Through Open Banking and Open Finance, OBE Asia promotes financial inclusivity

Staff ni Anjie
The non-profit Open Banking Exchange (OBE), which has had significant success in Europe and the United Kingdom, has launched its Asian wing to improve financial inclusion in the region through Open Finance and Open Banking. Thousands of Asian MSMEs and startups will be able to scale and expand their markets thanks to OBE's approach of connecting member companies with financial institutions and providing tools, platforms, and support to help build responses to industry difficulties. Brankas, Southeast Asia's top Open Finance technology business, will assist OBE's Asian partner in promoting and advancing financial accessibility and services throughout these areas.

Through Open Banking and Open Finance, OBE Asia promotes financial inclusivity
Through Open Banking and Open Finance, OBE Asia promotes financial inclusivity.

During a public webinar, Todd Schweitzer, OBE Asia Director, and Brankas CEO, said that OBE's presence in Asia will facilitate a better and more thorough knowledge of what enables more sustainable Open Banking across nations. "This is the first time the OBE has collected together use cases, nomenclature, taxonomy, technical standards, and lessons learned - both good and bad - and put them in one place," he said. Governments, financial institutions, MSMEs, and other organizations benefit from OBE's activities throughout Asia. The Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), and the Thai Bankers Association, for example, can quickly examine "the balance of policies and frameworks that they can actually learn from a single repository."

Schweitzer also cited the Philippines as an example of a country that has established rules to foster governance innovation and the implementation of Open Finance regulations. He also praised the BSP's Open Finance Oversight Committee (OFOC) and the National Privacy Commission for their efforts in the impending establishment of regulatory sandboxes for new technologies and solutions.

With members from Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, OBE fosters collaboration, discussion, and learning, specifically about Open Banking and Open Finance. Meanwhile, OBE Managing Director John Broxis noted that the further advancement of technology can provide more MSMEs in Asia with the same chance. He also emphasized what institutions in the region must do to move forward, as many of them still have major variations in their definitions of Open Banking — and, by extension, practices.

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"They have to be brought together... allowing them to have that talk," Broxis explained. "It's basically about coming to us for clear, simple information about what's going on in a language they can comprehend, in this case across Asia."

Broxis went on to say that continual collaboration is critical because technology and the industry are constantly changing and evolving. "There will be distinct use cases, as well as varied actors and roles, because different countries have different goals and motivations for pursuing Open Banking, such as financial inclusion, competition, and promoting innovation." We'll share these with you as folks come in to discuss them throughout 2022."

"With Europe, it's a very top-down approach, and it's the regulators who decide competitiveness and who are basically requiring banks to comply," Schweitzer, wearing his Brankas hat, said of the variations in the growth of Open Finance in different locations. However, in Southeast Asia, it is essentially a bottom-up, commercially driven process, with authorities setting industry rules."

Schweitzer addressed their unique problems, challenges, and opportunities as the CEO of Brankas, a technological business that provides financial services to several nations throughout Asia. Indonesia has a top-down, ambitious approach to payment legislation. Thailand's BOT is quietly preparing an Open Banking Roadmap for 2022. Singapore has an excellent commercial model with numerous guidelines and programs while also being an early adopter of Open Banking.

Following the introduction, Broxis indicated that OBE will develop its own road map for 2022, including educational webinars, training programs, and country-by-country deployment. Its goal is to help businesses and systems in the region become more technologically advanced, fostering the establishment of Open Banking and Open Finance in Asia, similar to what OBE has done in Europe and the Americas.

Visit to learn more about OBE and its future goals, and to learn more about Brankas and their activities in Southeast Asia.

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