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Odisha Fintech Festival held with enthusiastic participation from startups, fintech companies, students, researchers, policymakers

Bhubaneswar:15/4/23: A day-long maiden Odisha Fintech Festival was held today with enthusiastic participation from startups, fintech companies, students, researchers, policymakers, and visitors from multiple sectors.A variety of activities ranging from the inaugural session, panel discussions and fireside chats to product launches and an MoU signing ceremony were organized for the purpose.The festival aimed to develop a roadmap for the fintech industry in Odisha, identify opportunities and challenges, and attract more fintech companies to the state.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the event and gave a virtual address.

Tusharkanti Behera, Minister Electronics & IT,  Sports & Youth Services & Home, Pradeep Kumar Jena, Chief Secretary, Vishal Kumar Dev, Principal Secretary, Finance, Manoj Kumar Mishra, Principal Secretary, E&IT, Omkar Rai, Chairman, Startup Odisha, Manas Panda, Special Secretary, E&IT, Suvendu Pati, CGM RBI, and Praveena Rai, COO, National Payments Corporation of India( NPCI) were other dignitaries present and shared their insights with the participants.

The festival was organized on a grand scale with support from NPCI and iServeU, a homegrown fintech startup that is serving leading banks and fintech across India.

The festival showcased the latest trends in the fintech space and the increasing acceptance and popularity of fintech applications among the masses.

Senior company executives attended the festival as panellists and shared their insights on technology trends. They include Debiprasad Sarangi, CEO, iServeU, Soumen Das, Director of Capital Markets & Investments at VIKASA Capital, Rajeev Varma, MD, and Head – FIG and GIB, Edelweiss Financial Services, Rageshree Tungar, VP Sales, Pinelabs, Vishwa Nath Jha, Founder Saarthi.ai, and many others.

The financial revolution unleashed by UPI and the immense possibilities through its usage was discussed in the panel discussion titled, “Credit Card – UPI Linkage: Driving the next wave of Growth in digital payments.”

In the session, “Voice Tech – The power to unlock the real value of Bharat,” technologies and ways to enhance digital and financial inclusion were discussed.

Recognizing the critical role of SMEs in India’s growth and the centrality of fintech in ensuring financial access for them, a discussion covered the theme “Accelerating Access to Finance for SMEs”.

The widely acknowledged Indian fintech success story and the challenges ahead were dealt with in the session “Growth of Fintech in India”.

The growth of Odisha’s fintech ecosystem and the possibilities inherent in it were taken up during the session “Fintech & Bank Collaborations in East India”.

Two Masterclasses – “Understanding Investments in Fintechs” and “Driving Innovations through NPCI’s API Accelerator Platform” – and a fireside chat titled “Transforming Rural India via UPI for PPIs” was organized as part of the festival.

Various BBPS (Bharat Bill Payment System) products of companies such as Misscallpay – Tata Power, AU Small Finance Bank, and iServeU Technology Pvt Ltd., have been launched in this programme.

The government of Odisha also signed MoUs with NPCI and Paytm. The MoU with NPCI will help increase digital transactions in the government operation by effective use of NPCI’s digital payment solutions and develop innovative and replicable models for increasing digital transactions. The MoU with Paytm is aimed at the financial inclusion of citizens and merchants of the state as well as investment facilitation.

The deliberations during the event underlined how fintech advancements have considerably increased financial access and inclusion.

Currently, over 3000 startups are working to create new fintech products and services in the country, and some of them have become unicorns.  Mobile wallets and digital payment platforms have accelerated the process of financial inclusion by empowering those without bank accounts to participate in the economy.

Big data and advanced analytics have improved credit scoring models, risk assessment, and access of small businesses and entrepreneurs to capital. Lately, the use of blockchain technology has improved efficiency, transparency, and security in financial transactions. The fintech revolution has benefitted everyone from citizens to MSMEs.

Odisha has made rapid strides in the fintech space in the last few years and multiple fintech startups and companies such as iServeU, Autosave, Mool Technologies, and Subhalaxmi Future Solutions have launched their innovative products and services nationally. This event will provide impetus to the government’s efforts to create more jobs, increase innovation in the financial sector, and transform Odisha into a national fintech hub.

 

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.
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