SEBI Brings Innovation Sandbox Framework For Fintech Solutions
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SEBI Brings Innovation Sandbox Framework For Fintech Solutions


The Securities and Exchange Board of India on Monday came out with a framework for Innovation Sandbox aimed at providing financial technology firms and unregulated market participants an environment to test their new solutions with markets data.

The framework can be utilised by any entity that intends to innovate on the products, services, and solutions for the securities and commodities market in India.

The entities would have access to markets data but not live data to test their solutions.

“SEBI feels that fintech firms should have access to market related data, particularly, trading and holding data, which is otherwise not readily available to them,” regulator said in a circular.

The data that would be made available to participants to test and improve their Fintech solutions include depositories data, stock exchange data and mutual funds transactions data.

The use of datasets would be governed by comprehensive confidentiality agreement clearly specifying that the datasets should not be sold or shared in any manner with any other entity.

Also read: Are RBI’s Regulatory Sandbox Proposals Too Restrictive?

“The Innovation Sandbox can be set up as a separate not-for-profit entity which enhances the impartiality of the Innovation Sandbox,” the circular said.

Regarding administrative set up, SEBI said a governance body comprising of representatives from stock exchanges, depositories and qualified registrar and share transfer agents should be formed to supervise the operations of Innovation Sandbox.

Besides, an operational team needs to be constituted to carry out the day-to-day activities, including applications processing, assisting the governance body and maintaining the infrastructure of the Innovation Sandbox.

For the implementation of operating guidelines, SEBI has asked entities to constitute a steering committee that would have representatives from the Market Infrastructure Institutions and QRTAs, the circular said.

Also read: Fintech Regulation: Innovation Sandbox Or Cramped Pit?

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