Cloud computing firm Alibaba Cloud and native associate Unicloud Know-how will host E-pon, the e-money digital app of Binangonan Rural Financial institution (BRB).
BRB, the primary rural financial institution within the Philippines to launch digital cash issuer operations, additionally tapped Alibaba Group to digitalize its identification verification course of and cell fee operations.
“E-money makes it potential for extra folks to interact in monetary transactions on-line, particularly within the new regular. By leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s IT infrastructure and revolutionary fintech merchandise, we will present extra unbanked and underserved Filipinos with handy entry to monetary companies,” mentioned Alfonso Huang, president of E-pon from BRB, in a press release.
E-pon can deal with every day banking wants — like deposits and withdrawals — and act as a cell fee gateway for retailers, Mr. Huang mentioned in an e-mail. It should additionally present entry to loans and investments, and fee tie-ups with authorities entities.
Designed by the BRB, the app has an e-wallet; a platform for small and medium enterprises to showcase their shops and merchandise; monetary service instruments equivalent to mortgage software and micro-funding features; and monetary funding instruments equivalent to mission investments and crowdfunding. Additionally it is linked with interbank networks equivalent to Bancnet.
“We’re eager on offering cloud computing options to help extra Philippine fintech firms to bolster monetary inclusivity within the nation, whereas bringing seamless and handy digital experiences to native clients,” mentioned Allan Guo, Alibaba Cloud Intelligence’s nation supervisor for the Philippines.
Alibaba Cloud’s different purchasers within the Philippines embody the e-wallet GCash, livestreaming platform Kumu, and fintech enterprise studio UBX.
The E-pon app will probably be out there for obtain by mid-Might. — Patricia B. Mirasol