Thailand and Australia Forge Partnership to Boost Fintech Industry

Thailand and Australia have entered into a new phase of financial collaboration with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on financial technology (fintech) cooperation.

The agreement, aimed at bolstering the local fintech industries of both nations, was formalized this week between the Thai Fintech Association and FinTech Australia.

Brian Collins, Deputy Chair of FinTech Australia, emphasized the significant growth potential in Thailand and the broader Southeast Asian region for Australian fintech initiatives.

This region offers massive growth opportunities, especially given its rapid adoption of fintech solutions. We are excited to work alongside the Thai Fintech Association to foster beneficial outcomes for both countries.

The signing ceremony coincided with the Money20/20 Asia 2024 conference held in Bangkok, a premier event attracting thousands of professionals from the fintech and financial services sectors worldwide.

Representatives from Australia’s fintech community participated in the conference to explore networking and collaborative opportunities.

Chonladet Khemarattana, President of the Thai Fintech Association, highlighted Thailand’s emerging role as a hub for fintech innovation.

“We are delighted to partner with FinTech Australia and leverage our combined strengths to enhance the fintech ecosystems in both regions,” Khemarattana noted.

Australian Ambassador Angela Macdonald, speaking at the signing ceremony, lauded the rapid growth of Thailand’s fintech sector and its synergy with Australia’s dynamic fintech landscape. She said:

This partnership marks a significant step forward in our digital economy collaboration with Thailand.

The collaboration aligns with the “Invested: Australia’s Southeast Asia Economic Strategy to 2040,” a strategic initiative launched by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last year, aiming to deepen economic ties with Southeast Asia.

According to the Australian embassy, the value of Australia’s fintech sector has seen remarkable growth, soaring from A$250 million in 2015 to A$45 billion in 2023, illustrating the sector’s increasing significance and potential for future expansion.

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