Tagged: southeast asia

Digital Banking: Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia Chooses Thought Machine to Build Islamic Virtual Bank

Al Rajhi Bank Malaysia (ARBM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the world’s largest Islamic banks in terms of assets, Al Rajhi Bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), has chosen Thought Machine, the Cloud native core banking tech company, in order to power… Read More

Virtual Banking: Philippines based Netbank Introduces Netizen Mobile Banking App in Beta Mode

The Netizen Mobile Banking App by Netbank is reportedly scheduled to launch its Beta Release Testing Program during the fourth week of January 2022 which will provide participants an opportunity to experience the platform’s banking services and features. As mentioned in a release shared with… Read More

CIMB Philippines Teams Up with Digital KYC Tech Provider Zoloz to Streamline Virtual Banking Services

CIMB Philippines recently revealed that it has teamed up with Zoloz, an e-KYC tech provider, in order to enhance its virtual banking services. The banking institution will reportedly use Zoloz’s digital KYC solution for supporting secure and seamless customer onboarding as well as an improved… Read More

Union Bank of the Philippines to Implement METACO’s Digital Asset Management Services

METACO, the provider of security-critical software and infrastructure to the digital asset ecosystem, has announced that Union Bank of the Philippines is implementing its digital asset management services. As noted in an update shared with CI, UnionBank is deploying services on IBM Cloud, in order to… Read More

Philippines based Netbank Introduces a Payments Service to Support Digital Commerce

Netbank, the banking as a service platform, has introduced a service that allows international payment firms to support various transactions in the Philippines. As mentioned in an update shared with CI, the Philippines has a fast-growing international trade market. Global trade in goods has has… Read More

F88, Vietnam’s Secured Lending Provider, Finalizes $10M Senior Secured Loan Facility from Lendable

F88, Vietnam’s secured lending provider and insurance distributor, has reportedly finalized a $10M senior secured loan facility from Lendable Inc, an emerging market Fintech focused on offering debt financing. As mentioned in the announcement, this facility is the first transaction for Lendable in Vietnam and… Read More

Funding Societies, an Asian Online Capital Formation Platform, Shares Key Updates from Past Year

Just a year ago, countries all across the globe were rushing to pull down the shutters on their airports and economies took a massive hit, however, today “paints a different picture,” according to an update from Funding Societies. The team at Funding Societies writes in… Read More

Fintech Firm Airwallex Launches International Payment Services in Singapore

Fintech platform Airwallex has announced its official launch in Singapore, following its grant of a Major Payment Institution (MPI) license by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and “a beta launch in November last year.” Singapore businesses are now able to benefit from Airwallex’s suite… Read More

Asia United Bank and Wallyt to Support Mastercard Acceptance via QR Codes in the Philippines

Asia United Bank (AUB), one of the fastest-growing publicly listed universal banks, has teamed up with Wallyt, a virtual banking solution provider, in order to offer a card payment acceptance solution for merchants though a card QR code or link. Wallyt is a Hong Kong-headquartered… Read More

Digital Payments Fintech Remitly Explains How to Send Money to Thailand

Remitly, a payments company that leverages digital channels, including mobile phones, to send money internationally, has explained how you can send funds securely to Thailand. Remitly writes in a blog post that if you’re looking for a safe way to send funds to Thailand, then… Read More

MAS Reveals that Social Aspects of a Retail CBDC Featured “Strongly” in the Global CBDC Challenge: Report

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), notes in the Global CBDC Challenge 2021 Report that history has shown that currency is a protean concept. Mohanty points out that from livestock around 9000 BC, to the introduction of paper money around… Read More

Southeast Asia’s StashAway, a Digital Wealth Manager, Says they’re Prepared for a Solid 2022

Stephanie Leung, Group Deputy CEO at Southeast Asia’s StashAway, a digital wealth manager, notes that the COVID-19 outbreak has accelerated three key trends: a new inflation regime, China’s economic recovery, and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. According to Leung’s observations, the Coronavirus pandemic has continued to… Read More

Bank Negara Malaysia Releases Discussion Paper on Licensing Framework for Digital Insurers

Bank Negara Malaysia, the nation’s central bank, recently issued the Discussion Paper on Licensing Framework for Digital Insurers and Takaful Operators. As noted by Bank Negara, the Discussion Paper outlines the proposed framework for “licensing new digital insurers and takaful operators (DITOs)” in order to… Read More

Revolut Singapore Now Approved by Monetary Authority of Singapore to Offer Gold, Silver Exposure to Clients

Digital banking platform Revolut has reportedly acquired approval from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to provide clients with gold and silver exposure via the firm’s Fintech app. Revolut‘s management noted that they aim to introduce the service to their Singapore clients this year. After… Read More

VeChain Foundation Announces VeUSD, VeChainThor’s First Stablecoin for Web3, DeFi

The VeChain Foundation, a non-profit entity established in Singapore, recently revealed that they’re pleased to confirm that following months of development, the contract for VeUSD, VeChain’s first native stablecoin, will “soon go live on mainnet, ushering in a new era for VeChainThor.” With their international… Read More

BNP Paribas Asset Management Reveals How Digital Commerce Is Evolving as Big Players Emerge Outside China

Zhikai Chen, Head of Asia Equities at BNP Paribas Asset Management, notes that a number of factors justify their hopes for “a better year after the challenges that 2021 brought to Asian equities, and northern Asian equities in particular.” Chen writes in a blog post… Read More

Singapore Now Home to Over 370 PE and VC Managers, as Digital Economy and Embedded Finance Become Widely Adopted

Mr Leong Sing Chiong, Deputy MD at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), noted (during the annual IBF Distinction Evening program) that every year, the financial services industry gathers to “recognize those who have reached the pinnacle of their professions, and those who have contributed significantly… Read More

Digital Transformation: Bank Indonesia Introduces Fast Payment System to Accelerate Digitalization

Bank Indonesia has introduced the Bank Indonesia Fast Payment (BI-FAST) system virtually, entitled “Payment System Digital Transformation to Accelerate National Economic Recovery.” BI-FAST is described as a payment system infrastructure offered by Bank Indonesia and accessible via applications offered by the payment system industry “to… Read More

Investree and Netbank to Increase Support for SMEs in the Philippines

Investree reveals that it has strengthened its commitment to support the development of SMEs across the Philippines by working cooperatively with Netbank, a banking as a service platform in the Southeast Asian country that offers “low-cost and high-quality banking services.” Via the collaboration, Netbank allocated… Read More

Indonesian Fintech Flip Secures $48M via Series B led by Sequoia Capital India, Insight Partners, Insignia Venture Partners

Indonesia’s Flip, a consumer payments platform, confirmed that it has secured $48 million via a Series B round that has been co-led by Sequoia Capital India, Insight Partners, and Insignia Ventures Partners. Flip’s latest investment round notably marks Insight Partners’, a New York-headquartered private equity… Read More

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