This model is tested in other countries as well, with the intention of limiting the risk for consumer and the stability of the financial system, with a framework that should not be too stringent in order to let innovation flourish. The first step in building this sandbox should be for fintech firms to register with the central bank.
Along with registration it’s expected to see other interesting initiatives to support the fintech ecosystem in Thailand. A new law, that is now pending passage by the National Legislative Assembly, called the Payment Systems Act., will cover transactions not only by banks and the other traditional financial players, but also by fintech companies and other lenders, and will make possible for businesses to verify the identities of clients. Related will be the implementation of a new payment standard, the Quick Response Code.
But that’s not all. An amendment of the the law governing the National Credit Bureau (NCB), which is now waiting for the approval from Finance Ministry of Thailand, will allow P2P lenders to become members of the agency, giving them access to consumers’ credit data for loan risk assessment as part of longer term viability of the market.
Considering the whole picture, the increased interest of governments and financial regulators is definitely positive for the financial technology industry, as it is still in its infancy and requires a good infrastructure in order to continue the significant growth seen in recent times. With Singapore and Malaysia pushing hard toward the growth of the sector, and with Thailand now quickly catching up, the outlook for fintech in Southeast Asia looks promising.
Alessandro is Co-founder & CMO of Crowd Valley. He has worked in the fintech industry, with marketplace investing and lending, since 2011. Has built and managed digital companies with distributed teams and international partners, and gained experience with both startups and large corporations, having worked with British Telecom, Bloomberg and the Grow VC Group.
Alessandro grew up in Italy, where he graduated with a B.A. in Economics at University of Parma, before to obtain a M.S. in Finance at Regent’s University London. He studied and worked in many different cities, including Munich, Geneva, London, Barcelona and Valencia. Genuinely passionate about financial technology and innovation, he loves to spend his spare time traveling and discovering new cultures. You can find him on Twitter at @aleravanetti.