BISIH: Enhancing Payments Through Innovations to Central Banks’ Payment Systems

Technology is revolutionising the provision of financial services. Central banks and other public authorities are identifying the opportunities this opens up, and one response has been to set up innovation functions. The Bank for International Settlements…

JoPACC: Jordan Marks a Decade of Digital Financial Services Developments and Innovations

The past decade has been a game-changer for Jordan's financial ecosystem, especially in terms of digital financial services and financial technology. In the first half of the decade, the country saw major developments in digital infrastructure, legislative…

Bank of Albania: In Conversation with Ledia Bregu, Part Two

In part two of our interview with Ledia Bregu, Director of Payment Systems, Accounting and Finance Department for the Bank of Albania (BoA), the conversation turned to AIPS EURO, a new payments infrastructure launched in 2022, Albania’s EU membership…

Unifits: Efficiency Meets Reliability - The Underestimated Risk of Introducing New Payment Schemas

Does centralized and industry-specific test automation for FMIs effectively solve multiple problems? Jonathan Misler of Unifits asks ChatGPT a series of questions to get an objective view on Unifits' products and whether they solve the problems they promise.

G20 Roadmap for Enhanced Cross-Border Payments: What We Have Achieved Collectively and What is Next

Since the G20 roadmap was launched in autumn 2020, considerable progress has been achieved across 19 different building blocks (BBs). The authorities internationally have developed a strong understanding of the issues, taken stock of emerging solutions…

SEACEN: Eye on The South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre

Currently, SEACEN reaches out to 35 central banks (19 member central banks, 8 associate members, and 8 observers), and the Centre collaborates with 28 strategic partners in the areas of macroeconomic and monetary policy management, financial stability,…

Payments in Kenya: Past, Present, and Future

In this series of articles, the Central Bank of Kenya explores recent developments in payments in Kenya, in line with the Bank’s vision of being A World Class Modern Central Bank. The country's payments ecosystem has undergone major developments and shifts…

Kazakhstan: Future of Payment and Digital Financial Infrastructure

The National Bank of Kazakhstan is building payment and digital financial infrastructure in the interests of everyone. These projects are aimed to stimulate competition, increase security and convenience, and, importantly, reduce the cost of financial…

ProgressSoft: Offline Use in Central Bank Digital Currencies - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Offline use may be a critical differentiating factor in the value proposition of a CBDC for end users, compared with its commercial bank card and electronic counterparts. Because consumers understandably do not appreciate the difference between commercial…

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…