitally, without the exchange of physical cash. In 2021, Saudi Payments collaborated with IBM and Mastercard to launch instant payments system "Sarie" leading to adoption of faster payments, in line with Vision 2030's cashless aims.

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According to the Saudi Fintech National Adoption Survey, 74% of individuals have used at least one fintech solution, the majority being under the age of forty. 91% of individuals are aware of e-payments, and two-thirds (69%) regularly use these solutions.

The Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP) also set a target for the share of electronic payments in retail to be 55% of total transactions, which was surpassed in 2021 when digital payments reached 57%.

Learn more about the KSA startup ecosystem by checking out the report, The Evolution of Saudi Arabia's Startup Ecosystem 2010-2022.

This article was originally published on Lucidity Insights, a partner of Entrepreneur Middle East in developing special reports on the Middle East and Africa's tech and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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