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El Salvador Receives $173.3 Million Less in Remittances in the First Quarter of 2020

Family remittances received by El Salvador totaled $1,600.7 million in the period from January to April 2020, lower by $173.3 million compared to the same period of the previous year, with a reduction equivalent to -9.8 percent.

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Bangladesh: COVID-19 and the Coming Microinsurance Revolution

COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the potential for microinsurance in the Bangladesh market, where over 30 percent live below the national poverty line and insurance penetration is extremely low.

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India: Bill Payments Drive Digital Payment Volume Recovery in First Half of May

A number of people who were earlier used to paying their utility bills in cash may have shifted to the digital channels during the lockdown, they added.

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Visa’s Digital Dollar Concept Opens a Door to Central Bank Currencies

The U.S. Patent office on Friday published a Visa patent application to create a technology gateway that could allow central bank currencies for any nation to be digitized.

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Yoma Strategic's Mobile Payments Joint Venture in Myanmar Ties up With Alipay Operator

The partnership will allow Wave Money to leverage Ant Group's experience in building mobile payment platforms to enhance its digital competence, capabilities, user experience and service offerings.

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Bangladesh: Govt Cash Gift for Corona-Affected Family Disbursed Through Rupali Bank SureCash

The government is providing direct cash assistance to 5 million Corona-affected families.

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Mongolia: IFC and Financial Regulatory Commission Join Hands to Develop Green Finance and Improve Access to Funding for Small & Medium Enterprises

The initiative aims to develop green financing, as well as improving access to financial products and services for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises.

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Singapore Offers More Grants to Help Fintech Firms Ride out Pandemic

The SG$6 million ($3.44 million) grant can be used by local fintech companies to cover their daily working capital expenses and finance new product development work with financial institutions.

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Zimbabwe: COVID-19 - Zimbabwe's Smallholder Farmers Step Into the Food Supply Gap

Smallholder farmers have long been feeding this Southern African nation by producing the bulk of the country's maize staple, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

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Coronavirus: How Cash-Mad Philippines Learned to Love Digital Money Thanks to COVID-19

Online payments have been slow to take off in the Philippines, where cash has long been king.