This Week in Fintech - Asia | 03rd Sept, 2022

Fintech news, updates and fund raise announcements from Asia for the week ending 03rd Sept, 2022.

This Week in Fintech - Asia | 03rd Sept, 2022

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📊Chart of the week

Source: Bloomberg


🇮🇳 India

📰 Market Updates

  • India's fintech sector and global technology companies are planning to lobby against RBI's recent digital lending guidelines.
  • NPCI, India's retail payments body, directed payment apps to not charge bill payment fees on their platforms.
  • BharatPe claimed to have achieved $20bn in annualised payments throughput.
  • RBI is reportedly planning to set up a "fraud registry" which will have a centralised database of websites, phone numbers, email ID and IP address used in digital frauds.
  • An investigation by an Indian news agency revealed that banks' tech systems are unable to keep pace with rising payment load and fast digital changes.
  • NPCI, India's retail payments body, is purchasing a 9-10% stake in India's Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC).
  • OkCredit, a SMB accounting SaaS startup, is seeking acquirers.
  • India's GDP expanded by 13.5% in Q1 (Apr-Jun) FY23.
  • Jar*, a savings and investment startup, claimed to be processing 250K+ UPI transactions daily.
  • Google announced that it will launch a pilot for third-party, in-app billing.

🚀 Product Launches

  • ICICI Bank partnered with NPCI to launch the first RuPay credit card.
  • Mahila Money launched a pre-paid card for women entrepreneurs.
  • ICICI Bank partnered with NPCI to launch the first RuPay credit card.
  • Ziploan, a SME lending startup, partnered with StrideOne to launch SME credit products.
  • Snapdeal partnered with Bank of Baroda to launch a co-branded credit card.

📝 Regulatory Updates

  • RBI (central bank): Launched a pilot to digitise agri-lending via the Kisan Credit Card. Issued clarifications and further guidelines for immediate implementation of digital lending regulations.

💰 Financing Announcements

  1. Tortise, a save now buy later startup, raised an undisclosed amount.

CORRECTION: In last week's edition, it was wrongly mentioned that EarlySalary raised $97mm. EarlySalary announced raising $110mm.

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🌏 Asia

📰 Market Updates

  • According to a survey conducted by Google and Quinlan Associates, 60% of fintech executives stated that Hong Kong was "uncompetitive" for fintech, citing regulation, set-up costs and a "severe talent gap" as the primary causes.
  • ADDX, Asian private markets exchange, partnered with OCBC Bank's Lion Global Investors to launch a feature allowing investors to earn income on idle cash in their wallet.
  • There are a total of six digital banks that have been awarded digital banking licenses to operate in Philippines.
  • Samsung announced its plans to launch a digital asset exchange in South Korea by 2023.
  • Central Banks of Indonesia and Singapore have begun integrating their payment systems to launch a QR code base cross border payment system. The launch is expected in 2023.
  • Safepay is launching Visa's Cybersource in Pakistan.
  • MAS, Singapore's central bank, is planning new crypto rules to limit retail investors exposure to crypto. The rules may include curbs on leverage.
  • BSP, the Philippine central bank, released its Financial Inclusion Survey results which stated that bank account ownership surged to 56% of the population in 2021 from 29% in 2019.
  • Validus purchased Citi Singapore's SME loans in a $100mm securitisation facility.
  • Thunes, a cross border payments company, partnered with AliPay+, a suite of cross border payments solutions, to launch Asian payments acceptance for European merchants.
  • Dana, an Indonesian payments co., partnered with Brankas, an Indonesian finance infra startup, to launch open finance infra in Bangladesh.
  • Trust Bank, the Singaporean digital bank of Standard Chartered and FairPrice group, launched its digital banking services.
  • A Thai youtuber allegedly cheated her followers of $55mm in a forex trading scam.
  • Indonesia's trade minister announced that the country will launch its crypto bourse, a digital assets exchange, by the end of 2022.

💰 Financing Announcements

  • Lightnet, a Singaporean blockchain-based cross border payment company, raised $50mm.
  • Banco, a Singaporean financial inclusion and SME lending startup, raised $6.7mm.
  • International Payments Identity (iPiD), a cross border payments identity management startup, raised $3.3mm.
  • AdiWisista, a P2P lending startup, raised $1.75mm.

ACQUISITION:

  • GoTo acquired Kripto Maksima Koin, an Indonesian crypto exchange for $8.4mm

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