The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) on September 18 signed a FinTech Co-operation Agreement (CA) to facilitate regulatory collaboration and partnership in FinTech.
The agreement will promote:
- Regulatory Sandbox Collaboration – MAS and IFSCA will leverage existing regulatory sandboxes in their respective jurisdictions to support experimentation of technology innovations. This includes referral of companies to each other’s regulatory sandboxes and enable innovative cross-border experiments in both jurisdictions. The CA will also allow MAS and IFSCA to evaluate the suitability of use cases which could benefit from collaboration across multiple jurisdictions, and invite relevant jurisdictions to participate in a Global Regulatory Sandbox.
- Sharing of Information – MAS and IFSCA will share non-supervisory related information and developments on innovation in financial products and services, facilitate discussions on emerging FinTech issues and participate in joint innovation projects.
The CA was signed by the Chief FinTech Officer of MAS, Sopnendu Mohanty, and Chief Technology Officer of IFSCA, Joseph Joshy, and witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, and Deputy Chairman of MAS, Mr Lawrence Wong, and Finance Minister of Gujarat, Mr Kanubhai Desai, Chairperson of IFSCA, Mr Injeti Srinivas, Chairman of GIFT Company Ltd., Mr Sudhir Mankad, and Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of GIFT Company Ltd., Mr Tapan Ray.
Mohanty, said, “This CA builds on the Memorandum of Understanding on Supervisory Co-operation signed between MAS and IFSCA in July 2022. The cross-border testing of use cases between Singapore and India will pave the way for operationalising a broader collaboration framework for FinTech use cases involving multiple jurisdictions.”
Welcoming the partnership with Joshy, said, “This agreement is a watershed moment that ushers in a FinTech Bridge to serve as a launch pad for Indian FinTechs to Singapore and landing pad for Singapore FinTechs to India, leveraging the Regulatory Sandboxes. The possibility of global collaboration on suitable use cases through a Global Regulatory Sandbox is an exciting opportunity for the FinTech Ecosystem.”