• The Reserve Bank of India will, in the next two months, release the guidelines for the creation of a ‘Regulatory Sandbox’ for the fintech sector.
  • A regulatory sandbox is a controlled mechanism within which the sector will be able to experiment with solutions in a closely-monitored ecosystem so that the risks do not spread outside it, and the reasons for failure can be analysed
  • The RBI’s working group on fintech and digital banking suggested the introduction of a ‘regulatory sandbox/innovation hub’ within a well-defined space and duration to experiment with fintech solutions, where the consequences of failure can be contained and reasons for failure analysed,”
  • A regulatory sandbox would benefit fintech companies by way of reduced time to launch innovative products at a lower cost.
  • Regarding the fintech sector’s expansion, the Governor said that the two main areas that required attention were how to improve the accessibility of financial platforms using fintech, and analysis potential risks that may arise out of fintech adoption.
  • A strong risk culture, in which risk detection, assessment and mitigation are part of the daily job of bank staff, will be central to the success of managing the emerging risks.
  • Similarly, systemic risks may arise from unsustainable credit growth, increased inter-connectedness, procyclicality, development of new activities beyond the supervisory framework and financial risks manifested by lower profitability.
  • Risks for fintech products may also arise from cross-border legal and regulatory issues.
  • Data confidentiality and customer protection are major areas that also need to be addressed