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Singapore’s United Overseas Bank (UOB) partners with proptech innovator SoReal to launch SME property valuation solution.
Bank of China and IBMannounces plans to collaborate on digital transformation, customer experience enhancement, and other innovations in financial services.
North Korea announces plans to develop its own cryptocurrency.
United Bank of Africa (UBA) inks deal with U.S.-based fintech Ovamba Solutions.
FairMoney picks up nearly $11 million in funding to help build a new digital bank in Nigeria.
As Finovate goes increasingly global, so does our coverage of financial technology. Finovate Global: Fintech News from Around the World is our weekly look at fintech innovation in developing economies in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Middle East and Northern Africa
RISQTeams Up with Aion Digital to Boost SME Lending in MENA.
ACI Worldwideteams up with Egyptian Banks Company, which will leverage ACI’s UP Retail Payments solution.
The Financial Services Regulatory Authority (FSRA) of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) has begun issuing digital banking licenses.
Central and Southern Asia
Bangalore-based neobank for workers NiYO raises $35 million in new funding.
WebMoney Transfer goes live with its WMY wallet in Uzbekistan.
India’s Recko, a company that provides AI-powered digital transaction reconciliation, picks up $1 million in seed capital.
Swiss payments technology company BPC opens offices in Pakistan.
Nikkei Asian Review highlightsVymo and its entrance to the Japanese market.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Jumio to power digital identity for Brazil-based BTG Pactual.
Mexico’s Sr.Pago announces partnership with American Express.
Mastercard Brazil partners with Airfox and banQi to bring lower-cost banking options to Brazilian customers.
Bank of Thailand implements SimCorp Dimension to manage its reserve management and monetary policy operations.
Vietnam’s central bank warns against fraud in the P2P lending market.
Regulators in the Philippines introduce new rules governing crowdfunding.
Temenos to power digital transformation for Rwanda’s Bank of Kigali. The company will also replace core and front office legacy systems for South African microfinancier Barko
Ghana to launch universal QR code payment method later this year.
Mobile payments startup OPay raises $50 million in funding in round led by Sequoia China, IDG Capital, and Source Code Capital.
Central and Eastern Europe
Settlelaunches its mobile payments app in Croatia.
Czech-based fintech developer Turing Technology closes second round of funding.
Slovenia’s Telekom Slovenije introduces its mobile wallet.
Mastercard has teamed up with P27 Nordic Payments Platform to deliver fast, cross-border, multi-currency account to account payments across the Nordic region, reports Jane Connolly of Fintech Futures (Finovate’s sister publication).
The partners claim this is a world first in terms of a real-time and batch multi-currency platform, which will offer immediate payments with lower costs, higher security and increased competitiveness.
P27 Nordic Payments Platform is owned by Danske Bank, Handelsbanken, Nordea, OP Financial Group, SEB and Swedbank.
After establishing the underlying infrastructure, the partnership will look to develop further common products and services based on the platform.
Javier Perez, president Europe at Mastercard, said the partnership is “evidence of Mastercard’s vision to drive real choice by being the trusted provider of new payment experiences and broadening our reach into fast bank account payment flows. The Nordic markets are global leaders in the development and usage of electronic payments and this new infrastructure will maintain their advantage over the rest of the world.”
Lars Sjögren, CEO of P27 Nordic Payments Platform, believes that the single interface will make it easier for banks to handle all payments, both domestically and internationally.
He added: “This is change for real. By joining forces across the Nordics, we will be able to develop instant payment solutions in a way that each country never would accomplish by themselves.”
Banks will benefit from real-time views of multiple active schemes, participant information, balances across schemes and a data-rich message set.
The new platform is subject to regulatory approvals and final investment commitments.
Earlier this year, Mastercard teamed up with fellow Finovate alum Strands to demo the Strands SME Cash Flow Manager enhanced by Mastercard Technology at FinovateSpring. The solution is a digitization tool designed specifically to help meet the needs of SME banking. Previously, Mastercard partnered with Vipera, to demo the Milan, Italy-based company’s SME-Pay mobile payment solution at FinovateEurope 2018.
A new partnership between U.K.-based payment and loyalty marketing platform Yoyo and Mastercard’s mobile payment service, Pay by Bank (PbBa), will bring a new, secure and fast payment option – and merchant-specific, personalized rewards – to high street retail.
The new offering is expected for later in the year for both retail and bank customers. It will enable users to make transactions using Pay by Bank in physical stores, and earn retail specific loyalty, rewards, and other personalized offers.
“We are delighted to be working with Mastercard and Pay by Bank app,” Yoyo CEO Michael Rolph said. “We’ve always believed that adding both security and value to the payments process is crucial for the future of bricks and mortar retail, and this partnership is going to significantly enhance the customer experience for PbBa users.”
Pay by Bank was developed by Mastercard’s Vocalink division and enables consumers to make payments from their bank account via their mobile banking app without requiring additional password verification. Launched in 2016, the app offers bank grade security which, combined with Yoyo’s double tokenization technology, keeps payment data and user identity protected.
“The combined Yoyo and Pay by Bank app proposition will provide both customers and retailers with added speed and security at the point of sale,” Rolph said, “as well as an omnichannel payment and loyalty experience that is unrivaled in the market.”
With more than 1.5 million users – including 750,000+ active monthly users – and processing three million transactions a month, Yoyo demonstrated its retailer-specific bank card loyalty offering at FinovateEurope earlier this year. Just a few weeks ago the company announced that former Mastercard executive David Yates would join Yoyo as chairman.
In April, the company partnered with PAUL UK to help the French bakery launch its first mobile payments and loyalty app. Yoyo began 2019 teaming up with SOHO Coffee to build a payments and loyalty solution for the artisan coffee chain.
Founded in 2013, Yoyo has raised $60.3 million in funding. SOSV and Hard Yaka are among the company’s investors.