ASIC signs fintech agreement with Indonesian regulator

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and Indonesia’s Otoritas Jasa Keuangan (OJK) have entered a Cooperation Agreement to promote innovation in financial services in their respective markets.

The agreement, signed recently in Melbourne, establishes a framework for cooperation between OJK and ASIC in the expanding space of innovation in financial services, agreeing to share information on emerging market trends and regulatory issues arising from the growth in innovation.

John Price, ASIC Commissioner said: ‘Many fintechs are not constrained by national borders and it is fundamental that we leverage this to share views, exchange information and to discuss some of the challenges that this can create for fintech businesses and the community.’

‘This agreement is also a further reflection of the deep ties between ASIC and OJK. We look forward to working more closely with OJK on the exciting fintech developments in both our countries,’ he said.

Chairman of the OJK, Pak Muliaman said: ‘I hope this further collaboration will be able to promote innovation in our financial service markets and to deepen engagement that can be used for financial sector development in both countries.’

Indonesia, with the largest economy in south-east Asia, hosts a fast-growing financial technology sector. Fintechs are now impacting areas such as payments and transfers, financial management, insurance, lending and finance, retail banking and markets, exchanges and supporting services.

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