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The Asian payments landscape is rapidly evolving as consumers, retailers, banks and corporations have new options and channels to move their money. Although the traditional debit/credit, ACH, and wire transfer rails all remain in place, the ecosystem that uses them has vastly expanded due to open APIs and enhanced mobile technologies. And in certain countries, like China, the race to cashless may already have been won.

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The inauguration of the new India International Exchange (INX) on January 9, 2017 by India’s Prime Minister Modi in a new finance zone, the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City or GIFT city, heralds the possible beginning of a new era in offshore financial centers in Asia.

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Sibos is in full-swing here in Geneva with a record number of delegates and exhibitors on Day One already. Kapronasia is delighted to be part of Sibos 2016 and will be participating in three sessions of the next couple of days. Please join us at one of our sessions to hear our insights on the latest Asia Financial Industry trends and how we can help your business succeed in Asia. 

Here are the highlights:

On Tuesday September 27th at 11am Zennon Kapron will be moderating the Payments Market Infrastructure Roundtable. The session is a closed door event with regulators and central banks across the region to discuss the latest trends and challenges in payment infrastructure in Asia. 

On Thursday the 29th of September from 12:45-13:45 in the Innotribe space, Zennon Kapron will be guest speaking on Fintech Hubs and more specifically the developments around China Fintech. 

Later that same afternoon on Thursday the 29th from 14:00-15:00 in Conference Room 3 (CR3), Zennon will join an expert panel to speak on the topic of Emerging Markets: Mobile money and financial inclusion.

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2017 December 11th - MIT Technology Review -
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2017 December 11th - Bloomberg -
Bitcoin Futures Deliver Wild Ride as Debut Brings Rally, Halts
2017 November 28th - CNBC -
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2017 November 27th- Forbes -
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2017 September 20th - Fintech Innovation -
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2017 September 5th - The Guardian - 
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2017 September 5th - Financial Times - 
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2017 August 6th - Asian Investor - 
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2017 July 29th - Enterprise Innovation - Amazon invades Singapore, eyes bigger Southeast Asia market
2017 July 26th - Le Temps - 
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2017 January 5th - CNN - 
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2015 November 23rd - MIT Technology Review - Funding China's Next Innovators
2015 October 1st - BobsGuide - Sibos Speaker Interview
2015 September 26th - CoinDesk - Why Bitcoin Can Flourish in China
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