ProgressSoft: Regulatory Strategies for a Resilient Instant Payment Landscape

The pace of evolution in instant payments, also known as real-time or fast payments, has been phenomenal, especially in emerging economies, and has acted as a catalyst to kickstart economic activities. Regulators and governments worldwide are striving…

Central Bank of Paraguay: Instant Payments in Paraguay

On May 23, 2022, the Central Bank of Paraguay (BCP) implemented the first phase of the Paraguayan Instant Payment System (SPI). This first phase consisted of implementing electronic fund transfers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (24x7). For end customers,…

RTGS.global: Three Years On, Is the G20 Roadmap for Cross-border Payments Set to Usher in a New Spirit of Public-Private Collaboration?

It will likely be private sector innovation that provides the key to unlocking faster, safer, more efficient, and less expensive cross-border payments. The private sector is well placed to advise on and illustrate the practicalities of how to improve…

PASA: A South African Approach to Interoperability

South Africa is currently transitioning its regulatory landscape to support increased access to the National Payment System (NPS) and to adopt activity-based licensing and regulation for payment service providers. The Payments Association of South Africa…

Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Te Pūtea Matua: In Conversation with Ian Woolford, Director of Money and Cash

The Central Bank Payments News team recently sat down with Ian Woolford, Director of Money and Cash at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand — Te Pūtea Matua, for an in-depth discussion on the reserve bank’s Future of Money work program.

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

The Feature article in the August 2020 issue of Central Bank Payments News (CBPN) was authored by the Bank of Albania’s Ledia Bregu. At the time, Albania was less than half-way through its National Retail Payments Strategy, 2018–2023, an ambitious document…

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…

Centro de Innovación Financiera: Creating the Regulatory Framework for Fintech in Costa Rica - The Leading Role of the Regulator in a Small Economy

This article describes the elements of the FinTech roadmap that the Superintendencies, the National Council for Supervision of the Financial System (CONASSIF), and the Central Bank of Costa Rica (BCCR), have been implementing for the design of a regulatory…

Central Bank of the Republic of Kosovo: In Conversation with Dardan Fusha, Director of the Department for Payment Systems

The Central Bank Payments News team recently caught up with Dardan Fusha, Director of the Department for Payment Systems at CBK, who filled us in on the implementation of CBK’s National Retail Payments Strategy, plans to enhance legislation and regulation…

CCAF: Third Anniversary of the Cambridge FinTech and Regulatory Innovation Programme

The Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) has successfully delivered its online capacity building and education programme to more than 1,400 regulators and central bankers from 340+ institutions in over 145 countries via its Cambridge FinTech…