CBB, in cooperation with the Bahrain Economic Development Board, Bank ABC, ila Bank, BENEFIT, NBB, and Bahrain Islamic Bank, announced the launch of FinHub 973, the first comprehensive digital fintech lab in the region, regulated by the Central Bank of Bahrain. The new platform will aim to create a collaborative ecosystem in the fintech sector by establishing a gateway for investment opportunities in the region, while fostering innovation and supporting integration between financial institutions and fintech startups. Additionally, CBB launched the Bahrain Open Banking Framework to ensure holistic implementation of open banking services by the industry.
FinHub 973 will be powered by Fintech Galaxy’s FinX22 platform, which is a cloud-based open innovation platform that complies with the best international technical standards. The FinX22 platform will offer an open banking Application Programming Interface (API) sandbox that enables fintech startups to develop, test, and deploy fintech solutions. FinHub 973 will aim to connect financial institutions in Bahrain and the region to fintech firms worldwide. The digital lab will also offer matchmaking and crowdsourcing capabilities, which will help contribute to the design of effective fintech solutions, ultimately spurring disruptive and transformative innovation across the financial services industry.
Bahrain Open Banking Framework includes detailed operational guidelines, security standards, customer experience guidelines, technical open Application Programming Interface (API) specifications, and the overall governance framework needed to protect customer data. These standards follow the comprehensive rules on open banking that were previously issued in December 2018. The framework was developed in collaboration with Deloitte and in consultation with the retail banks and other financial institutions in Bahrain.
Additionally, the Board of Directors of CBB met for the fourth time this year in October 2020. At the meeting, the Board reviewed the topics on the agenda, including the CBB performance report and the latest developments in the financial sector for the third quarter of 2020. The Board was briefed on the measures taken by CBB based on the royal directives from the Cabinet meeting, which was held on September 14, 2020 and wherein all banks were to defer loan payments until the end of the year in a manner that does not affect the liquidity and financial solvency of banks. The Board also viewed presentations prepared by consultants appointed by the CBB on digital transformation in the financial sector and open banking.
- Press Release on Fintech Platform
- Press Release on Bahrain Open Banking Framework
- Press Release Board Meeting
Keywords: Middle East and Africa, Bahrain, Banking, Fintech, API, Artificial Intelligence, FinHub 973, Open Banking, Governance, COVID-19, Loan Repayment, CBB
Leading economist; commercial real estate; performance forecasting, econometric infrastructure; data modeling; credit risk modeling; portfolio assessment; custom commercial real estate analysis; thought leader.
Previous ArticleAPRA Consults on Reporting Standard for Credit Risk Management
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) revised the Supervisory Policy Manual module CG-5 that sets out guidelines on a sound remuneration system for authorized institutions.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) published the final guidelines on the monitoring of the threshold and other procedural aspects on the establishment of intermediate parent undertakings in European Union (EU), as laid down in the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD).
In a recent Market Notice, the Bank of England (BoE) confirmed that green gilts will have equivalent eligibility to existing gilts in its market operations.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the policy statement PS21/9 on implementation of the Investment Firms Prudential Regime.
The European Banking Authority (EBA) proposed regulatory technical standards that set out criteria for identifying shadow banking entities for the purpose of reporting large exposures.
The Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) proposed a set of recommendations on the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings and data providers.
The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published recommendations from the Working Group on Euro Risk-Free Rates (RFR) on the switch to risk-free rates in the interdealer market.
The European Central Bank (ECB) published a paper as well as an article in the July Macroprudential Bulletin, both of which offer insights on the assessment of the impact of Basel III finalization package on the euro area.
The International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) published a paper that explores the impact of the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB) on the trading of carbon certificates.
The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) published the remuneration policy self-assessment templates and tables on strengthening accountability.