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Published Date: 14 November 2017

MAS and MIT Media Lab to collaborate on research to unlock advanced technologies for financial industry

Singapore, 14 November 2017 … The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) today announced it has joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

2  This collaboration will also help to strengthen Singapore’s talent pool in the FinTech industry, by providing Singapore-based industry professionals and researchers with opportunities to work alongside MIT researchers. Financial institutions and FinTech players will be able to participate in pilots and experiments in a wide range of financial-services projects.

3   The financial industry in Singapore has been actively engaged in experimentation on Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and has developed prototypes on interbank payments, securities settlement, insurance claims processing, trade, and trade finance. This collaboration with MIT signals the growing role that cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology are beginning to play in the financial industry.  It also underscores the value of industry working with academic institutions that can provide unbiased evaluation and feedback and help bring about further innovation.

4   Neha Narula, Director of the Digital Currency Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, said, “Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology pose a dramatic change to the existing regulatory landscape; they have the potential to reform the global financial system around peer-to-peer transactions, without traditional financial intermediation. We are excited to work with an organization like the MAS which shares our thinking around the impact of open-source, layered architectures and permissionless systems.”

5   Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer, MAS, said, “We are pleased to be working with leading experts with a diverse range of expertise from the MIT Media Lab. The intersection of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and other related technology areas such as quantum computing and new methods of cryptography will help to bring about the next wave of innovation.”


About the Monetary Authority of Singapore

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s central bank and integrated financial regulator.  As central bank, MAS promotes sustained, non-inflationary economic growth through the conduct of monetary policy and close macroeconomic surveillance and analysis. It manages Singapore’s exchange rate, official foreign reserves, and liquidity in the banking sector. As an integrated financial supervisor, MAS fosters a sound financial services sector through its prudential oversight of all financial institutions in Singapore – banks, insurers, capital market intermediaries, financial advisors, and stock exchanges. It is also responsible for well-functioning financial markets, sound conduct, and investor education. MAS also works with the financial industry to promote Singapore as a dynamic international financial centre. It facilitates the development of infrastructure, adoption of technology, and upgrading of skills in the financial industry.