As London is recognised as the number one FinTech hub in the world, it was great to have lunch with Laura Clarke, the UK High Commissioner, to discuss how we can develop a FinTech Bridge, similar to the agreement between the UK and Australia. With this in mind a small delegation is heading to the UK for London FinTech week, and while there will discuss a pre-FTA agreement with the DIT, NZTE and MFAT.
Local innovation in finance continues to progress as IBM, ASB and RBS spoke at the recent Business of Belonging event about how they are connecting with customers in this digital age – from chatbots to digital assistants – while resolving issues far more quickly. IBM has since published their latest research on customer centricity, the Brand Belonging study.
Building the profile of our local FinTech sector, FinTechNZ is working with Singapore FinTech, MAS and NZTE to build stronger networks and promote international trade. Recently, NZTE and industry experts spoke at the Singapore Tech Seminar, highlighting what Singapore can offer New Zealand technology companies as a gateway to Asia.
Congratulations to FinTechNZ members Banquer, IBM and Kiwibank, who were category winners at the recent Hi-Tech Awards. Your success goes to show why the New Zealand FinTech sector is gaining momentum on the global stage.
Tonight, Mitchell Pham, a Director of the Augen Software Group in New Zealand and Vietnam, co-founder of the Kiwi Connection Tech Hub, Chair of NZTech and of FinTechNZ, is being recognised for his contribution to the technology sector in New Zealand and NZ-Asia relations at the Kea World Class New Zealand Awards. We hope to see you there for a fantastic evening.