People’s Bank of China and the State Administration for Market Regulation Jointly Incorporate Fintech Products into the National Certification System
To implement the policy of “pushing for the establishment of a management system based on government supervision and led by standards where corporate responsibilities are fulfilled” raised at the executive meeting of the State Council on August 28th, 2019, the People’s Bank of China (PBC) and the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) jointly released an announcement to incorporate fintech products into the unified national certification system. By doing so, they seek to put standards in place to continuously strengthen the safety and quality management of fintech, guard against the transmission of risks caused by quality deficiencies of fintech products to the financial sector, and better enable fintech to be innovative while promoting good governance and comprehensive management. (Source: PBC)
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China’s Video Portals Start to Offer Online Installment Loans
From this month, Chinese consumers are offered a new channel to borrow money.
Mango TV, a leading Chinese video portal, were reported to provide online installment loans. By clicking on “My Wallet” on the APP, users will be offered the access to an online market called “分期商城” (Fenqi Market) where all products and services could be purchased by installment. The market features products that appear in Mango TV’s variety shows and dramas, like skin card products, furniture or electronics. (Source: Xinliu)
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WeBank and Shenzhen University Jointly Establish China’s First Fintech Institute
On October 31st, WeBank, the internet bank backed by Tencent, and Shenzhen University jointly established the first fintech institute in China. In the future, the joint-institute will offer courses and trainings to explore various fintech technologies, including big data, blockchain, insurtech, regtech, etc. Leveraging on both parties’ advantages, the institute is planning to establish itself as a platform for global fintech communication, industrial innovation and talent cultivation, making contribution to the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area. (Source: Economic Daily)
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China UMS Invests in BC Card’s Subsidiary Smartro
On October 30th, BC Card from South Korea announced that it had received its first foreign investment. China UMS became the investor in Smartro, a subsidiary of BC Card, by acquiring 20 percent of BC Card’s stake in the company, including old Smarto shares held by BC Card and newly issued shares.
As a subsidiary of China UnionPay, China UMS focused on big data services, marketing and value-added services for payment innovation. BC Card is planning to introduce better payment services (e.g. QR codes) to customers in South Korea through its cooperation with China UMS. (Source: Aju Business Daily)
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