Tagged: southeast asia

Philippines based Mobile Wallet Fintech GCash Reports Steady Growth in Business

GCash, a leading mobile wallet provider in the Philippines, reports steady growth as it saw a significant rise in its number of users from 20 million in January 2020 to 46 million in June 2021, according to a release. The GCash app also had more… Read More

PERA Hub Teams Up with Brankas to Introduce Digital Remittance Platform in Southeast Asia

Philippines-headquartered financial services center PERA HUB has teamed up with Brankas, an Indonesia-based open API tech provider, in order to introduce a digital remittance platform, called PERA HUB Conex. As noted by its management: “PERA HUB is the country’s foremost urgent transaction center for money… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore Chooses 15 Finalists for Global CBDC Challenge

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the nation’s central bank and financial regulator, revealed on August 30, 2021 that 15 finalists were selected for the international competition to create a retail Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) solution (Global CBDC Challenge). The finalists include financial institutions,… Read More

Islamic Crowdfunding Platform Ethis Global Secures RM 6.8M to Expand Operations in Southeast Asia

Ethis Global Sdn Bhd, which operates “regulated” Shariah-compliant, “ethical” and impact focused investment crowdfunding platforms in Indonesia and Malaysia and social finance platform GlobalSadaqah, recently revealed that it finalized an RM6.8 million (appr. $1.62 million) pre-Series A round. The proceeds have will be allocated towards… Read More

Digital Horizon Venture Fund Invests in Honest Bank Series A

Digital Horizon Venture Fund this week was among the investors in Singapore Fintech Honest Bank’s Series A financing round. The company raised a total of $19.7 million, with the round led by Insignia Ventures Partners and Digital Horizon VC. Digital Horizon contributed $5.5 million of… Read More

Singapore’s SME Financing Platform Validus has Financed SGD 1 Billion in Small Business Loans

This month in August 2021, five years after issuing their very first loan to an SME borrower in Singapore, the Validus team reports reaching a notable milestone of cumulatively having financed over SGD 1 billion in SME loans via the Validus marketplace. As they look… Read More

Singapore Cross-Border Payments Fintech Thunes Partners Bank Alfalah to Enable Remittances to Pakistan

Singapore-based Thunes, a Fintech firm and an industry leader in global cross-border payments, reveals that it has teamed up with Bank Alfalah, which is one of Pakistan’s largest banking institutions. Through the partnership, the organizations aim to support real-time, cost-effective international  payments made to consumers… Read More

Digital Assets Financial Services Platform Matrixport Introduces Ethereum (ETH) 2.0 Staking Opportunity

Matrixport, Asia’s digital assets financial services platform, has introduced “ETH2.0 Staking Earn,” an offering that enables clients to take part in Ethereum 2.0 (ETH 2.0) staking at a “low threshold,” while earning yield from Ethereum “lock-up rewards.” Through the ETH 2.0 Staking Earn program, participants… Read More

US Treasury Dept and Monetary Authority of Singapore Commit to MoU on Cybersecurity Cooperation

On Monday (August 23, 2021), the US Treasury Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) confirmed the finalization of a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cybersecurity Cooperation. This announcement has been made during Vice President Kamala Harris’ recent trip to Singapore, where the… Read More

Updated Digital Banking Framework Introduced by Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority

Virtual banks in Indonesia must have minimum paid-up capital of IDR 10 trillion (appr. $694 million). But the capital deposit needed when submitting an application is only IDR 3 trillion. Indonesia’s OJK (Financial Services Authority), the nation’s financial regulator, has shared an update to its… Read More

Digital Transactions: Kiplepay Teams Up with Visa to Offer Prepaid Cards to Malaysian Consumers, Businesses

Kiplepay, a wholly owned division of Green Packet, has teamed up with Visa (NYSE: V) in order to offer the Kiple Visa Prepaid Card. Through the partnership, which was first announced last year, Kiplepay and Visa have introduced the prepaid card which aims to support… Read More

HSBC Malaysia Introduces DuitNow Request Feature for Corporates so They Can Easily Collect Recurring Payments

HSBC Malaysia reveals that it has introduced the DuitNow Request feature for corporates so they can improve the collection of recurring payments from their clients. This secure, real-time payment solution will aim to do away with the requirement for companies to constantly follow up with… Read More

Ojamu, an AI enhanced Martech Platform, to Leverage DLT, NFTs, Will “Predict” Effective Digital Marketing Strategies

Ojamu, which aims to bring AI-enhanced MarTech (marketing technology) to the blockchain by harnessing the power of DLT and NFTs, says it wants to help with “predicting” the “most effective” digital marketing strategy for major brands. Founded in 2019, Singapore-based Ojamu notes that they plan… Read More

Philippines Reserve Bank Will No Longer Accept Digital Banking Applications from September 1, 2021

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, recently confirmed  that it will no longer be accepting applications for new virtual banks including firms seeking to  convert their current status, starting from September 1, 2021. Virtual banking applications sent to the nation’s… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Thailand Introduces Plans to Test a Retail Central Bank Digital Currency in Q2 2022

The Bank of Thailand (BOT) has introduced its plans (after an extensive study) to start testing a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) during Q2 2022. The BOT had carried out a research study on the implications and feasibility of issuing a retail CBDC, as… Read More

Digital Direct-to-Consumer Insurance Marketplace Lifepal Acquires $9M via Series A

Indonesia’s Lifepal, a digital direct-to-consumer (D2C) insurance marketplace, reveals that it has acquired an oversubscribed $9 million through a Series A round, bringing the total capital secured by the firm to $12 million. As noted by its management, Lifepal is the largest insurance marketplace in… Read More

Revenue Group Subsidiary Revenue Harvest Acquires 25% Stake in Malaysia based Insurtech Vsure.life

Malaysian Insurtech company VSure.life has reportedly acquired a RM12 million (appr. $2.83 million) investment from ACE market-listed Revenue Group via its wholly-owned subsidiary Revenue Harvest (as well as being approved by Bank Negara Malaysia’s or BNM, the nation’s central bank to take part in its… Read More

InvestCorp and Singapore’s ADDX to Expand Use of Digital Securities in Private Markets

Investment management company Investcorp and Singapore’s private capital exchange ADDX have teamed up to further expand the use of digital securities in the private markets. The first product that been introduced under the partnership is a diversified portfolio of US residential properties from the Sunbelt… Read More

UK based VC Firm Invests in the Philippine Digital Asset Exchange

The Philippine Digital Asset Exchange (PDAX), a virtual currency exchange that’s licensed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the nation’s central bank, revealed earlier this week that it had secured $12.5 million in capital. PDAX‘s investment round has reportedly been led by an unnamed… Read More

Digital Assets: Union Bank of Philippines Partners with Hex Trust to Offer Crypto-Asset Custody Services

The Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) has teamed up with crypto-asset custodian Hex Trust in order to test out its digital asset custody services – which are compliant with the guidelines provided by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the nation’s reserve bank. Through… Read More

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