Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has sought to improve financial literacy and inclusion by issuing Regulation (POJK) No. 3 of 2023 on financial literacy and inclusion improvement in the financial services sector for consumers and the public.

The new regulation is an improvement of POJK No. 76/POJK.07/2016, head of the OJK’s financial literacy, inclusion, and communication department Aman Santosa said in a statement issued on Friday.

It has been issued to strengthen synergy between the government and financial service business actors (PUJK) in carrying out activities to improve financial literacy and inclusion.

"Improvement of stipulation within POJK No. 3 of 2023 is intended to support the government's target of reaching financial inclusion index of 90 percent by 2024 and OJK's program to improve financial literacy," he informed.

The new regulation will also accommodate the dynamic development of information technology and increase the number of financial literacy and inclusion activities by optimizing the roles of businesspersons.

It will also accommodate the impact of financial service sector development with the emergence of new businesspersons and improve the utilization of the financial education learning management system.

Meanwhile, the activities to improve financial literacy are expected to make people more cautious in choosing and utilizing financial service products and services.

This also needs to be followed by improving financial inclusion by easing people's access to financial products.

POJK No. 3 of 2023 will seek to strengthen financial inclusion and literacy activities, for instance, by involving new businesspersons who emerge as a result of financial service sector development in improving financial literacy and inclusion.

Through the new regulation, monitoring to protect consumers will also be bolstered by mandating businesspersons to deliver a report on their financial literacy and inclusion activity plan and its realization to related parties.

The stipulation concerning the management of activities to improve financial literacy and inclusion by financial service institutions has also been strengthened.

Moreover, the penalty on financial service institutions that violate the established regulation has also been made more stringent through the regulation, he said.

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Translator: Sanya Dinda S, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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