Uzbekistan: Ensuring Stability of the Payment System

Over the last decade, the Central Bank of Uzbekistan (CBU) has significantly modernized its payment systems and services to meet the preferences of businesses and consumers in the digital era. As in many jurisdictions across the globe, Uzbekistan’s digital…

Instant Payments for the Maldives: The Maldives Payment System Development Project

To capitalize on the technological developments in the global payments arena and the country’s strong telecommunication infrastructure, the MMA identified the need for a sound and inclusive, digitally enhanced network that will address the obstacles in…

India: Recent Developments in Payment and Settlement Systems

The Indian payments industry has witnessed remarkable growth, innovation and regulatory support over the last few years. Consequent to the demonetisation of high-value currency notes of ₹500 and ₹1000 in November 2016, the evolution of the digital payments…

Third Solomon Islands National Financial Inclusion Strategy Launch

The Central Bank of Solomon Islands (CBSI) recently launched the National Financial Inclusion Strategy 3, 2021-2025 (NFIS3), which provides the third 5-year roadmap for financial inclusion in the Solomon Islands.

Colombia: New Regulation for the Low Value Payment System

Based on the experience and regulations of other countries, such as the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Brazil, Decree 1692 of 2020 sets a new architecture for the low value payment system in Colombia. It adds objectives and principles for the operation…

El Salvador: Perspective on the Development of the Financial System, With an Inclusive Approach and Use of New Technologies

The Covid-19 pandemic made evident the situation of exclusion to digital financial services that characterises El Salvador. The government faced this problem in its first year in office. Food delivery services increased, but only with the use of cash…

Bangladesh: Payment Systems Development

The financial landscape of Bangladesh has been rapidly transforming, driven by deeper forces: i) the adoption of financial technology led by the omnipresence of the internet and availability of power; ii) opportunities created by the demographic dividend…

In Conversation with Sheila Warren

Central bank digital currencies (CBDC) and stablecoins captured the headlines in 2020, with central banks ramping up their research and pilot projects and the first issuance of a retail CBDC. What sort of developments can we expect in 2021? CBPN caught…

Introducing the Visa Economic Empowerment Institute

As a global network with more than six decades of experience building inclusive digital ecosystems, Visa understands that creating the conditions for sustainable growth at scale is a shared responsibility of the public and private sectors. That is why…

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…