Singapore FinTech Festival 2017

SPOTLIGHT

Road to fintech

I'VE a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. Welcome to the second Singapore FinTech Festival, the world's largest fintech event where speakers gathering in the city-state are primed to talk digital with tens of thousands of delegates from all over the world.

AS TECHNOLOGY relentlessly marches on, Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is committed to staying ahead. Be it in exploring biometric authentication technologies, implementing artificial intelligence (AI) in contact centres, or testing blockchain technology for cross- border trade transactions, SMBC is adopting new technologies and promoting digitalisation across its businesses, says Head of SMBC Asia Pacific Ryuji Nishisaki.

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SOME 20 global banks are expected to join the landmark partnership between Singapore and Hong Kong to build a blockchain-powered trade network - the first in the world and one that could cement the two trade hubs' position as global players - said two top central bankers from Singapore and Hong Kong.

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FUNDING for fintechs in Asean is surging, fuelled by the potential of the region's young and underbanked population.

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TECHNOLOGY can both exacerbate and reduce various forms of inequality, which raises an urgent question of how fintech can be effectively wielded as a tool for financial inclusion.

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INDUSTRY and academia have for the first time tied up in a nationwide collaboration to better equip Singaporeans with the right skills to take up infocomm technology jobs in the financial industry.

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AS TECHNOLOGY relentlessly marches on, Japanese banking giant Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) is committed to staying ahead. Be it in exploring biometric authentication technologies, implementing artificial intelligence (AI) in contact centres, or testing blockchain technology for cross- border trade transactions, SMBC is adopting new technologies and promoting digitalisation across its businesses, says Head of SMBC Asia Pacific Ryuji Nishisaki.

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"DO not collect $200. Go straight to jail."

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THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (KNF) have signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement which lays out a framework for cooperation and referrals between the two regulators.

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SINGAPORE'S first blockchain-based digital-trade platform for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) will be ready come the first quarter of the new year. Called Fasttrack Trade (FTT), it will enable SMEs to seek business partners, buy and sell goods and buy insurance on a single platform.

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SINGAPORE is laying the groundwork to stay on top as a trading hub, with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Tuesday setting an early-2019 deadline for the roll-out of a global trade connectivity network (GTCN) with its Hong Kong counterpart.

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IN A move to spur more experimentation and collaboration in the local fintech scene, a new fintech innovation hub is being set up in the heart of the Central Business District.

SINGAPORE plans to work with partners in Hong Kong and Canada in developing the use of blockchain technology, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Tuesday.

SINGAPORE'S local and overseas payment systems are getting a big boost with a rollout of initiatives to beef up the Republic's cashless efforts, and plans for payment linkages with neighbouring countries.

We take you through the start of Singapore's fintech journey in 2015 right up to this year's Fintech Festival.

Who will be exhibiting and where you can find them.