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Ayoconnect launches automated recurring direct debit in Indonesia

By Leandra Monteiro

July 28, 2022

  • API Banking
  • Ayoconnect
  • Bank BRI
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Ayoconnect Ayoconnect, Southeast Asia’s largest open finance platform, has launched an open finance API that provides Indonesian companies including non-banking financial institutions such as insurance companies and lenders, with recurring capabilities that can instantly debit from customers’ saving accounts across multiple banks. The API can be integrated with minimum effort and businesses can save on the considerable time and effort involved in negotiating terms, signing-up, and integrating with one bank at a time.

For the first phase of the roll out, Ayoconnect is working with seven of Indonesia’s largest banks to introduce direct debit, which can be accessed via one API. Partner banks include Bank BRI, Mandiri, BNI, CIMB Niaga, Danamon, Bank Syariah Indonesia and Bank Neo Commerce. Together, these institutions provide over 50 per cent of all bank accounts in the world’s fourth largest economy by population. Phase two will include BCA, Permata, Bank Jago and NOBU Bank among others.

Direct debit is a relatively new concept in Indonesia. Ayoconnect’s Bank of Indonesia licence – received just last month – will reassure users the technology is properly regulated with consumer protection in mind and is testament to the quality of the FinTech’s infrastructure and processes. Ayoconnect is currently the only open finance player in the country to be awarded with the certification.

The first businesses making use of Ayoconnect’s new direct debit API include digital healthcare provider Milvik Indonesia, investment app GoTrade, as well as a leading digital credit platform. All three will use the API to initiate recurring monthly payments for their customers. GoTrade will also make use of the API’s automatic top-ups feature – the first Indonesian business to offer this functionality to their customers.

Jakob Rost, CEO and co-founder at Ayoconnect, said, “Ayoconnect’s recurring direct debit will be a gamechanger for Indonesian businesses and their consumers. By automating recurring direct debit, businesses are in full control of their collections, with the ability to reduce costs and make payment fees more affordable for consumers.”

Wisnu Dharmawan, President Director – PT Milvik Indonesia, added, “MILVIK is very excited to partner with Ayoconnect because the service will be able to address our requirements to offer reliable payment options for our subscription-based digital health products.”

With Ayoconnect’s direct debit facility, businesses of any size including start-ups and SMEs, not just the larger more established companies, can initiate regular variable, fully-digital payments, as well as single payments from any end customer who has provided consent.

Recurring direct debit also opens up the opportunity for Indonesian entrepreneurs to launch rapid-growth lending services, including buy now pay later (BNPL), backed by automated monthly collections.

Jakob Rost, CEO and co-founder at Ayoconnect, said, “We’re already seeing strong interest from larger companies, such as insurers and lenders, which rely on prompt, regular payments to maintain services and control costs. We also believe recurring direct debit will open up exciting new business opportunities for innovative services, such as buy now pay later.”

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