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BFC FinTech Monitor 5th – 13th March

Stay up-to-date on all the all the latest FinTech news and information from around the world in the BFC FinTech Monitor.  Around the World: Amsterdam will play host to the Money 20/20 international FinTech conference in mid-June. Confirmed speakers include experts from Goldman Sachs, Netflix and Airbnb. According to a …

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BFC FinTech Monitor 27th February – 5th March

Stay up-to-date on all the all the latest FinTech news and information from around the world in the BFC FinTech Monitor and telegram channel FinTech Wave.   Around the World: ATMmarketplace.com has released a new report on the main digital banking trends. It revealed that (1) Apple has set new standards, …

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BFC FinTech Monitor 20th – 27th February

Stay up-to-date on all the all the latest FinTech news and information from around the world in the BFC FinTech Monitor and telegram channel FinTech Wave. Around the World: In 2019, FinTech startups attracted a total of USD 34.5 billion in investments (1,913 total transactions). Nearly half of this amount (USD …

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An overview of biometrics in the former Soviet Union

How are financial institutions in the former Soviet Union using biometrics? Are investments made into these solutions always justified? This short overview will get you up-to-date. Russia: Leading Russian developers are currently implementing the Unified Biometric System project, which is being led by biometric specialists who have strong experience in …

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BFC FinTech Monitor 13th-20th February

Stay up-to-date on all the all the latest FinTech news and information from around the world in the BFC FinTech Monitor and in the telegram channel FinTech Wave.   Around the World: Analysts with Juniper Research predict that the volume of contactless payments will triple within just 4 years’ time. …

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BFC FinTech Monitor 3rd January – 12th February

Stay up-to-date on all the all the latest FinTech news and information from around the world in the BFC FinTech Monitor.   Around the World: American FinTech startup Remitly has launched a neobank for immigrants, allowing them to transfer funds to their homelands without documents establishing residency in the United …

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7 developments awaiting the Russian banking sector in 2020

Russia’s banking market has already proven itself to be very dynamic. But with changing regulations, new business models and new innovations coming to market, 2020 promises to be an interesting year for banking in Russia. Here are 7 trends expected to define banking in Russia this year: Ecosystems and super-apps …

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Ukrainian payment sector highlighted at Visa Cashless Forum

Earlier this year, Kiev played host to the 4th Visa Cashless Forum. In total, more than 300 participants gathered to discuss this year’s topic: “Driving the Future”. During the event, leading experts lead discussions surrounding trends and directions in the development of the payment sector in Ukraine. Some of the …

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Key innovations changing Russia’s financial services industry

Digital transformation of the Russian financial sector already has a solid base. And with more and more Russians taking advantage of remote service channels and becoming connected to regular internet access, there is tremendous growth potential for digitalization in Russia. In order for this to come to fruition, there are …

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How technology can help grow Kazakhstan’s insurance market

Insurance markets are changing all over the world thanks to digital innovations. This includes: changes to calculation models, increased competition (due to the rise of insurance platforms), a rise in the use of online data analysis, actuary skill development and new car insurance models. Although suffering from a number of …

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Ongoing digitalization efforts in Kazakhstan

Consumers choose to use digital services for one main reason – it solves an issue. In Kazakhstan, however, the adoption of digital services has been somewhat lower than in other countries. While a part of this lower adoption rate may be due to the consumer base in the country, the …

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The state of FinTechs in Ukraine

FinTech is a booming industry in Ukraine, with more than 100 such companies operating in the country today (58% of which were founded in the last 3 years). Because of the relative youth of the sector in Ukraine, most are now either just starting sales (24%) or working to scale …

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Reform efforts driving Uzbekistan’s financial sector development

In recent years, the banking sector of Uzbekistan has been undergoing a number of reform efforts aimed at improving the availability and quality of financial services, something important for sustained economic growth. The main priorities have been on the further development of payment systems, strengthening the financial stability of credit …

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Cybersecurity as a service – a new global trend

Cybersecurity as a service is part of a wider global trend toward the sharing economy model, in which consumers pay for a service over time as opposed to buy a product outright. As with most breakthrough concepts, cybersecurity as a service has gone from a few small startups with a …

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Kazakhstani police launch investigation into data leak

Kazakhstani police are investigating the leak of the personal data of Kazakhstani citizens. Earlier this year, it was discovered that an online database containing the personal data of about 11 million Kazakhstani voters was freely available to anyone for viewing and/or downloading. The data contained in the database was current …

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Russia’s Big Data Association to create Big Data sandbox

The Big Data Association has announced its intention to create a sandbox for working with the anonymized personal data of association customers, including data on purchases, payment types and mobile-related data. The Big Data Association hopes that the sandbox will allow association members to better design products and services. There …

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New Uzbek law defines fines, prison time for manipulating personal data

Amendments and additions to Uzbekistan’s criminal code and administrative responsibility code governing the use of personal data have been signed into law. The updated legislation outlines a schedule of fines and prison time for the illegal collection, systematization, storage, addition, use, provision, distribution, transfer, depersonalization and destruction of personal data. …

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Big Data in Kazakhstan: press review

Big Data technologies are gradually entering the Kazakh market. Large companies use solutions based on them, schools of big data analysts open, state projects on digitalization are launched. A lot of materials on this topic have been published in the local media this year, here are the main ones.   …

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Big Data in Uzbekistan: government initiatives

Government is the main initiator of Big Data activities in Uzbekistan. Here are the main ones this year.   The first BI analysts school in UZ The first school of BI analysts ASPEX BI SCHOOL has been opened at Inha University in Tashkent this March. Students can undergo three-month training …

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