FIS: Advancing CBDC Network Interoperability and Integration

APIs can significantly accelerate the pace of product and infrastructure development, as well as the integration of various payment systems. The FIS CBDC & Digital Currencies Connected Ecosystem™ can also accelerate delivery of the prototypes, allowing…

Bank of Japan: Pursuing Safety and Efficiency of the Payment and Settlement System as a Whole

In 2016, the Bank launched the FinTech Center in the Payment and Settlement Systems Department. Since its inception, the Center has engaged in efforts to encourage novel technologies that would contribute to the further convenience and efficiency of financial…

The Big Differences Between CBDC and Mobile Money

When considering CBDC versus mobile money, the similarities between the two technologies outweigh their differences. Yet, CBDC is said to be different from any other type of payment instrument including mobile money, card payments, or electronic funds…

Afghanistan Digital Payments and the Rise of AfPay

The Afghanistan Payments System (APS) was spearheading the modernization of retail banking in the country—and was poised to ride that momentum well into the future—when the Afghan government collapsed in August 2021. Ahmad Shakir Wali, Managing Director…

OeNB Explores Blockchain for Digital Assets and Payments

In 2021, the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (OeNB) joined forces with OeKB CSD GmbH, the Austrian Treasury (the Republic’s debt management office OeBFA), Raiffeisen Bank International AG and Erste Group Bank AG to launch DELPHI, a joint research project…

RTGS.global: Building a Financial Market Infrastructure for the Digital Age

While the industry’s focus remains largely on modernising retail transactions, wholesale payment systems, which ultimately underpin and enable rapid retail transfers to take place, have not yet benefitted from meaningful transformation. This is especially…

Bank Al-Maghrib: Steering the Evolution of Payments in Morocco

As part of the implementation of its 2019–2023 strategic plan, whose motto is “To be an efficient, innovative Central Bank and a force for change at the service of the country,” Bank Al-Maghrib strengthened in 2020 its positioning as a catalyst for innovation…

AMF: A Practical Guide on CBDC for Arab Central Banks

The main drivers that motivate Arab central banks and monetary authorities to engage in a CBDC project reflect initially the importance of promoting a cashless economy and fostering financial inclusion. The first four drivers are: (i) to move to a cashless…

Central Bank of Eswatini National Payment Systems Vision and Strategy 2025

The Central Bank of Eswatini (CBE) has been proactive in creating an enabling environment for innovation in digital financial services in response to consumer demands and changing market needs. This is evident with the release of the Practice Note for…

Special Feature: Industry Perspectives on Charting the Course for Transformative Payments

How the industry is charting the course for transformative payments in 2022 and beyond with Discover® Global Network, EMTECH, FIS, ProgressSoft, RTGS.global, StoneX, Tietoevry, and Visa.