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Chinese Handset Maker Xiaomi Relaunches MI Credit in India

In India, the lending industry is on an explosive trajectory. As per a recent report from CIBIL, there are over Rs 4 lakh crores worth of personal loans outstanding from nearly 1.9 crore customers, with each user accounting to an almost Rs 2 lakh of outstanding amount

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Mi Credit by Xiaomi currently services more than 10 states spanning 1,500 pin codes and aims to expand its availability to 100 per cent of the pin codes (which is more than 19,000) by the end of FY2019. Wikimedia Commons

Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Tuesday relaunched Mi Credit — its digital lending solution in India.

This is Xiaomi’s second Mi Finance solution to be launched in the country after Mi Pay.

According to the company, it disbursed personal loans of up to Rs 28 crore (or Rs 1 crore per day) during the pilot phase which ran though November 2019.

Initially launched in May 2018, Mi Credit is an online curated marketplace for lending, to offer personal loans to Mi Fans, according to the handset maker. The platform is built as the first personal loan choice for aspirational young professionals and millennials.

“Xiaomi’s Mi Finance business started four years ago in China, with an aim to provide fintech innovation for everyone. Today, we have over 300 million Mi Fans in our global community and we see a huge opportunity for consumer lending in India with estimations reaching up to $1 trillion in digital lending by 2023, as per a report from BCG.

“This makes us believe that our Mi Finance business, based on solutions such as Mi Pay and Mi Credit can truly revolutionise the Indian fintech industry,” Hong Feng, Co-Founder and Senior Vice President, Xiaomi Corporation, Chairman and CEO, Xiaomi Finance, said in a statement.

Xiaomi’s current lending partners are primarily non-bank financial institution (NBFCs) or fintechs such as Aditya Birla Finance Limited, Money View, EarlySalary, Zestmoney and CreditVidya.

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Chinese handset maker Xiaomi on Tuesday relaunched Mi Credit — its digital lending solution in India. Wikimedia Commons

“In India, the lending industry is on an explosive trajectory. As per a recent report from CIBIL, there are over Rs 4 lakh crores worth of personal loans outstanding from nearly 1.9 crore customers, with each user accounting to an almost Rs 2 lakh of outstanding amount. We are bringing Mi Credit to India hoping to provide another truly digital solution for their lending needs,” said Manu Jain, Vice President, Xiaomi and Managing Director, Xiaomi India further added.

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Mi Credit currently services more than 10 states spanning 1,500 pin codes and aims to expand its availability to 100 per cent of the pin codes (which is more than 19,000) by the end of FY2019. (IANS)

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84% Indians Hope to Retain Their Jobs Despite Automation: WEF

Indians see automation, but hopeful of keeping jobs

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Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs. (Representational Image) Pixabay

Although majority of Indians think their jobs would be automated in the next 10 years, 84 per cent hope to retain their jobs, supported by their skills, according to a report by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Ipsos.

India tops the list in terms of expectation of jobs automation, as around 71 per cent respondents expect their jobs to be automated. Saudi Arabia comes second with 56 per cent respondents expecting jobs getting automated, and in China 55 per cent respondents feel the same.

“Interestingly, 84 per cent of urban Indians polled are confident of keeping their jobs, using the skills they possess. The survey also shows across all markets, Indians are most confident, followed by the Netherlands (83 per cent) and the US (82 per cent),” the report said.

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Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability. Pixabay

The markets least confident of holding onto their jobs in the face of automation, include Japan (23 per cent), South Korea (33 per cent) and Russia (50 per cent).

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Commenting on the survey, Parijat Chakraborty of Ipsos India said, “Indian job market is hierarchy driven, promotions are skills and performance-led. Indians realise while automation is likely they know it will act as an enabler to improve efficiencies in deliverability; human intellect, skill-sets and capital will still be needed to get the job done.” (IANS)