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Fintech Industry To Generate $200 Billion Revenue By 2030: RBI Governor

RBI governor Shaktikanta Das encouraged stakeholders in the sector to form a self-regulatory body and also assured RBI's help for the process

Fintech Industry To Generate $200 Billion Revenue By 2030: RBI Governor
While speaking at the Global Fintech Fest, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das urged fintech players to form a self regulatory body at the earliest
POSTED ON September 07, 2023 12:21 PM

The fintech industry is projected to have revenues of  $200 billion by 2030 and players should form a self-regulatory organisation for orderly growth of the industry, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das said on Wednesday.

Addressing the industry at the Global Fintech Fest, he said fintech players need to evolve industry best practices to avoid misselling, stress on ethical practices, pricing transparency and take care of privacy and data protection concerns.

"I would like to use this opportunity to urge and encourage the fintechs to establish a Self Regulatory Organisation (SRO) themselves," he said and assured all help from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for the process. 

Fintech players should form the SRO at the earliest, Das urged, and he hoped that such a platform would be ready at least by the next edition of the yearly event. Stating that other industries also have SROs, Das said forming such a body will help players voice their concerns.

He also said that having the SRO will reduce the burden of regulating a dynamic sector on the RBI's shoulders. Das opined that regulators play a critical role in addressing arbitrage, ensuring compliance with existing laws, and adopting regulations as per technological advancements. Further, he asked the fintech players -- most of them start-ups -- to avoid the "relentless drive for valuations" and profits and asked them to focus on customer centricity. "..to focus on customers means embracing a customer-centric approach to innovation by understanding the needs of customers, making provisions that protect customer interests and earn their trust," he added.

Das noted that good governance will be key to the durable and long-term success of any company and in particular, the fintech players.

Technological innovation has "unprecedented potential" to make finance more inclusive, competitive, and robust, Das said, adding that advancements in technology need to evolve in a "responsible" manner.

"Fintech players should themselves ensure responsible digital innovations. The RBI, on its part, will continue to drive the necessary regulatory and other policy measures to promote a vibrant and responsive fintech ecosystem," he said.

While stressing that the coming years hold immense promise, which needs to be leveraged by innovators, the RBI chief said that as per projections, the fintech sector revenues are set to touch $200 billion by 2030. "We are at the cusp of a major transformation in the fintech sector".

Das also spoke about the progress on the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and said that newer use cases will be soon added on the wholesale CBDC front.

The CBDC retail pilot is currently being operated through 13 banks across 26 cities, Das said, adding that around 1.46 million users and 0.31 million merchants are currently part of the pilot as of August 31, 2023. RBI has also enabled full inter-operability of CBDC with UPI QR codes, and is targeting 10 lakh CBDC transactions per day by December 2023, which will give it sufficient data points for analysis, Das said.

Meanwhile, Srinivas Jain, the co-chairman of the Fintech Convergence Council, said it will be working earnestly to have an SRO in place at the earliest. "We are not on the same pages on who all from the fintech space can be members as currently this space is dominated by payments tech players but there are many others also in the fray," he told PTI.

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