HKMA Issues Guide for Regtech Adoption in Customer Monitoring

  • Richard Marley
  • July 27, 2021
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The second guide published by the HKMA will allow banks to test their internal measures and infrastructure capabilities for the adoption of Regtech solutions. 

As part of a two-year roadmap, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has published its second issue, the Regtech Adoption Practice Guide, to promote the adoption of regtech solutions in the banking sector. The new issue follows the first guide, which focused on the adoption of cloud-based regtech solutions. 

In January, the HKMA published case studies that highlighted the benefits of adopting regtech solutions, particularly for meeting Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) compliance targets. 

The new guide adds to the previous publication and focuses more on the benefits of adopting regtech solutions in the area of customer monitoring – a task that is necessary for banks to perform to stay AML/CFT compliant. 

The guide states that these solutions are of the essence, as manual processes are becoming a thing of the past. Additionally, regtech solutions can enable banks to stay up-to-date and collect necessary information related to customers and their transactions. 

“This information is essential to understanding whether the purpose and intended nature of the customer’s activities are commensurate with its risk profile and the nature of the business relationship”, the guide states. 

The HKMA adds that while the adoption of advanced technologies such as machine learning and cognitive solutions is still in its emergent stage, they are the prime areas of growth.

The Guide also highlights the major bottlenecks and pain points that banks face during customer monitoring, which regtech solutions can easily address. Key developments in the industry and possible regtech applications are also outlined. 

The Guide consists of practical guidelines that banks can follow to automate ongoing monitoring of customers. 

The Regtech Adoption Practice Guide can be viewed here.

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