Singapore Cooperated with Indian State Government to Explore FinTech

The central bank of Singapore cooperated with the government of the Indian state of Maharashtra to jointly explore FinTech initiatives in areas including blockchain technology
26 February 2018   707

On Monday, The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Government of Maharashtra (GoM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in promoting FinTech innovation including blockchain technology in the two markets.

Two entities will explore joint innovation projects that will see the application of financial technologies including blockchain, digital and mobile payments and big data. According to the MoU’s terms, it will enable regulatory discussions and an exchange of information and data on FinTech-related trends in order to encourage the development of the sector.

It is believed that this agreement will foster engagements between FinTech startups in Singapore and Indian state Maharashtra. A FinTech-based curriculum developed for educational programs in the Indian state is also being considered.

More than that, in Mumbai, will be established a Centre of Excellence (COE) and a marketplace for Singapore-based FinTech solutions.

The creation of a Centre of Excellence and marketplace for FinTech solutions in Maharashtra could create more opportunities for Singapore-based FinTech firms.

Sopnendu Mohanty

MAS FinTech chief

Experts Ask China Don't be in Rush For Own Crypto

Ex deputy chairman of the Bank of China said the CB should take part in the development of international regulation of crypto assets firstly
27 January 2020   123

China should strengthen cooperation with other countries to regulate the cryptocurrency industry, and not accelerate the development of its own digital currency, experts say. It is reported by the South China Morning Post.

So, the former deputy chairman of the People’s Bank of China, Zhu Min, noted that the central bank, which is developing a digital yuan in many ways as Facebook’s Libra response, should first of all take part in the development of international regulation of such assets.

Ba Shusong, chief China economist for the Hong Kong stock exchange, also believes that monitoring digital currencies requires a system that is controlled from different angles, as they have the potential to change the global financial system.

You would need to first improve the regulatory framework for [financial] technology. There is a need for global cooperation for an alternative regulatory framework.

 

Ba Shusong

Chief China economist for the Hong Kong stock exchange

 

Many fear that the popularity of Libra could strengthen the dominant role of the US dollar. At the same time, Deutsche Bank analysts believe that the digital yuan will undermine the primacy of the dollar in the global financial market.

Hiromi Yamaoka, the ex-head of the Bank of Japan supervisor of payment and settlement systems, also emphasized that the upcoming launch of Libra has caused competition among central banks seeking to make their currencies and services more attractive.

Something like Libra would make transactions costs much cheaper. Major central banks need to appeal that they, too, are making efforts to make settlement more efficient with better use of digital technology.

 

Hiromi Yamaoka

Former head of the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) division overseeing payment and settlement systems