The Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) announced they have signed a Statement of Intent to cooperate and support innovation through each authority’s respective financial technology (fintech) initiatives: the CFTC’s LabCFTC and SARB’s Fintech Unit.
“This arrangement builds on recent efforts by the CFTC to strengthen international collaboration in this realm,” said CFTC chair Heath Tarbert in a statement. He is referencing the agency’s 2018 arrangements with authorities in the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Australia, and the 2019 joining of the Global Financial Innovation Network. “Coordinating with our international partners has many benefits, including helping us keep up with the rapid pace of technological changes in our markets.”
The Statement of Intent on Cooperation and the Exchange of Information on Financial Technology Innovation focuses on information sharing regarding fintech market trends and developments. It is also designed to facilitate referrals of fintech businesses and the sharing of information and insights derived from each authority’s experiences and relevant events, proofs of concept, trials, or innovation competitions. The arrangement will support both authorities’ efforts to facilitate market-enhancing fintech innovation and ensure international cooperation on emerging regulatory best practices.