April Wu

China Market Strategy

October 19, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Oct 19

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Commercial Bank of Africa targets growth in SME market

The Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA) has introduced a revamped Business Banking proposition, aimed at strengthening the banks position in the Kshs. 807 trillion Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) market. >>

2 – Mobile banking users in Indonesia remains low

Research institute Microsave reported that only 0.73 percent of cellphone users in Indonesia have utilized online financial services. >>

3 – VN banks playing catch-up to online buyers

As the country moves toward deeper integration, banks are striving to improve their information and technology systems in order to catch up with new trends and to ensure customer safety. Globalization and interconnectivity come with information and technology risks. In addition, the presence of financial technology (fintech) also has reshaped the financial services sector. >>

4 – Payment solutions key to e-commerce success in the Philippines

While online retail has seen a boost with the popularity of e- and m-commerce channels, supporting business processes like payments must mature for e-commerce to be truly viable in the country. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

October 5, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Oct 5

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – CIMB Bank gets licence to operate full subsidiary in Vietnam

CIMB Bank has obtained the licence to operate in Vietnam, and aims to start offering the full range of commercial and retail banking products in the country by December. >>

2 – Fintech adoption to increase soon, PwC partner says

Many Thai banks have been either doing business related to fintech or joining hands with fintech start-ups to provide customers a greater variety of financial products and services. >>

3 – Thailand Banking Industry Report – 2016

This report profiles Thailand’s banking industry, discussing market trends through the first half of 2016 and outlook for 2016 and beyond. The report also highlights leading players in the sector including Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), Bangkok Bank (BBL), Kasikorn Bank (KBANK), Krung Thai Bank (KTB), and Bank of Ayudhya (BAY). >>

4 – Vietnam: Australia’s fastest growing ASEAN trade partner

Vietnam is now Australia’s fastest growing trade partner in Southeast Asia as a result of the ASEAN Australia New Zealand free trade agreement (AANZFTA), according to a recent HSBC report. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

September 21, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Sep 21

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – Malaysian banks spur Cambodia’s growth

Malaysian banks like Public Bank and Maybank are reaping good profits from their foray into Cambodia, including offering affordable housing loans that is strict in Malaysia at present. >>

2 – Shinhan Bank starts operation in Myanmar as first Korean bank

Shinhan said on Sept. 20 that it has opened its Yangon branch in Myanmar to start its operation for customers for the first time as a Korean Bank. >>

3 – Banks, telco regulator create five step m-banking security plan for Thailand

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) hosted a meeting with representatives from the Bank of Thailand, the Thai Bankers Association and the Telecommunications Association of Thailand. The participants have agreed on a five-step plan to tighten Know Your Customer (KYC) rules to increase confidence in eBanking and mobile banking in the run up to the launch of Thailand’s Promptpay national mobile payments system. >>

4 – How PH can keep up with Asean neighbors

The Philippines would need to improve infrastructure, facilitate ease of doing business, streamline government services, and cut red tape to attract more foreign investors into the country. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

September 7, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Sep 7

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – CIMB gets licence to start banking business in Vietnam

CIMB Group Holdings Bhd has been granted an operating licence to start a banking business in Vietnam. >>

2 – Partnering with fintech start-ups a win-win solution: UOB

Fintech start-up applications could efficiently fill gaps in financial services that banks were unable to work on, such as unbankable small and medium enterprises (SMEs). >>

3 – Indonesia : Integration scheme to ease e-payments

Consumers want to conduct daily payments cheaply and without hassle, presenting regulators with the task of ensuring that each player in the banking and IT sectors works together for the benefit of consumers. >>

4 – Japanese banks eye Africa

KYODO – THE three mega-banks said they will expand their businesses in Africa, following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge last weekend to bolster measures to boost investment in the resource-rich continent. >>

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April Wu

China Market Strategy

August 24, 2016

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Banking News This Week – Aug 24

The top 5 banking news stories in emerging markets this week.

1 – WATCH: Banking on Africa’s unbanked

Just one in five Africans have a bank account. This is an enormous opportunity for companies looking to bank the unbanked but it doesn’t come without a few challenges. >>

2 – 4 million unbanked Filipinos to benefit from credit scoring

Four million unbanked Filipinos are seen to benefit from the nascent credit scoring industry, a development that is seen to provide those at the bottom of the economy an easy access to credit once the service is available to the public. >>

3 – After rapid expansion, banks in Vietnam settle into stability

Many banks here have emerged much stronger from the NPLs(Non Performing Loans) crisis, with better risk management practices, improved systems, and stronger management. >>

4 – Krungsri committed to branch network growth

By assets, Krungsri is ranked the fifth-largest Thai bank, but its current number of branches, 644, is well behind the 1,100-1,200 at each of the top four banks: Bangkok Bank, Krungthai Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and Kasikornbank. >>

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