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Asian Development Bank Launches ADB Ventures to Support Initiatives for Achieving UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has launched the ADB Ventures platform in order to channel investments and extend support to Asian firms that are creating platforms for achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ADB’s investment fund is taking contributions from several different partners… Read More

Popular Crypto Exchange Zebpay Set to Relaunch in India After Shutting Down Due to Regulatory Pressure

Nearly 16 months after winding down its business operations in India, digital asset exchange Zebpay is reportedly set to resume offering services in the country. Zebpay was one of the most popular crypto exchanges in India. However, it had to shut down because of a… Read More

UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention Teams Up with Other Local Agencies to Launch Blockchain Platform for Managing Healthcare Records

The United Arab Emirates’s (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has teamed up with the nation’s Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Dubai Healthcare City and several other local government agencies in order to launch a blockchain-enabled health data storage platform. The Emirates News Agency reported… Read More

Myanmar’s Digital Commerce Platform Get to Acquire Fintech Daung Capital

Myanmar’s online commerce platform Get is set to acquire Fintech Daung Capital, which focuses on offering a digital platform for education finance, cash advance distribution, and a rent-to-own option for personal and commercial automobiles. The transaction reportedly includes all of Daung’s assets, which comprise all… Read More

Public Sector Lender, Bank of Maharashtra, Tops List of Indian Banks for Most Digital Transactions in December 2019

Bank of Maharashtra (BoM), a small public sector Indian bank and lender, reportedly topped the list of all the country’s banking institutions for digital transactions performed in December of last year. This, according to India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity). Meity data shows… Read More

Online Lenders Twino and Via SMS Partner to Enter Asia Pacific Market

Twino and Via SMS, two Latvia based online lending platforms, are joining forces to enter the Asia-Pacific market, according to a release. The two companies are launching a consumer lending platform names Vamo in Vietnam as their first step in the new venture. The two… Read More

Mindful Wealth Moves to Singapore to Benefit from New Variable Capital Companies Framework

Asset management firm Mindful Wealth has re-domiciled in Singapore to benefit from the new “Variable Capital Companies” (VCC) framework. Mindful Wealth currently claims over $600 million in assets under management (AUM). The company originally started in Switzerland providing wealth management and other corporate services. Mindful… Read More

India: Federal Bank Opens First “Digital Branch”

Federal Bank, a private bank with a branch network of 1,251 branches and about 2000 ATMs, has issued a release that it has opened its first “digital branch” called “Fed-e-Studio .” This digital branch was announced at an event last week at Rajarhat Bhatenda. Dr…. Read More

Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Recommends Allocating $1.14 Billion to Boost Nation’s Fintech Economy, with Investments in AI, Machine Learning

The Indian government recently revealed its Union budget for the FY 2021. Following the announcement, it appears that the nation’s Fintech industry has been given special attention, as Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed on February 1 to introduce a policy for creating data center… Read More

DLT-based Securities Platform iStox “Graduates” From Monetary Authority of Singapore Fintech Sandbox, Now Fully Regulated to Offer & Trade Securities

iSTOX, a blockchain-based platform, is now the first digital securities issuance, custody, and trading platform, licensed in Singapore. iSTOX recently “graduated” from the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Fintech Sandbox program and has received regulatory approval to operate and provide digital asset issuance and trading. This… Read More

bitFlyer is Now Offering US Residents a Zero-Fee Option to Buy Bitcoin (BTC) with US Dollar

US residents now have another zero-fee option to purchase Bitcoin (BTC) using the US dollar. On January 30, 2020, Tokyo-headquartered digital asset exchange bitFlyer introduced its commission-free service for the BTC/USD trading pair to its US-based clients. bitFlyer’s zero-fee feature is currently only being offered… Read More

Jumio, an AI-enhanced ID Verification Service, Partners CIMB Bank Philippines’ All-Digital Bank to Offer User-Friendly Onboarding Platform

Jumio, an established provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced end-to-end identity verification and authentication services, has teamed up with CIMB Bank Philippines’ all-digital bank to offer a convenient and user-friendly digital onboarding solution to Filipinos. Having completed its first full year of business operations, CIMB Bank… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya Confirms Reserve Bank has No Immediate Plans to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ), the nation’s central bank, has been working on a virtual currency project for several years. The BoJ must be prepared to issue digital currencies if technical innovations in international settlement systems will increase consumer demand, the bank’s deputy governor noted… Read More

Two-Thirds of Indian Fintech Consumers Applied for Online Credit and Made Digital Payments in 2019: Survey

Digital payments and online lending are becoming increasingly popular in Asian countries. According to a new survey, a large number of Asia-based users are conducting internet-based transactions, instead of visiting physical bank locations. The recent survey of Fintech customers by Robocash Group revealed that nearly… Read More

Giant Japanese Social Media Network Line, with 700 Million Users, Approved to Begin Trading Its Virtual Currency in Japan

LVC Corporation, a subsidiary of LINE Corporation and manager of LINE’s digital currency and blockchain-focused ventures, recently confirmed its plans to begin trading its virtual currency in Japan by April 2020. LINE is the company behind Japanese social media network Line, which notably has more… Read More

One of Qatar’s Largest Commercial Banks, Doha Bank, Launches New Digital Banking Funds Transfer Service

Doha Bank, one of Qatar’s largest commercial banks (incorporated in 1978 and began offering its services in Doha, Qatar in March 1979), has confirmed the official launch of its domestic and cross-border funds transfer digital service for corporate customers. The domestic and international funds transfer… Read More

Japan’s SBI Holdings Invests $20 Million in OpenLegacy Technologies, Shareholders Get Option of Receiving XRP

Japan-headquartered SBI Holdings, a major financial services company, has reportedly invested $20 million in OpenLegacy Technologies, a US-based software development company that streamlines the API integration process of core banking systems. Citi, FIS and BNP Paribas-Cardif are notably among the major clients for OpenLegacy’s platform,… Read More

India-based Fintech Industry Firm U GRO Capital Reports Profits in Just One Year of Operations

India-based Fintech industry participant U GRO Capital is notably among the few digital lending players that has taken a serious approach towards business development. The listed firm offers credit to small businesses and has managed to achieve profitability in just the first year of its… Read More

India-based AI-enhanced Consumer Lending Platform ZestMoney Records Over 125% EMI Financing in 2019

India-based ZestMoney, an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered consumer lending platform, confirmed recently that last year, it managed to record more than 125% in equated monthly installment (EMI) financing. The Bengaluru-headquartered firm noted that online EMIs comprise a large portion of the Indian economy, experiencing a record-breaking… Read More

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation and World Logistics Council to Launch Digital Economy Application System

Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC) and the World Logistics Council Limited (WLC) have reportedly committed to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in order to launch the Multi-Dimensional Digital Economy Application System (MDDEAS) in Malaysia. The system will be introduced with the help of local tech… Read More

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