We support a prudent and proportionate legal and regulatory framework. As responsible investors, we commit to ensure compliance to existing regulations (including, by our investee companies) and to engage productively with policymakers so that the regulatory framework reflects both customer protection concerns and commercial concerns, and financial crime risk.
- Regularly exchange insights within the investor community on regulatory challenges or lessons from operating
in markets with widely varying stages of market development (examples may include regulation to address
aggressive marketing techniques, terms & conditions displays on mobile screens, cooling off periods,
transparency in pricing/interest rates, standardized product features; ethical collection practices, etc).
- Meet with (a) financial sector policymakers, regulators, and supervisors; and (b) IFI/DFIs during due diligence to
offer know-how, advice, and guidance as mediators in the private sector development and promotors of digital
3 financial inclusion. This potential action serves to avoid unintended dysfunctionalities of regulation or overreaction
in politically heated contexts.
- Support local legal and regulatory requirements, particularly those that are intended to strengthen consumer
protection. Where such local regulatory requirements do not exist, or are inadequate, align with relevant
international or industry standards (e.g., codes of conduct).
- Engage proactively with policymakers and regulators so that rule-making is informed by a firm understanding
of the technological and business model components of digital financial services that deepen financial
inclusion; consider ways to share data regarding how services are being used by under-served populations.
- Participate in industry-wide initiatives or associations that develop tools or resources for financial services
providers intended to improve the quality of digital financial services (e.g., local bank or FinTech associations
that offer training to members).