The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) signed and exchanged a Co-operation Agreement (“Agreement”) in Hong Kong today (25 October 2017) to strengthen co-operation on fintech, with a view to bolstering ties between the two cities and fostering fintech development within the region.
The HKMA and MAS will collaborate on a number of initiatives, including joint innovation projects, referrals of innovative businesses, information sharing and exchange of expertise, to facilitate financial innovation in Hong Kong and Singapore. The Agreement, signed between heads of the two organisations, was exchanged at the Fintech Day organised by the HKMA.
The two authorities have also committed to working on a strategy project on trade finance cross-border infrastructure, based on Distributed Ledger Technology, as their first collaborative initiative, which will facilitate cross-border trade and financing. Details will be announced by the two authorities next month.
Mr Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the HKMA, said, “Hong Kong and Singapore are the two leading international financial centres in the region and are actively deploying fintech. Collaboration between the HKMA and MAS will create significant synergy for the development of fintech and more efficient fund flows between the two markets.”
Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS, said, “MAS is delighted to embark on this FinTech partnership with Hong Kong. This is one of our more significant FinTech co-operation agreements, given the extensive financial and trade linkages between Singapore and Hong Kong. We are especially pleased that we have a live project to enhance the trade finance corridor between the two financial centres.”
Hong Kong Monetary Authority
25 October 2017
Mr Shu-pui Li, Executive Director of the HKMA (left) and Mr Roy Teo, Head, Financial Centre Development Department of MAS (right) exchange the Co-operation Agreement, which was signed between heads of the two organisations, at the HKMA Fintech Day today.