November 15, 2018
The third edition of the Singapore FinTech Festival drew close to 45,000 participants from almost 130 countries, ranging from Afghanistan to Zambia. The Festival continues to be the biggest FinTech event in the world and provides a global platform for the FinTech community to connect, collaborate, and co-create. The Festival also featured more than 250 speakers, almost 500 exhibitors - 60% of which were foreign, and 16 international pavilions.
The three-day FinTech Conference (12-14 November) was graced by international and local dignitaries, including Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, and Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education of Singapore and Board Member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada2, Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance of Singapore, Patrick Njoroge, Governor of Central Bank of Kenya, and Sonexay Sithphaxay, Governor of Bank of the Lao PDR, were among other leaders who visited the Festival. PM Modi, and Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore and Chairman of MAS, jointly launched the API Exchange (APIX), an online global FinTech marketplace and sandbox platform for financial institutions.