Tagged: asean

Open Banking and Regtech Firm Railsbank Gains Hong Kong Fintech Statrys as New Client

UK-based Railsbank, an Open Banking and Regtech solution provider, revealed on June 29, 2020, that it has gained Hong Kong Fintech Statrys as a new client. Statrys offers digital business accounts, advanced payment options, and forex solutions for SMEs based in Asia. It provides convenient… Read More

Digitally Advanced Southeast Asian Banks Expected to Accelerate Digital Transformation Strategies Due to COVID-19: Report

Southeast Asian banks will most likely accelerate their digital transformation initiatives, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and changing consumer behavior resulting from safe distancing measures and lockdowns. Incumbents could be challenged more than ever before, as they might struggle to offer the same level of… Read More

Malaysia’s Telecommunications Firm Packet One Networks to Help the Financially Underserved after Acquiring Digital Banking License

C.C. Puan, the CEO at Packet One Networks (P1), a major wireless broadband provider focused on becoming an established mobile telecom by making access to the Internet a great experience for Malaysian residents, is planning to acquire a digital banking license. Puan remarked: “Getting the… Read More

Thailand’s Corporate VC Firm Krungsri Finnovate to Invest $10 Million in Three Startups to Improve Country’s Digital Infrastructure

Krungsri Finnovate, a corporate venture capital company operating under Bank of Ayudhya (BAY), the third-largest bank in Thailand in terms of assets, loans, and deposits, is planning to invest $10 million into the operations of three promising startups during the first half of this year…. Read More

ASEAN Exchanges, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam to Use Refinitiv’s Digital Solutions

ASEAN Exchanges, a group which consists of six major exchanges based in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, have reportedly chosen to integrate Refinitiv’s digital solutions onto their online platform. The solution offers critical data and insights to institutional and retail clients, and assists… Read More

Fintech Firms in Vietnam Acquired $410 Million in Funding During First 9 Months of 2019

Fintech companies in Vietnam acquired $410 million, or 36% of the total global capital invested into Southeast Asia’s economies between January and September of this year, which is right behind Singapore. Vietnam’s market share of regional VC funding allocated to Fintech-related projects increased from only… Read More

Fintech Firm Grab’s Thailand Head Tarin Thaniyavarn Discusses Southeast Asia’s Financial Inclusion Challenges

Tarin Thaniyavarn, the country head for Fintech firm Grab’s Thailand division, points out that advancements in telecommunications and mobile technology allow users to perform and manage many different tasks from their smartphones. For example, we can book rides, order meals or groceries, and pay for… Read More

CCAF Publishes ASEAN Fintech Benchmark Study: The Emergence of Fintech Start-ups in the ASEAN Region Has Progressed at an Unprecedented Pace

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF), at Cambridge Judge Business School, is out with the Asean Fintech Ecosystem Benchmarking Study published in partnership with the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) and FinTechSpace in Taiwan. CCAF is the leading research institute covering the global alternative… Read More

Why P2P Lending is a Primary Investment Opportunity

The Fintech space has seen significant investment growth in recent years. Out of 310 private companies valued at over US$1 billion globally, 10 percent are in the Fintech sector, according to CB Insights. Only two other sectors claim a larger share of the unicorn pie,… Read More

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, Asian Development Bank Institute, and FinTechSpace Launch ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School,  Asian Development Bank Institute and FinTechSpace have formed a partnership to launch the ASEAN Fintech Industry Survey – the first study of its kind. According to CCAF, the research will focus… Read More

Robocash Report Says ASEAN is Best Market for Near Term Fintech Development

Online lending platform Robocash says that the ASEAN market is the best region for Fintech development during the next year. A report completed in partnership with Deloitte by Robocash states that Fintech investments in Southeast Asia will increase by more than 20-30% in 2018 compared… Read More

CIMB Group Joins RippleNet to Power Instant Payments Across ASEAN

CIMB Group (CIMB or the Group), ASEAN’s fifth largest bank, announced last week it has joined forces with Ripple to enable instant cross-border payments across its markets. The duo reported that through this new partnership CIMB will join RippleNet and connect with other Ripple customers, which reportedly has more than… Read More

MAS Reports Investors Attending the Singapore FinTech Festival will Dedicate USD $12 Billion to ASEAN Firms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is reporting that investors attending the Singapore FinTech Festival have committed to investing $12 billion into ASEAN firms over the next two years. The 380 investors plan to dedicate USD $6.2 billion over the next year and an additional… Read More

CFTE Teams Up With MAS to Expand Fintech Education Initiative Into Singapore & ASEAN

The Centre for Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship (CFTE) announced on Tuesday it has formed a partnership with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to formalize plans to expand its education initiative to ASEAN. According to the organization, the prime objective is to train finance professionals in… Read More

The Monetary Authority of Singapore & the International Finance Corporation Join in Fintech Cooperation

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), part of the World Bank, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have signed a “Memorandum of Cooperation” agreeing to establish and develop the ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (AFIN). AFIN will strive to increase the adoption of Fintech innovation and… Read More

National Bank of Canada Invests in Myanmar Fintech Company ONGO

Last week, ONGO, a mobile payments platform based in Myanmar, announced a strategic partnership with the National Bank of Canada (NBC). According to ONGO’s announcement, NBC acquired a 22% stake in ONGO. The company declined to disclose any other terms of the deal. ONGO is… Read More

Monetary Authority of Singapore & United Nations Capital Development Fund Look to Boost Digital Financial Services in ASEAN Region

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) under the ongoing UNCDF’s SHIFT (Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations) have partnered on a program to increase digital financial services across the ASEAN region. According to MAS, the two entities will explore opportunities… Read More

Bangkok Bank Partners with Nest to Introduce FinTech Accelerator InnoHub

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited announced its international FinTech accelerator program, Bangkok Bank InnoHub in partnership with corporate innovation partner Nest. The 12-week intensive program will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, aiming to exemplify the bank’s drive to inspire innovation and solidify its commitment to innovative new technologies. As the country’s leading… Read More

Myanmar Implements UnionPay Chip Cards in Continued Banking Modernization

While the Western world and other parts of Asia surge forward with fintech innovations, from blockchain technology to digital banking features and services, Myanmar celebrates other banking development wins as the country continues to modernize. Earlier this week, Enterprise Innovation reported that Myanmar — formerly known… Read More

Grab Turns to Indonesia with $700M to Invest in Mobile & Payments

Singapore-based company Grab, self-described as “Southeast Asia’s Leading Ride-Hailing Platform”, is investing $700 million in Indonesia to make the country ASEAN’s most digital economy.  Grab’s project will focus on mobile fintech features in the country, and in particular, on mobile payment. According to the company, the… Read More

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