Central Bank of Montenegro: How to Boost Banking and Payment Innovation in a Small Developing Economy

Fostering innovation brings with it different challenges depending on the level of development, market size or even the geographic position of a country. When compared to the frontrunners, small markets face barriers that are much more challenging than…

Bank of Israel: Spurring Paytech Innovation in Smaller Developed Markets

In recent years, at the Bank of Israel we have resolved to lead game-changing initiatives in the payments space. Our intent is not only to close gaps that have emerged between Israel and the global payments scene, but also to proactively lead in areas…

Inside the Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory Innovation Programme

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has successfully delivered online capacity building and education to more than 1,000 regulators and central bankers from 220 institutions in over 135 countries via its Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory…

Central Bank of the Future Project Examines Technology and Financial Inclusion

The central bank of the future must adapt to changing technologies to provide a financial system that works for all. Over the last three years, the University of Michigan’s Center on Finance, Law & Policy (CFLP) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation…

Regulatory Collaboration on Innovation in South Africa: The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

During 2016, the SARB became increasingly involved in working groups with international standard-setting bodies focused on fintech innovation, which prompted reflection on the potential implications for South Africa, the region and the continent. The…

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…

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…

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…

Future of the Payment System in Nigeria: 2020 and Beyond

Nigeria is acknowledged as a major economic force within Africa, and also an active player in the global economy. To participate actively therefore, her payments system must be credible, reliable and efficient, and successfully benchmarked against the…