Saturday, September 19

GHL, Aspirasi collaborate to narrow financial gap


Leong (fifth left) and Sheyantha (sixth left) pose for a group photo to signify GHL and Aspirasi collaboration.

KUALA LUMPUR: GHL Systems Bhd (GHL) and Aspirasi, a digital financing platform and fintech provider under Axiata Digital have formed a partnership to provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and micro-entrepreneurs in the country with digital access to GHL’s new financing business.

The collaboration aims to narrow the financial inclusion gap for the underserved community by tapping into Aspirasi’s platform which offers a fully digital and complete financing application journey, covering on-boarding and merchant scoring.

GHL will market its financing solutions to its existing merchant base with collection managed via its merchant settlement process. While the partnership is focused on Malaysia for now, there are plans to expand to other countries in the near future.

“GHL is very excited to tie up with Aspirasi and by extension, Axiata Digital. Together we have an extensive presence across Asean which means further collaboration in the region. GHL’s broad footprint of 138,800 TPA payment touchpoints across Asean, coupled with Axiata Digital’s expanding offerings within the digital finance space, will enable us to bridge the payment and credit gap among the financially underserved within the 650 million Asean population,” GHL Group chief executive officer Danny Leong stated in a press release.

“We are pleased to partner with GHL Systems Bhd, a leading payment service provider. Together, we have a shared vision of simplifying financial access for SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs. By leveraging our digital platform and GHL’s extensive footprint of TPA touchpoints in Malaysia, merchants will be able to enjoy quick and seamless financing to assist them on their dynamic journey of business growth,” said Aspirasi executive director Sheyantha Abeykoon.

GHL’s reach of over 101,500 TPA points in Malaysia, gives it an edge with its good grasp of merchant’s e-payment acceptance behaviour. This provides GHL with an advantage to devise an optimum financing plan for its group of merchants.

GHL group’s Asean TPA payment touchpoints grew by 20 per cent, from 116,200 in 2018 to 138,800 in 2019, which also translated to a 39 per cent surge in Transaction Payment Value (TPV) of RM 13.9 billion processed during 2019.

This strong growth owes much to thriving next generation e-payments, empowering cashless acceptance across its merchant base and the momentum is expected to continue as going cashless becomes more mainstream.

Aspirasi is poised to play a critical role in enhancing financial inclusion by delivering a variety of financial services and insurance products through its unique digital platform.

By improving financial access, Aspirasi aims to support and empower SMEs and micro-entrepreneurs to embrace technology and forge a path of growth, no matter where they are in their business cycle.