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新加坡:借力区块链提高东南亚金融包容性

新加坡政府正寻求推动区块链的发展,以改善东南亚国家的金融包容性。

在上周五与东南亚国家财长会晤中,新加坡财政部长王瑞杰(Heng Swee Kate)强调,新加坡政府计划促进区块链等创新,以改善本区域获得融资的机会。

他指出:

“我们将积极支持金融技术等数字创新。例如,底层的分布式账本技术为我们提供了许多廉价和安全交易的机会,并且还可以促进东盟地区服务不足和银行不足的部门的金融包容性。”

不过,王并没有透露任何区块链计划的细节。

其实,近一段时间来,东南亚各国政府都在加大力度进行金融领域的区块链技术应用开发。

比如,就在上个月,新加坡信息通信媒体发展局(IMDA)通过政府拨款推出了一项区块链竞赛,以推动该地区的区块链创新。

与此同时,其邻国马来西亚也开始使用区块链技术来推进整个地区的银行服务。

在3月份的一次演讲中,马来西亚央行副行长表示,马来西亚已经有9家银行开始与央行合作,为贸易融资开发由区块链驱动的应用。

同样,泰国汇商商业银行正在建立一个基于瑞波技术的区块链汇款平台,用于跨境支付。

The Singapore government is looking to boost blockchain development in an effort to improve financial inclusion for Southeast Asian countries.

In opening remarks for a meeting with finance ministers from Southeast Asian countries on Friday, Heng Swee Keat, Singapore's minister for finance, highlighted the government's plans to foster innovations such as blockchain to improve access to finance in the region.

"In particular, we will support digital innovations like fintech. For example, the underlying distributed ledger technology presents us with many opportunities for cheap and secure transactions. This can promote financial inclusion for underserved and underbanked segments in ASEAN," the minister said.

Although Heng did not disclose precise details on any blockchain initiatives, his comments come at a time when governments in Southeast Asia have been stepping up efforts to develop and adopt blockchain tech in the financial sector.

As reported late last month, Singapore's Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has launched a blockchain competition with government funds to boost blockchain innovation in the region.

Meanwhile, the neighboring nation of Malaysia is also moving to utlize blockchain technology to advance banking services across the region.

In a speech in March, the deputy governor of Malaysia's central bank indicated that nine banks in the country have already begun working with the central bank in developing blockchain powered applications for trade finance.

Similarly, Thailand's Siam Commercial Bank is building out a Ripple-based blockchain remittance platform for cross border payments.

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