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India’s finance minister boosts fintech compliance with RBI meeting initiative.

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  • Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, proposes monthly virtual meetings between federal regulators and fintech companies to enhance regulatory alignment and spur innovation.
  • The initiative aims to facilitate proactive dialogue, address concerns, and streamline regulatory frameworks.

Indian Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, has initiated monthly virtual meetings between federal regulators, including the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and startup and fintech companies in order to enhance regulatory alignment and spur innovation in the sector. The initiative aims to facilitate proactive dialogue to address concerns and streamline regulatory frameworks, as highlighted during a recent meeting between Sitharaman and representatives from the fintech industry, regulatory bodies, and government departments. The discussions focused on the importance of strict regulatory compliance alongside technological advancement in developing the financial services landscape.

Against the backdrop of recent regulatory actions, including measures against Paytm Payments Bank, the meeting sought to allay concerns while fostering a conducive environment for fintech growth. The initiative is expected to enhance transparency, promote regulatory clarity, and spur innovation within the sector. The Department of Financial Services is also set to organise workshops in collaboration with law enforcement agencies to provide fintech stakeholders with a platform to articulate concerns and contribute to policy discourse.

The discussions during the meeting covered areas such as rationalising lending costs for critical sectors and digitising KYC norms across fintech segments. Sitharaman welcomed suggestions aimed at fostering greater ease of doing business and enhancing consumer welfare, acknowledging the rapid proliferation of fintech startups in India. One significant outcome of the meeting involves a concerted effort by regulatory bodies to examine changes in ownership or control of listed fintech entities. Industry bodies and regulatory authorities also participated in the meeting, emphasizing the importance of regulatory compliance and fostering a conducive environment for fintech growth in the country.


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