Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20231117)*

IOSCO publishes crypto markets policy recommendations

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published its conclusive report containing policy suggestions for crypto-asset and digital asset markets, after a consultation period that started in May 2023. The recommendations aim to help establish a coordinated global regulatory response to the risks posed by crypto-asset service providers (CASPs), including market abuse, conflict of interest, client asset protection and disclosures. The regulatory approach taken is consistent with IOSCO’s principles and associated standards for securities markets regulation, and IOSCO denied crypto industry requests for a bespoke regime for stablecoins. [Read more at IOSCO]

Launch of cross-border real-time payments between Singapore and Malaysia

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) have jointly launched a real-time payment systems linkage between Singapore’s PayNow and Malaysia’s DuitNow. The initiative follows the QR payment linkage announced in March 2023 which enabled cross-border QR payments to merchants. The PayNow-DuitNow linkage enables instant, secure and cost-effective P2P fund transfers and remittances between the two countries using the recipient’s mobile phone number or virtual payments address. This real-time payment systems linkage is also the first to include the participation of non-bank financial institutions from both countries. [Read more at the MAS]

Launch of cross-border QR payments linkage between Indonesia and Singapore

Bank Indonesia and the MAS launched the cross-border quick response (QR) payment linkage between Indonesia and Singapore. This linkage enables customers of participating financial institutions to make seamless cross-border retail payments using their existing mobile banking applications to scan QRIS (Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard) or NETS QR codes displayed by merchants in Indonesia and Singapore respectively. [Read more at the MAS]

PBOC, HKMA conduct technical testing on cross-border payments of digital yuan

The Digital Currency Institute of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) are carrying out the second phase of technical testing on the use of digital yuan in cross-border payments, involving more banks in Hong Kong and the use of the Fast Payment System to top up digital yuan wallets. Earlier in November 2023, the Octopus Cards Limited (OCL) e-payment platform and the Bank of China in Hong Kong started to explore new digital yuan application scenarios, with a view to benefitting both mainland visitors to Hong Kong and Hong Kong residents visiting the mainland. [Read more at the Global Times]

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– Currency Research Americas Cash Cycle & Payments Seminar (Orlando Florida on November 27-30)[Register here]

– Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]

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