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Click here to download. Data is an asset. Many of today‚Äôs successful companies are based on data-driven business models. Big tech businesses are naturally leading the way, but across all sectors businesses are under pressure to leverage or monetize data. Monetizing data can be done in various ways, such as personalizing products or services, making manufacturing or logistic processes more efficient, automating tasks and operations, engaging in targeted advertising and improving internal systems, just to…

Given the increasing reliance of Financial Institutions (FIs) on technology and online systems and the increasing threat of cyber attacks, it is timely that the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) issued, on 4 September 2018, a set of minimum standards on technology risk and cybersecurity management by FIs in Malaysia – the Risk Management in Technology policy document (RMiT). The RMiT has been issued as an exposure draft which it is intended will come into force on…

On 5 September 2017, the Assistant Governor of the Central Bank of Malaysia (BNM) announced that BNM will issue regulatory parameters for the conduct of electronic know-your-customer (e-KYC) processes for remittance transactions.Following the announcement, on 30 November 2017, BNM issued a supplementary document (Supplementary Document) which supplements the policy document on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) (Existing Policy Document). This will apply to remittance service providers licensed under the Money Services Business…

On 7 December 2017, Bank Negara Malaysia (ie, the Central Bank of Malaysia) (BNM) issued an exposure draft of the Interoperable Credit Transfer Framework (Exposure Draft) to invite public and industry feedback on the proposed introduction of interoperable credit transfer services that leverage on a shared payment infrastructure in Malaysia. The Exposure Draft is part of BNM’s continuous efforts to migrate the nation towards the use of electronic payments. Through the proposed Interoperable Credit Transfer Framework…

The UAE continues to embrace technology innovation in line with its government’s ‘Smart Dubai’ initiative to transform Dubai into the world’s smartest city. With Emirates NBD having recently launched the UAE’s first ‘digital only’ bank, digital payment systems have become a key area of focus.A new e-Payment RegulationOn 1 January 2017, the UAE Central Bank issued the Regulatory Framework For Stored Values and Electronic Payment Systems (“e-Payment Regulation”). The main objectives are facilitating the adoption…

There has been unprecedented growth in the FinTech industry, with investment in the sector estimated to be upwards of $19 Billion in 2015. Technology companies have achieved success in the mobile payment space, while peer-to-peer lenders have services challenging traditional bank loans. Tech companies are starting to offer blockchain and similar distributed ledger products that challenge the role of settlement intermediaries. Not to be outdone, bank and other financial institutions have moved aggressively into FinTech…