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Credit Cards in Circulation in Hong Kong Reach 19.71 Million

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city’s central bank, has released its Q2/2023 payment card statistics, revealing that the total number of credit cards in circulation in Hong Kong reached 19.71 million by the end of the second quarter. This indicates a marginal growth… Read More

Saudi Arabia-China Entrepreneurs Association Signs MoU with HKTDC to Boost Trade with Hong Kong

In a landmark move to fortify commercial ties between Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia, the Saudi Arabia-China Entrepreneurs Association (SCEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The MoU was inked during the eighth Belt and Road Summit…. Read More

Hong Kong’s Central Bank Warns Crypto Firms Misrepresenting Themselves as Banks

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued a public advisory warning against crypto businesses that are presenting themselves as “banks” or labeling their products as “deposits”. The regulatory body emphasizes that such misrepresentations may violate the Banking Ordinance. There have been instances of crypto… Read More

Insurtech Bowtie Raises $34.9m for Expansion in HK Insurance Market

Hong Kong-based virtual insurer Bowtie has successfully wrapped up a $34.9 million Series B2 funding round, the company has confirmed. The latest financial injection was led by Sun Life Hong Kong Limited, and saw significant contributions from Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Bowtie’s announcement highlighted that… Read More

CBDCs: HKMA, Bank of Israel Release Joint Report on Project Sela, Focusing on Retail CBDC Implementation

  The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published its joint report on Project Sela. The initiative focused on the cybersecurity, technical, and policy aspects of a retail CBDC implementation. The HKMA is working with the Bank of Israel (BOI) and the Bank for International… Read More

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited Opens New Office in London

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX), a top-tier exchange group globally, marked the inauguration of its latest office in London this week, further amplifying its international influence. A celebratory reception was held in The City of London. Nicolas Aguzin, HKEX Chief Executive Officer, alongside… Read More

“Airwallex for Startups” Launches in Hong Kong to Assist Firms with Business Operations

Airwallex, a global payments and financial platform for modern businesses, today announced the launch of “Airwallex for Startups”, a business readiness campaign “exclusively for Hong Kong entrepreneurs to support their global growth ambitions.” With the support of Hong Kong flagship incubators, and in collaboration with… Read More

Hong Kong Financial Secretary Warns Lowering Tax May Not Revive City’s Stock Market

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po cautioned in his weekly blog on Sunday that merely lowering the tax on securities trading would not necessarily breathe new life into city’s lethargic stock market, and added that piecemeal measures could be counterproductive. This is his first… Read More

Hong Kong’s ZA Bank Becomes HashKey Exchange’s Settlement Bank to Provide Fiat Deposit, Withdrawal Services

ZA Bank has reportedly become the first settlement bank for HashKey Exchange, Hong Kong’s first licensed retail virtual asset exchange, as it starts “offering fiat-currency deposit and withdrawal services to investors who hold a ZA Bank account.” As part of its “Banking for Web3” ambition,… Read More

Asia Carbon Institute Launches Voluntary Carbon Credit Registry in Hong Kong

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Asia Carbon Institute (ACI), a voluntary carbon credit registry in Asia, was officially inaugurated at the CIC – Zero Carbon Park in Hong Kong despite a typhoon signal hoisted right before and during the event. The official launch was attended by Chan Ho Lim, Joseph,… Read More

Crypto Transactions: SEBA Hong Kong Obtains Approval-in-Principle to Provide Virtual Currency Services

SEBA Bank, a full-service, global crypto bank providing financial solutions for the digital age (wealth management, investment, trading, and advisory services), has announced that an approval-in-principle (AIP) from the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) in Hong Kong has been issued to its regional subsidiary, SEBA… Read More

Governments, Fintech Centers Focused on Reviving Tech Sector Globally, Report Reveals

Ecosystems in the East and West are to promote startups and investments in AI, Web3, and crypto currencies have taken measures to add new life in a sector that has been facing headwinds from risk aversion and rising inflation rates, a review compiled by The… Read More

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd (HKEX) Appoints John Hsu as MD, Group CTO

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) is pleased to announce today (Wednesday) the appointment of John Hsu as Managing Director and Group Chief Technology Officer. He succeeds Richard Leung, who will become Group Chief Information Officer. Reporting to Mr Leung, Mr Hsu will reportedly… Read More

UnionPay International, Malaysian Payment Network PayNet to Support Cross-Border QR Interoperability

UnionPay International (UPI) and Payments Network Malaysia Sdn Bhd, or PayNet, Malaysia’s national payments network jointly signed an agreement in Shanghai in order to support “the cross-border QR code linkage and enable the full acceptance of the UnionPay App (Chinese-mainland, Hong Kong and Macao versions)… Read More

Hong Kong Fintech Week 2023: Fintech Redefined

The wait is over! We’re excited to announce the official theme of Hong Kong FinTech Week 2023: Fintech Redefined. 金融科技新定義 From the ever-changing world that we live in, to the rapid development of AI and Web3, new forces are shaping the fabric of Fintech as we… Read More

Stablecoins: First Digital Group Introduces Stablecoin FDUSD via Binance

First Digital Group, which includes First Digital Trust, one of Asia’s leading qualified custodians and a registered trust company headquartered in Hong Kong, announces that its stablecoin, First Digital USD (FDUSD), “issued under the entity FD121, will debut and list on Binance, the world’s largest… Read More

Blockchain Adoption: Elliptic, Current Consulting Group to Support Crypto Risk Management at Scale in Hong Kong

Elliptic – which claims to be the global leader in cryptoasset risk management – is proud to announce that it has been selected by Current Consulting Group as the trusted blockchain analytics provider to fulfil its crypto compliance requirements. Current Consulting Group is “an independent… Read More

AXA Hong Kong and Macau and CoverGo, an Insurance SaaS Core Platform, to Improve its CX

AXA Hong Kong and Macau (AXA) announced its collaboration with CoverGo, the global no-code insurance SaaS core platform for health, life, and P&C, “to improve AXA’s general insurance ecosystem in Hong Kong.” With the advanced technology supported by CoverGo, AXA will “use the insurtech’s platform… Read More

Digital Asset Platform TOKO Signs Agreement with PwC Hong Kong

TOKO, headquartered in Dubai with offices in Hong Kong, is a digital asset creation platform, created in collaboration with DLA Piper and operating within an unparalleled regulatory framework, signs joint business relationship with PwC Hong Kong in order “to offer Blockchain solutions to PwC’s global… Read More

Digital Transactions: Economic Rebound to Allow Card Payments to Grow by 4.8% in Hong Kong (China SAR) in 2023, New Report Claims

Hong Kong’s card payments market is “expected to grow by 4.8% to reach HKD1.06 trillion ($136.0 billion) in 2023, supported by an economic rebound and a growing consumer preference for electronic payments,” says GlobalData, a data and analytics company. According to GlobalData’s Payment Cards Analytics,… Read More

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