EMTECH: The Coming Modernization of Central Banking

EMTECH is the fintech of Modern Central Banking, helping regulators leapfrog existing regulatory frameworks and systems, and to adopt an innovation mindset as well as an innovation toolset, says D.R. Maurice, Chief Risk & Policy Officer. A Modern Central…

CBDC Tracker: Classifying and Comparing Worldwide CBDC Projects

To provide a detailed database for CBDC projects, we have set up the CBDC Tracker. The CBDC Tracker is an open-source tool gathering CBDC-related information worldwide. The CBDC Tracker can be used to compare CBDC projects according to a broad array of…

The Italian Banking Association’s Spunta and Digital Euro Projects

Disruptive technologies. Even better, technology that explicitly aims to disintermediate traditional banks. There are three possible reactions: you can simply ignore it, you may hope they disappear, or you can try to understand and embrace the change. In…

Recent FinTech and E-Payment Initiatives in Kuwait

“We, at the Central Bank of Kuwait, are preparing the infrastructure for future aspirations that would enable a truly digital economy.” With these words in September 2019, Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) Governor Mohammad Y. Al-Hashel laid out a vision that…

The Future of Cross-Border Payments: Canada’s Journey

The momentum of the FSB roadmap comes at an excellent time as Payments Canada is midway through a multi-year payments Modernization initiative. Guiding our country’s payments Modernization journey are the needs of Canadians, including financial institutions,…

Azerbaijan Launches the New Digital Payment Platform

Aligned with one of the main goals of the State Program, the CBA developed the Instant Payment System (hereinafter—IPS), which successfully launched on October 1st, 2020. The main rationale behind this initiative is to respond to the most recent challenges…

Albania—Chasing the Financially Excluded

Chasing excluded populations that don’t have access to financial services, which add up to around 60% of adult population, is considered to be crucial in addressing the heavily cash reliant economy in Albania and an important key to unlocking opportunities…

Buna: The Right Vision That is Being Delivered at the Right Time

Buna, the cross-border and multi-currency payment system, came to fruition on the 23rd of February 2020 as a culmination of an implementation program launched in 2018 that was preceded by a thorough feasibility study initiated in 2016. In fact, Buna’s…

Lithuania: Building a Fintech Success Story from a Regulatory Point of View

The ongoing technological transformation in the sphere of financial services has not only improved financial services themselves but also created new opportunities for countries willing to attract innovation. In recent years, Lithuania has emerged as…

BIS - Regulating Fintech: Many Approaches for Many Challenges

New tech-savvy players are entering the financial market left and right. The way they provide financial services would not be possible without the advances in financial technology we have witnessed in recent years. But traditional financial institutions…