Financial Technology in Indonesia: A Fragmented Instrument for Financial Inclusion?

Abstract

This study aims to delve deeper into the discussion on how the financial inclusion progress in Indonesia could be affected by the growing fintech industry. We shall comprehensively discuss the current state of the platforms in the country, including the potential benefits and challenges. Such afflictions include the hugely-concentrated deposit market, to begin with and the discrepancies between regulators and the technological changes, while the high internet and mobile phone penetration are only one of the many advantages the country are endowed with. The study aims to highlight the challenges faced in increasing financial inclusion before the fintech platforms begin to flourish and how they differ to the current condition. Novel and relevant policy recommendations are also provided in the latter parts of the discussion.

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