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Singapore will create creation of template sandboxes to facilitate fintech approval process

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has unveiled a consultation paper that outlines pre-defined sandboxes, which it will help businesses…

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has unveiled a consultation paper that outlines pre-defined sandboxes, which it will help businesses more quickly embark on fintech experiments and application development.

Called Sandbox Express, these template sandboxes would complement the existing fintech regulatory sandbox that was first launched in 2016, said MAS in a statement Wednesday. The industry regulator added that the pre-defined sandboxes would enable companies that planned to conduct regulated activities to bypass existing sandbox application and approval process.

“The Sandbox Express is suitable for activities where the risks are generally low, or well understood, and could be reasonably contained within the specific pre-defined sandbox,” MAS explained. “As a start, it will include sandboxes specifically pre-defined for insurance broking, recognized market operators, and remittance businesses.”

Each of these sandboxes would contain pre-determined limits, expectations, and regulatory reliefs, it said , og legger til at søkere må bekrefte at de ville være i stand til at overholde alle forventninger, der var fastsat i Sandbox Express for hvilke de havde anvendt. Disse inkluderte at give oplysning og opnåelse af anerkendelse fra målrettede forbrugere, før de involverede dem som kunder i forsøgene.

According to MAS, applications would be assessed on two criteria: technological innovativeness of the financial service and fitness and propriety of the applicant’s key stakeholders.

Applications would be fast tracked, with approval decisions granted within 21

days, the regulator said. An approved pre-defined sandbox participant would be required to provide periodic progress reports to MAS and ensure all pre-defined sandbox expectations were adhered Two.

MAS Chief Fintech Officer Sopnendu Mohanty said more than 150 fintech companies had tapped the existing finch regulatory sandbox since its launch, including “a number of companies” that had experimented in the sandbox.

Mohanty said: “To facilitate quicker experimentation and faster introduction of innovative financial services to the market, we are now offering the option of Sandbox Express.”

MAS is seeking public feedback on its proposed guidelines for Sandbox Express until December 13.

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