More people in South-east Asia's largest economy are turning to e- wallets, especially with the prevalence of smartphone apps and other e-commerce platforms.
This is natural for a country where a projected 103.5 million people will own a smartphone this year, according to Hamburg-based online statistics firm Statisca.
Retail e-commerce sales in Indonesia totalled US$5.65 billion (S$7.9 billion) last year, up from US$4.61 billion in 2015, said Statisca. It is expected to reach US$10.34 billion in 2019.
This has been a godsend for local fintech firms. Today, Indonesia has about 150 fintech firms, compared to less than 50 three years ago, according to Bank Indonesia.
This has led the central bank to ensure that innovations meet regulatory requirements, such as consumer protection. But this process should not impede the innovation itself, said Mr Junanto Herdiawan, the acting head for fintech at Bank Indonesia.
"To do that, we will do what MAS did, which is to introduce a fintech regulatory sandbox," he said, referring to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.
The sandbox allows for trials by start-ups and large financial companies by limiting the scale and reach of the experiment, he added.