EAPS introduces new payment system to boost cross-border trade

Monday 19 May 2014 11:39 CET | News

The East Africa Payment System (EAPS) has launched a new payment system that will drive trade between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

By using the new payments system, a trader in Kenya can pay for goods in any of the three region’s currencies without necessarily changing them into a customer’s preferred mode of payment. A customer instructs their commercial bank detailing the currency they intend to transfer across the border and then the bank will conduct the transaction through the EAPS.

Rwanda and Burundi are also expected to join the system, once they set up the real-time gross settlement (RTGS). The system is part of larger plan by the East African Community partner States to integrate their money and capital markets that has been under development for three years.

All commercial banks in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are participants in the system and will offer same day settlement of funds.

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Keywords: EAPS, new payment system, cross-border trade. ecommerce
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Countries: World
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