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Fintech Lenders in Indonesia to Support Government with Disbursing Loans to SMEs as Part of COVID Relief Effort

Asosiasi Fintech Pendanaan Bersama Indonesia (AFPI), which is an association of 156 Fintech lenders, is reportedly planning to work cooperatively with the Indonesian government to distribute funds that are meant to offset the economic problems and challenges created due to COVID-19. As of September 2020,… Read More

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

Low Financial Literacy Is a Major Challenge Keeping Rural Area Residents in Indonesia from Accessing Modern Fintech Services

Industry professionals in Indonesia are calling on Fintech firms to expand their operations outside of Java and partner up with the nation’s government in order to cater to the requirements of the unbanked population. Only 23% of Fintech firms in the country have a reach… Read More

Malaysian Fintech Valyou Introduces Blockchain based Remittance Service for Bangladeshi Workers Sending Money Back Home

Malaysia-based Fintech Valyou, a digital remittance payments service provider, has introduced a blockchain-enabled remittance solution in Bangladesh through a partnership with Standard Chartered and bKash, a mobile financial service provider. The distributed ledger tech (DLT)-powered platform will enable instant money transfers from Malaysia to Bangladesh…. Read More

Global ID Verification Provider, Onfido, to Offer Authentication Services to Malaysia’s MyCash Money

Onfido, a global ID verification provider, will be offering its user authentication services to Malaysia’s MyCash Money. Onfido has also been providing similar services to other Fintech firms in the region, including BigPay and MoneyMatch. MyCash Money is a digital marketplace that’s focused on serving… Read More

Southeast Asian Country of Vietnam Needs More Qualified Professionals, Better Policies to Expand Fintech Sector

Vietnam reportedly doesn’t have enough skilled professionals needed to support the growth of the nation’s Fintech focused economy. The Southeast Asian country is home to more than 96 million residents, making it the world’s 15th most populous nation. Its GDP stands at around $250 billion…. Read More

Indonesia’s Fintech Lenders Association Offers to Assist with Disbursing Funds Allocated to COVID-19 related National Economic Recovery Program

Indonesia’s Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI) has reportedly offered to help with disbursing funds that have been allocated to the country’s national economic recovery program (PEN). As first reported by the Jakarta Post, the Indonesian government has been struggling to obtain the data required to provide… Read More

Digital Banking: Singapore May be Ideal for Virtual Banks Offering Modern Financial Services as 40% of its Nearly 6 Million Residents are Underbanked

It’s now possible to open a new bank account or apply for a credit card or loan with just a few taps on our smartphones. Many people now have access to modern financial services, such as instantly transferring funds, from the comfort of their home… Read More

Copenhagen Fintech Partners with United Nations Development Fund to Launch Operations in Singapore to Address Climate Change, Alleviate Poverty

Copenhagen Fintech, a Denmark based organization supporting financial technology, is teaming up with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and several other organizations in order to help Nordic Fintechs with launching operations in Singapore. The initiative is aimed at assisting Nordic Fintechs with setting up… Read More

Indonesia’s Rapidly Expanding Fintech Sector May Create New Opportunities for Switzerland based Businesses: Report

Indonesia has a population of around 270 million residents, and most of these people are underbanked or financially underserved. Businesses in the fast-growing economy also don’t yet have access to modern financial services, like the kind we’d typically find in many of the developed Western… Read More

Razer Fintech in Malaysia Reportedly Planning to Launch Another Digital Bank in Overseas Markets, after Applying for Local License

Malaysia’s Razer Fintech, the Fintech division of Razer (a multinational financial service provider), has revealed that it plans to launch a digital banking platform in overseas markets. Razer, which is also (mainly) a gaming company, has applied for a virtual banking permit in Malaysia but… Read More

Fintech Investments in Asia Pacific Surged 9.1% to $1.4 Billion during Q2 2020, as Investors Shift Focus from India to Australia, Other Regions: Report

Investments in private Fintech firms based in the Asia-Pacific increased by 9.1% to $1.4 billion during Q2 2020, when compared to Q1 2020, according to a report from S&P Global Market Intelligence. The Q2 APAC Fintech Funding Report (released on August 25, 2020) notes that… Read More

Over 240 Fintech Firms Operating in Indonesia, a Leading Southeast Asian and Global Economy: Report

Indonesia, which has one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia and also ranked high globally, has emerged as a fast-growing Fintech hub. It’s estimated that in the next five years, digital financial services revenues in Indonesia will reach $8.6 billion, meaning they’re increasing at… Read More

Indonesian Digital Wallet Providers GOPAY, Dana, LinkAja, OVO Ranked the Highest with the Most Active Users: Report

Local service providers continue to dominate the digital or e-wallet market in Indonesia, according to a recent report. iPrice Group recently teamed up with App Annie, an app market data and insight firm, to provide the latest developments related to digital wallets in Indonesia (during… Read More

China’s Alibaba Cloud to Work with Singapore’s Fintech Academy to Improve Healthcare Sector Services in Southeast Asia

Hangzhou’s Alibaba Cloud (Aliyun), a Chinese cloud computing company that operates as a subsidiary of the e-commerce giant, Alibaba Group (NYSE:BABA), has partnered with the Fintech Academy in Singapore and Pfizer, an American multinational pharmaceutical corporation. Through the partnership, the two companies and the Fintech Academy… Read More

Digital Banking Competition in Southeast Asia Should Intensify as there’s been a Boom in Fintech Investments: Report

Southeast (SE) Asia is home to an unbanked population of around 290 million, according to a recent report from Fitch Ratings. Fintech solutions can enable more widespread financial inclusion, and could potentially increase the GDP of emerging markets by $3.7 trillion, according to an updated… Read More

Aspiring Online Lenders backed by Established Corporates are More Likely to Secure Virtual Bank Licenses than Standalone Challengers: Report

Digital banking or the use of online services and platforms may have been accelerated due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which had led to many countries enforcing nationwide lockdowns. While many countries are now beginning to “re-open” their businesses, the Coronavirus crisis has led to major… Read More

Southeast Asian Fintech TrueMoney Partners Singapore Cross-Border Payment Provider Thunes to Expand Remittance Services

TrueMoney, a Southeast Asian Fintech firm, has teamed up with Singapore-based Thunes, a cross-border payment company, in order to expand its remittance services. Through the partnership, TrueMoney customers will be able to accept remittance payments from anywhere in the world via Thunes’ international partner network,… Read More

Asian Fintech GoBear to Power Netcore Solutions’ Marketing Automation and Engagement Campaigns

Netcore Solutions, a marketing automation and personalization platform, revealed on August 11, 2020 that it has chosen Asian Fintech firm GoBear to power its multi-channel marketing automation and engagement campaigns. GoBear will help Netcore with ensuring customer retention, according to a release. Established in 2014,… Read More

Fintech Solutions Can Enable More Widespread Financial Inclusion, Could Increase GDP of Emerging Markets by $3.7 Trillion: Report

Critical gaps in the global banking system, especially in emerging markets, have restricted business growth and development. Consumer demand cannot be effectively addressed if banking platforms are not updated to meet the requirements of individuals and small business owners. Billions of people across the globe… Read More

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