Pathao To Establish Digital Bank2 min read
Pathao, Bangladesh’s one of the largest digital services companies, is awaiting a central bank license to set up a digital bank, said a press release.
The proposed Pathao Digital Bank is a natural progression of the company’s mission to enhance the lives of its 10 million young consumers and 500,000 drivers, delivery agents, and SME entrepreneurs in Bangladesh by harnessing the power of technology, the press release added.
The proposed Pathao Digital Bank will aim to unlock a one-stop banking solution for the digital native.
There is an entire generation in Bangladesh that is young, upwardly mobile, and digital native most of whom are already dedicated users of Pathao.
Unfortunately, the needs of this segment remain unaddressed by the local financial sector. They qualify for and need access to credit and yet face an unreasonably high barrier, because traditional banks and financial institutions lack the distribution, data, and technological capabilities to assess the creditworthiness of these consumers and technology-enabled asset-light small businesses.
Pathao, with its rich customer data, advanced analytics, and supreme engineering capabilities, is uniquely positioned to solve the financial access problem of this segment — a sample of which was presented with Pathao Pay Later, Bangladesh’s first and largest Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) solution.
Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms, Pathao Pay Later offers flexible spending limits and a frictionless user experience to over 100,000 of Pathao’s most loyal and active customers. The product has seen remarkably low delinquencies since its launch on 16 November 2021.
Further, in April 2023, Pathao was awarded a payment service provider (PSP) license to launch a digital payment wallet; Pathao Pay is already in closed beta testing and will be rolled out commercially in the coming months.
A digital banking license would provide the regulatory framework for Pathao to unleash its cutting-edge technology to truly enable consumers and small businesses to transact how they want, access funds when they need, and manage funds how they should.
“Pathao is far more than a brand, or a suite of products — it is a lifestyle. Just as it has radically transformed urban transportation and the gig economy in Bangladesh, Pathao Digital Bank will reshape banking in Bangladesh. With this, we believe we can catalyse an important growth stage of the Bangladesh economy,” said Fahim Ahmed, managing director & CEO of Pathao.
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