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ISLAMABAD: In order to broaden outreach, the SECP has restructured its Regulatory Sandbox (RSB) from a cohort-based system to an open status, allowing applicants, including Fintech and start-ups, to apply year-round.

The applications will be received in three streams: Islamic finance, conventional finance, and women’s-specific trades.

For the convenience of applicants, SECP has developed a comprehensive, self-explanatory application format and diagnostic tool. These formats are available at the Sandbox section of SECP’s website.

Restructuring of the sandbox was required to reflect its maturity and the lessons learned in the three plus years of its operations. The always open status will ensure continuity in partnerships and allows applicants to approach the RSB at the right point in their development lifecycle.

Potential applicants can now test the suitability of their proposed model through the diagnostic tool, build an application based on a self-explanatory format, and submit it at any time to the dedicated email at [email protected]. After undergoing a comprehensive evaluation, the applicants can be allowed to test their solutions for a period of six to nine months in a controlled environment. The Commission’s terms and conditions will apply.

Launched in 2019, the RSB is in its fourth year of operations. During this period SECP received immense response from a wide range of innovators including well established entities, foreign companies, start-ups and Fintech. To date 128 applications have been received in the four cohorts announced. The most recent Cohort IV accepted application in May-June of this year.

Out of the 26 applications received in fourth cohort, SECP has allowed eleven applicants to test. The participants will start the six-month testing period from December 01, 2023.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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