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Member News: Standard Chartered partners with SAP Ariba to offer one-stop supply chain solutions

Standard Chartered Bank and SAP Ariba today announced a strategic collaboration to make the Bank’s financial supply chain solutions easily accessible to businesses in the Asia Pacific region through Ariba Network, the world’s largest digital business network connecting more than 4.2 million companies in 190 countries.

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Binance To Launch Regional “Libra-Like” Currency; Coinbase Left 3K User Passwords Unprotected. The company announced its plans to initiate an open blockchain project, Venus, an initiative to develop localized stablecoins and digital assets pegged to fiat currencies across the globe. News via Pymnts.com
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Binance To Launch Regional “Libra-Like” Currency; Coinbase Left 3K User Passwords Unprotected. The company announced its plans to initiate an open blockchain project, Venus, an initiative to develop localized stablecoins and digital assets pegged to fiat currencies across the globe. News via Pymnts.com
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As PayPal reaches saturation points in Western markets, it wants to continue to expand internationally, especially in India, where the country’s 450 million mobile users make it an attractive target for retailers. The Financial Times is reporting that PayPal launched a domestic business in India in 2017, which allows for local and global payments...
Member News: Standard Chartered launches a Shanghai-based innovation lab to tap China’s tech market
The «eXellerator» innovation lab in China alongside others in Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Kenya, and San Francisco are part of the bank’s SC Ventures unit, a research and development arm focused on innovation and fintech. «With the launch of the eXellerator, Standard Chartered aims to deepen its contribution and participation in China’s vibrant...
Corporate credit card for SMEs, startups launched
EnKash, a two year old card focused fintech startup, has announced the launch of Corporate Credit Card for SMEs/MSMEs and startup, called the Freedom card. The Freedom card would give the SME’s and startups the freedom to avail credit facility for immediate needs and to manage their financial liquidity. News via India Times
MTN mobile money being advertised in a market in Ghana
GSMA reports that investment in African fintechs nearly quadrupled in 2018 to $357 million, with startups in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa accounting for the largest share.
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Dana, the fintech startup backed by Ant Financial in Indonesia, is scouting for another strategic investor to help it snag more of the nation’s 150 million smartphone users. Dana is one of several digital wallets outside of China that Ant’s backed, as the funds-to-finance titan tries to forge a global payments network.
Africell to spend $100 mln on mobile infrastructure, fintech in Africa
African telecom firm Africell plans to spend part of a $100 million U.S. credit line on expanding its infrastructure and fintech services. Africell founder and chief executive Ziad Dalloul told Reuters the money would help fund infrastructure investments for its operations in Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia and Sierra Leone.
Alibaba Group will allow small U.S. businesses to sell on Alibaba.com
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd will allow small U.S. businesses to sell on Alibaba.com, the company said on Tuesday, as it seeks to tap into the business-to-business e-commerce market and fend off rivals like Amazon.com Inc.
SME Finance Forum member CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, has today announced its investment in Frontiir, the leading internet service provider in Myanmar. The investment will help fund Frontiir’s ambitious expansion throughout Myanmar, connecting over 2 million people to the internet. Srini Nagarajan, Managing Director and Head of...