Why Asia's fintech innovators should look at Myanmar

Regional financial centres Singapore and Hong Kong are buzzing with new fintech start-ups, accelerators and incubators. Augmented reality banking, social media loyalty schemes and voice-enabled brokerage are bedazzling in their novelty. But are opportunities for real breakthrough innovation to be found elsewhere?

Recently, the Global Institute For Tomorrow, a pan-Asian think-tank, was invited by Yoma Strategic Holdings, a leading conglomerate in Myanmar, to help provide answers to some hard questions about how new technologies could be deployed to improve livelihoods for the unbanked.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2018, with the headline 'Why Asia's fintech innovators should look at Myanmar'. Subscribe