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One outcome of the coronavirus pandemic has been a massive acceleration of the digital transformation process. Nowhere is this more evident than in the finance industry, where Covid-19 prompted a complete overhaul of legacy processing systems and the widespread implementation of what are known as ABCD technologies – a catch-all term that encompasses artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, blockchain and bitcoin, cloud computing, and digital and data-driven solutions.

Demand for Bitcoin has been surging globally since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, with interest reaching a fever pitch early this year. While it is not without its potential pitfalls, emerging economies are increasingly looking to cryptocurrencies as a way to drive their recoveries from the economic fallout of the virus.

 

How would you assess the pace of digital transformation in the Philippines’ insurance sector?

 

What is your assessment of the BSP’s ability to mitigate the economic challenges brought about by the pandemic and facilitate recovery?

 

Which factors help banks alleviate the economic implications of the pandemic?

 

The Philippines is experiencing a boom in digital banking as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, with several digital-only banks announcing plans to enter the market and legacy banks rapidly upgrading their online offerings. East-West Banking Corporation, the country’s 11th-largest bank by assets, launched its own fully digital bank, Komo, in...

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