1. G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) meeting is being held in Kolkata from 9-11 January.
- This is the first GPFI meeting under India’s G20 presidency.
- The meeting is likely to focus on the principles of digital financial inclusion, availability of finance for SME sector and remittance costs.
- GPFI member countries, guest countries and international organisations invited by India will take part in the meeting.
- The meeting will feature a domestic outreach programme on digital financial literacy.
- The programme will involve over 1,800 students from various schools.
- The meeting will start with a symposium on “Unlocking the potentials of Digital Public Infrastructure for advancing financial inclusion and productivity gains”.
- G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion (GPFI):
- It is a platform for all G20 countries, interested non-G20 countries and relevant stakeholders to carry forward work on financial inclusion.
- It was officially launched on 10 December 2010 in Seoul.
2. RBI has released plan to raise ₹16,000 crore via Sovereign Green Bonds.
- Government has decided to start the issuance of Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs) on 25 January.
- First, bonds of 5 and 10 years tenor will be issued for ₹4,000 crore each.
- This will be followed by another batch of SGrB issuance on 9 February.
- In the second batch, bonds of 5 and 10 years tenor will be issued for ₹4,000 crore each.
- Overall, the government will raise ₹16,000 crore via Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs).
- RBI said Sovereign Green Bonds will be issued through uniform price auction.
- RBI said 5% of the notified amount of the Sovereign Green Bonds sale will be reserved for retail investors.
- These bonds will be designated as specified securities under the ‘Fully Accessible Route’ for investment in Government Securities by non-residents.
- In the Union Budget for 2022-23, the Government had announced that it will issue Sovereign Green Bonds (SGrBs).
- Government had announced it will issue SGrBs as part of its overall market borrowings for mobilising resources for green infrastructure.
- Green bonds are financial instruments. They generate proceeds for investment in environmentally sustainable and climate-suitable projects.
- Allocation and utilisation of Green Bonds is also under the purview of audit by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG).
3. Surinder Chawla has been appointed as MD & CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.
- He was earlier Head of Branch Banking at RBL Bank. He replaces Satish Kumar Gupta. Gupta retired in October 2022.
- Since then Deependra Singh Rathore has been serving as the interim CEO of Paytm Payments Bank.
- One 97 Communications said his appointment as MD& CEO has been approved by RBI.
- Paytm Payments Bank is an associate company of One 97 Communications, which owns the Paytm brand.
4. Kotak Mahindra General Insurance Company has partnered with Clootrack.
- Clootrack’s AI-driven comprehensive intelligent customer experience analytics platform will help Kotak Mahindra General Insurance understand why customer experience drops.
- The partnership will help Kotak Mahindra General Insurance understand gaps in the market to improve its customer experience.
- This will empower Kotak Mahindra General Insurance with insights into its non-life insurance products through customer feedback.
- Clootrack is a Kochi-based start-up for customer experience analytics.
- Kotak Mahindra General Insurance is a Mumbai-headquartered general insurance company.
Topic: Banking System
5. ‘Jahaan Bandhan, Wahaan Trust’ campaign has been launched by Bandhan Bank.
- The campaign features cricketer Sourav Ganguly as its brand ambassador.
- This is the first time that Bandhan Bank has appointed a pan-India brand ambassador.
- Leo Burnett Orchard conceptualized the campaign. Leo Burnett Orchard was brought in as the bank’s creative agency in August 2022.
- In the last seven years, Bandhan Bank has established its presence in 34 states and union territories.
- Bandhan Bank:
- It is a Kolkata based Indian banking and financial services company.
- Dr. Anup Kumar Sinha is its current chairman. Chandra Shekhar Ghosh is its MD and CEO. It started operations on August 23, 2015.
Topic: Banking System
6. Axis Bank has entered into partnership with OPEN to launch a fully digital current account for businesses.
- This is Axis Bank’s first-ever partnership with a fintech player to launch a fully digital current account.
- Authentication process will be completely digital using PAN and Aadhaar followed by a Video KYC.
- So, the digital current account will help customers save time and effort.
- Customers can get banking services from Axis Bank, along with OPEN’s financial automation features.
- Customers can get 250+ banking services. They can claim up to 50% cashback through grab-deals.
- Axis Bank is India’s third largest private sector bank. It is headquartered in Mumbai. Its MD & CEO is Amitabh Chaudhary.
- Open Financial Technologies Pvt Ltd:
- It is a digital banking fintech enterprise. It was set up in 2017.
- It runs SME neo-banking platform Open Money. It also runs embedded finance platform- Zwitch and enterprise digital banking platform for banks- BankingStack.
Topic: Regulatory Bodies/Financial Institutions
7. SEBI has issued a debt broker license to GoldenPi Technologies.
- GoldenPi Technologies has become the first online bond platform provider to receive a debt brokerage license from SEBI.
- SEBI has brought in regulations for online debt trading platforms.
- As per the regulations, no company or individual shall act as an online bond platform provider without the certificate of registration as a stock broker under the SEBI Regulations, 2021.
- GoldenPi Technologies is a Bengaluru-based fintech firm. Abhijit Roy is its CEO and co-founder. It was incorporated in 2017.
Topic: Banking System
8. RBI has given approval to SBI Funds Management’s proposal to acquire 9.99% equity shares in Equitas SFB.
- RBI has allowed SBI Funds Management Limited (SBIFML) to acquire up to 9.99 percent of the paid-up equity capital of the Bank through the schemes of SBI Mutual Fund (SBIMF).
- However, the approval by RBI is subject to various regulations of SEBI and RBI.
- The approval by RBI is valid for one year till January 2, 2024.
- DSP Mutual Fund and Franklin Templeton Mutual Fund have also received RBI's approval to buy 9.99% stake each in the bank.
- Equitas Small Finance Bank (SFB) was founded in 2016. It is headquartered in Chennai.
Topic: Indian Economy/Financial Market
9. Government said it estimates Indian economy to grow by 7% in FY23.
- Government’s estimate is higher than estimates by agencies like IMF and RBI. However, it is lower than the 8.7% growth in FY22.
- National Statistical Office has released data for first advance estimate for FY23.
- The second advance estimate will be announced on February 28.
- While agriculture and services showed better performance, industry, led by manufacturing, has disappointed.
- The nominal GDP growth rate (taking inflation into consideration) has been estimated at 15.4%. This is against 11.1% projected in the Budget.
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had reduced India’s growth projection for FY23 to 6.8% from 7.4% projected in July 2022.
- The World Bank has raised India's GDP projection for FY23 to 6.9% from its earlier estimate of 6.5%.
- The Asian Development Bank has kept India’s growth prediction unchanged at 7% for 2022-23.