Tagged: central bank

Fintech Adoption: Central Bank of UAE Partners with DIFC to Support Financial Tech Sector Growth

The Central Bank of the UAE (CBUAE) signed an agreement with Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the international financial center in the MEASA region, in order to collaborate on the development and growth of the UAE’s Fintech sector “through joint initiatives and activities.” The agreement… Read More

Central Bank in the Philippines and French Development Agency to Support Financial Inclusion Initiatives

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), the central bank of the Philippines, and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French Development Agency, have committed to a grant facility agreement of 700,000 Euros (appr. PHP 41.3 million) in order to support the Philippines’ financial inclusion efforts,… Read More

Roxe to Enable “Secondary Fiat” Currency Solutions Backed by Bitcoin (BTC) Hashrate that Help Nations with Economic Growth

Roxe, a next-gen international payment network, reveals that it will offer qualifying reserve banks with free access to its global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Plus Program. The new program will aim to enable countries to issue “new secondary or primary sovereign, fiat currencies backed… 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

UK Fintech Minted Explains Why Gold Remains Important Element of Global Monetary System

Over the years, tonnes of gold has been mined. Researchers, reporters/journalists, investors, as well as gold bullion dealers have been focused on tracking the estimated total amount of “overground” gold across the globe, the team at UK-based Minted notes. The Financial Conduct Authority approved Fintech… Read More

UK’s Cross-Border Payments Fintech WorldRemit Introduces Money Transfer Services in Malaysia

WorldRemit, a UK-based digital cross-border payments firm, recently introduced its money transfer services in Malaysia’s markets through its app and web-based platform. Clients are now able to send funds from Malaysia, in addition to 50 other nations including the United Kingdom and the US, to… Read More

Digital Banking: Union Bank of Philippines to Launch Fourth Virtual Bank in Southeast Asian Nation

The Union Bank of the Philippines, which is part of a conglomerate that is led by Aboitiz Equity Ventures, will be launching the fourth all-digital banking platform in the Southeast Asian country. This, according to a Philstar Global report. The UnionBank’s virtual bank application has… Read More

Reserve Bank of India Decides to Indefinitely Prevent Mastercard from Providing New Debit, Credit Cards to Locals

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revealed on Wednesday (July 14, 2021) that it has decided to indefinitely ban Mastercard Inc (NYSE: MA) from providing any new debit or credit cards to local clients for allegedly violating data storage guidelines. This move appears to be… Read More

Regulators in Philippines Concerned about Virtual Currency Investment Risks, but Local Stock Exchange Wants to Offer Crypto Trading

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) is currently seeking regulatory approval to begin offering cryptocurrency trading, PSE President and CEO Ramon Monzon thinks that the bourse can offer an ideal platform for facilitating digital currency trading because of its robust trading infrastructure and established customer safeguard… Read More

Portugal Regulates Cryptocurrency Exchanges

Portugal becomes one of the first countries to officially legalize cryptocurrencies by issuing operating licenses to two exchanges operating in the segment. The Central Bank of Portugal has issued operating licenses to Criptojola and Mind The Coin as “virtual asset providers” , or VASPs, in… Read More

Cross-Border QR Payments Linkage Established by Bank Negara Malaysia and Bank of Thailand

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) recently revealed that they’ve introduced a cross-border QR payment linkage between the two countries. Under this linkage, both consumers and merchants residing in Malaysia and Thailand can make and receive instant, cross-border QR code payments…. Read More

CBDCs: Sweden’s Reserve Bank Is Reportedly Working with Commercial Lender to Test Proposed Virtual Currency

Sweden’s reserve bank will reportedly be working cooperatively with commercial lender Handelsbanken in order to test out how the nation’s proposed digital currency, the e-krona,  may handle payments in the real world, the Riksbank revealed on Friday (May 28, 2021). Reserve banks across the globe… Read More

Central Bank of Kuwait Issues Warning Regarding Bitcoin, Ethereum, DogeCoin, Other Crypto Investments

The Central Bank of Kuwait has issued a statement on crypto assets and their risks. Kuwait‘s reserve bank says that it aims to enhance financial awareness and intends to encourage the Kuwaiti banking sector to adopt socially responsible business practices. The Central Bank of Kuwait… Read More

Russian Authorities Clarify that Cryptocurrencies May Be “Contractual Means” of Conducting Payments

The State Duma has recently acknowledged that amendments to the Civil Code (in Russia) that cryptocurrencies (or “digital monetary units”) may be considered “a contractual means” of conducting payments in the country, according to Pavel Krasheninnikov, Chairperson of the Duma Committee on Legislation, at the… Read More

Open Banking: Reserve Bank of Bahrain Shares Updates on New Guidelines for Fintechs, SMEs

The reserve bank of Bahrain has shared its commentary on the work being done by retail banks to implement the infrastructure for compliance with the Bahrain Open Banking Framework (Bahrain OBF). This work was carried out after a grace period that allowed for implementation which… Read More

Norway’s Norges Banks Says Financial System Is Working Properly despite COVID Issues, Is Researching CBDCs

Norges Bank has released its Financial Infrastructure Report 2021 and Norges Bank Papers 2/2021, titled “Retail payment services 2020.” Norges Bank notes that there have been significantly fewer disruptions in the Norwegian financial infrastructure during the past few years, and the infrastructure has been working… Read More

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Reveals Implementation Roadmap for Ongoing Development of Open API Framework

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), which is Hong Kong’s central banking institution that reports directly to the Financial Secretary, has announced the implementation plans for the third and fourth stages of its Open API framework. The next steps in the Open API Framework include… Read More

CBDCs: Chinese Banks Introduce Central Bank Digital Currency Hardware Prototypes for Multiple Applications

Chinese banking institutions have introduced central bank digital currency (CBDC) hardware prototypes for several different use cases. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the nation’s central bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have introduced prototype hardware devices that aim to offer support… Read More

Bank of Japan Official Says China’s Digital Yuan Will Not Pose Threat to US Dollar’s Position as Global Reserve Currency

A senior Bank of Japan (BoJ) official has stated that China’s digital renminbi will not be able to pose a threat to the US dollar’s dominant position as the global reserve currency. As reported by Bloomberg, Kazushige Kamiyama, who heads the BoJ’s payment systems division… Read More

India Budget Allocates $200M+ for Digital Payments Adoption, as RBI Confirms Country Is World’s Largest Recipient of Remittances

Bengaluru-based Simpl, a company that aims to make money simple, so that people can “live well and do amazing things,” has noted that the recent India budget appears to be focusing on the “revival” of inclusive economic growth and an “expansionary fiscal policy that prioritized… Read More

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