India's Largest Fintech Conference Held in Mumbai
India's largest fintech conference, the Global Fintech Fest 2022 (GFF22) was held September 19 - 22, at the Jio World Centre, Mumbai. The conference was organised and presented by the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, Reserve Bank of India, International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA), National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the Payments Council of India (PCI) and the Fintech Convergence Council (FCC). This was the first physical edition of the GFF. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in his message to GFF22 wished 'great success' of the conference. Union Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the conference on September 20, 2022. Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, delivered the valedictory address.

Among others who addressed the conference were Shri Shaktikanta Das, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad, Union Minister of State for Finance, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Union Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Injeti Srinivas, Chairperson, International Financial Services Centres Authority, Smt. Madhabi Puri Buch, Chairperson, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Dr. V. Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India and Mr. Dilip Asbe, Managing Director & CEO, NPCI.

The conference also saw participation from global dignitaries such as HM Queen Máxima of the Netherlands and Alderman Vincent Keaveny, The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor, City of London.

Among Indian Fintech captains who spoke at the conference were Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder & CEO, Paytm, Harshil Mathur, CEO & Co-Founder, Razorpay, Jitendra Gupta, Founder & CEO, Jupiter, Harsh Jain, Co-Founder & COO, Groww and Amrish Rau, CEO, Pinelabs.

The theme of GFF 2022 was 'Creating A Sustainable Financial World: Global, Inclusive, Green'.

Union Minister of Finance Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman delivering her inaugural address at the Global Fintech Fest 2022, on September 20.
8th India Affiliate Summit Held in Gurugram
The 8th edition of the India Affiliate Summit (IAS22) was held September 14-15 in Gurugram. It was jointly organised by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and vCommission. The conference had four tracks - Affiliate Hour, Programmatic Hour, eCommerce Hour and Influencer Hour. Some of the topics which were discussed at the two-day conference were, "Affiliate an important growth channel in marketing spends", "What the ONDC rollout means for businesses", "Programmatic infrastructure building and sustenance - the right approach" and "Generating attention through context and creativity".

More than 2500 top marketing professionals, representing over 700 leading international and Indian brands participated in IAS22. Among the key speakers at the conference were Parul Bhargava, CEO & Co-Founder, vCommission; Shouneel Charles, Managing Director, Outbrain India; Yulia Aslamova, Head of Asia, DRIM; Arnab Mitra, Managing Director, Liqvd Asia; Abhishek Gupta, Sr. VP Growth, MamaEarth; Anita Nayyar, COO-Media & Communications, Patanjali Ayurved; Sudeep Bansal, VP of Growth, Wow Skin Science; Neha Kulwal, Country Head, AdmitAd; Siddhant Keshwani, CEO, Libas, and Amit Kumar, Head - User Growth and Retention, Hike.

Delegates at the India Affiliate Summit 2022
Submission on DoT Consultation Paper
Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) made a submission to the Department of Telecommunications on its consultation paper titled 'Need for a new legal framework governing Telecommunication in India' on September1, 2022. In line with the government's stated goal of enabling a future-ready framework for the development of the telecommunication sector, IAMAI highlighted the need for a future-proof and competition-friendly Act that would ensure long-term regulatory certainty and resolve Right of Way issues. In its submission, IAMAI also proposed a cost-sharing mechanism between TSPs and LEAs, Central Government oversight for internet shutdowns and provisions for proportionate penalties.
Submission on Online Consumer Reviews Standards
IAMAI made a submission to the Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs on the 'Online Consumer Reviews - Principles and Requirements for their Collection, Moderation and Publication' document published by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The Standards contemplate certain compliance requirements for organisations which may either be onerous or impractical. These include providing notifications to suppliers whenever a safety issue is reported in a review, liaising with suppliers when such suppliers have engaged third parties to manage reviews, and implementing mechanisms to check that response to a review is provided by an authorised representative of the supplier. In its submission, IAMAI noted that many data privacy related aspects contained within the Standards overlapped with existing legislations like the IT and requested that existing reviews not be subject to the Standards. IAMAI suggested several changes to the Standards, particularly around the liabilities and responsibilities placed upon Review Administrators.
Roundtable on How Media Quality Boosts ROI for Brands
Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Integral Ad Science jointly organised a roundtable discussion on "How media quality boosts ROI for brands', on September 20, 2022, in Mumbai. Key issues discussed at the roundtable were, "How robust quality creates ROI and business outcomes", "How media quality partners can help enforce accountability and validate data" and "How advertisers should start thinking beyond simply serving up ads and not overspend on digital paid ads". Among those who addressed the roundtable were Saurabh Khattar, India Lead, Integral Ad Science; Shefali Gajjar Khalsa, CMO Brand Strategist, SBI General Insurance; Sujit Ganguly, Head of Brand & Communications, ICICI Bank; Siddhesh Joglekar, Vice President- Marketing, Byju's, and Anushree Ghosh, Head- Digital Strategy, Media, Brand Commerce, D2C growth, ITC.