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Spire joins “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” as workshop leader

10 October 2012
Spire joins “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” as workshop leader

Held in Bali, Indonesia, the “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” gathered many thought leaders from the telecommunications and banking industries; unveiling the potential of mobile channels penetrating Asia’s emerging markets. Spire Research and Consulting was honored to be invited as a post-conference workshop leader at this prestigious event.

Representing Spire Research and Consulting, Jeffery Bahar, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Yap Far Loon, Business Development Director, Telecommunication, led a post-conference workshop in the “Mobile Banking and Payments for Emerging Asia Summit 2012” held in Bali, Indonesia. The event brought together many eminent industry experts and marketers from the telecommunications and banking industries – highlighting the potential of mobile banking and payments in emerging economies.

During their presentation, Bahar and Yap shared that telecommunications operators and banks are recognising the importance of a well-thought out mobile financial services ecosystem that delivers customer value in emerging markets. It was highlighted that services such as m-commerce, mobile money and mobile remmitances have gained much momentum. Moreover, with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology leading the way, Spire predicts that mobile banking and payments will see substantial growth in the next 1 – 4 years.

Bahar and Yap further explained the six building blocks to a successful mobile banking model for emerging markets, and highlighted the three phases that the industry would witness moving forward. The current phase encompassed e-wallet accounts, payments, remittances and transfers. The second phase will include macro-insurance, consumer lending and savings. High-risk methods such as mortgages, private banking, wholesale banking and investment banking would make up the third phase.

Bahar and Yap also reiterated that mobile penetration is estimated at 101% by 2015, unveiling immense untapped potential for services such as money transfers, retails payments and airtime recharge. High unbanked populations, technological advancements and improving government support and infrastructure were listed as the main growth factors in emerging markets.

Moving forward, devising strategies such as product differentiation, cost leadership as well as marketing and promotional improvements would confer on industry players that elusive competitive edge.

The workshop concluded with a group activity, where the participants had the opportunity to work on a mock business strategic plan entering an emerging Asian market.

The presentation deck by Jeffrey Bahar and Yap Far Loon on “Building Blocks for Mobile Financial Services Ecosystem in Emerging Markets” can be found here.

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