(Reuters) – The Singaporean shopping app Shopee, owned by Sea Ltd, received authorization on Monday from Brazil’s central bank to operate as a payment institution, according to a notice in the government’s official gazette.
SHPP Brasil Payment Institution and Payment Services Ltda, controlled by SHPP Brasil Participaoes Ltda, will be able to “manage prepaid payment accounts, in which funds must be previously deposited,” the official gazette said.
Shopee has become one of the most-downloaded e-commerce apps in Brazil, drawing users to its low-cost marketplace from other local companies.
Singapore-headquartered Sea Ltd and its Sao Paulo-based company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
(Reporting by Carolina Pulice and Andr Romani; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)