MAS and Bank of Thailand sign fintech cooperation agreement to boost financial ties

Strengthening bilateral financial ties between Singapore and Thailand, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Bank of Thailand (BOT) signed a FinTech Cooperation Agreement (CA) and updated an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on banking supervision.

The two documents were signed at the side of the biennial BOT-MAS bilateral meeting which was hosted by MAS this year.

Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor, BOT and Ravi Menon, Managing Director, MAS  at the signing ceremony.
Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor, BOT and Ravi Menon, Managing Director, MAS at the signing ceremony. Photo courtesy:

Issuing a joint press statement, MAS and BOT said, “The FinTech cooperation agreement aims to help develop a richer financial ecosystem in Thailand and Singapore as well as in ASEAN. The cooperation agreement enables BOT and MAS to share information on emerging market trends and their impact on regulations, as well as refer FinTech companies to their counterparts. Importantly, it signals a shared intent to explore jointly undertaking innovation projects, especially those with potential for cross-border applicability.”

BOT and MAS also updated their MoU on banking supervision, which had been in place since 2006.  The MoU serves to strengthen bilateral collaboration in safeguarding the resilience of the two countries’ banking systems. The updated MoU sets out in greater detail the two central banks’ commitment to fostering greater information exchange and cooperation in the areas of licensing, on-site examinations, supervisory colleges, and crisis management.

Speaking on the occasion, Veerathai Santiprabhob, Governor, BOT, said, “The MoU and the CA between MAS and BOT represent another important milestone in the development of the banking supervision and FinTech cooperation between our two central banks. In our present era characterised by volatility, complexity and technological innovations, I believe that strengthening cooperation among our institutions will play a key role in fostering regional financial stability and sustainable growth. Cooperation on new financial technology will bring about greater financial inclusion and upgrade the provision of financial services to our region.”

Ravi Menon, Managing Director, MAS, said, “BOT and MAS are longstanding partners in promoting regional financial integration and supervisory cooperation. We also share a common interest in promoting innovation and growing the FinTech ecosystem to better serve ASEAN markets. The CA and the MoU are complementary, and reflect our joint commitment to capture new opportunities in cross-border financial services while containing their risks.”