The Fintech Facilitation Office acts as an initiator of industry research in identifying potential applications and risks of fintech solutions.
The HKMA began the research on DLT in 2016 and has published two whitepapers to deliver the results.
The HKMA facilitated the development of eTradeConnect, a blockchain-based trade finance platform.
The HKMA launched the CFI in December 2016 with a view to raising the cyber resilience of Hong Kong’s banking system.
The HKMA published an Open API Framework in July 2018 to facilitate the development and adoption of Open API by the banking sector.
The Hub was launched in November 2016 in collaboration with the Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute to provide a neutral ground for innovative collaboration for the fintech industry. The Hub is equipped with hardware, software, and experts to enable banks, stored value facilities operators, fintech firms, and the HKMA to try out and evaluate new fintech solutions, and to conduct Proof-of-Concept trials.
In collaboration with the three note-issuing banks, the Hong Kong Interbank Clearing Limited and the R3 consortium, the HKMA conducted a study on CBDC with a view to better understanding its feasibility, implications and possible benefits through exploring its use in domestic inter-bank payments, corporate payments at wholesale level and delivery-versus-payment debt securities settlement.
In May 2019, the HKMA signed a fintech Memorandum of Understanding with the Bank of Thailand to foster fintech collaboration. One potential project under consideration by the two authorities is a joint research on CBDC. The HKMA will continue to study the development and impact of CBDC with other central banks in international organisations and at international meetings.
The HKMA conducted a survey on AI application in Q3 2019 among the Hong Kong banking industry. The results have proved valuable for understanding the current AI landscape of retail banks in Hong Kong. The key survey results on retail banks were summarised in a fact sheet and published in November 2019.