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European Central Bank president pushes for crypto regulation

News | Payments General | 25 May 2022

European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde has stated, according to Bloomberg, that crypto-currencies should be regulated to steer people away from speculating on them with their life savings.

digital euro, regulation, cryptocurrency, central bank

China's central bank and regulators encourage banks to increase lending

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 24 May 2022

People's Bank of China and regulators have urged the nation’s lenders to step up support for the real economy and meet credit demand.

central bank, lending, regulation, banks, COVID-19

Pakistan's National Savings connects with Raast payment system

News | Payments General | 24 May 2022

State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced the integration of Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) with Raast payment system.

central bank, EMI licence, digitalisation, real-time payments, payment methods

Sweden finalises first stage of migration to TIPS

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 24 May 2022

Sweden-based Sveriges Riksbank has completed the first phase of the migration to TARGET Instant Payment Settlement (TIPS).

instant settlement, central bank, digital payments, instant payments, money transfer

Argentina: Banks, e-wallets to associate all bank accounts in their apps

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 23 May 2022

The Central Bank of Argentina (BCRA) has ordered that banks and virtual wallets offer their clients the possibility of associating all the accounts that they have in their name through their applications, according to

central bank, data aggregation, financial data, banks, e-wallet, digital wallet

Brazil regulators publish joint resolution on Open Finance interoperability

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 23 May 2022

The regulatory and supervisory bodies of the financial and insurance market have published the Joint Resolution No. 5/2022, which provides for interoperability in Open Finance. 

central bank, Open Finance, Open Banking

SWIFT trials cross-border CBDC with Cap Gemini

News | Cryptocurrencies | 23 May 2022

SWIFT, the organization responsible for messaging most cross border payments, has started a new set of CBDC interoperability experiments partnering with Capgemini.

central bank, digital currency, regulatory sandbox, CBDC, DeFi, blockchain

ECB pushes digital coin despite mixed feelings from population

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 18 May 2022

The European Central Bank has released another working paper on the digital euro, despite Europeans’ concerns regarding a central bank digital currency (CBDC)

central bank, digital euro, digital currency, cash, cashless, regulation, bank transfer, GDPR, CBDC

Central Bank of Chile tackles digital currency

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 18 May 2022

The Central Bank of Chile (BCCH) has announced it is considering issuing its Central Bank digital currency, the digital peso.

central bank, regulation, digital currency, digitalisation, digital banking, regulatory sandbox

UK Treasury to legalise stablecoins

News | Cryptocurrencies | 18 May 2022

United Kingdom’s Department of Treasury has shown intend to go ahead with legalising stablecoins as a form of payment.

treasury, central bank, stablecoin, regulation

BSP confirms introduction of 3 e-payment streams in 2022

News | Payments General | 18 May 2022

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has reaffirmed the introduction of Bills Pay, Request-to-Pay, and Direct Deposit by the end of 2022.

Request to Pay, product launch, central bank, digitalisation, digital payments

Nigeria issues new digital assets regulations

News | Cryptocurrencies | 18 May 2022

Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission has released new rules to guide the issuance, custody, and exchange of digital assets, while also classifying them as securities.

digital assets, regulation, central bank, security token

Companies offering BNPL in Ireland must be authorised by the central bank

News | Online Payments | 17 May 2022

The Central Bank of Ireland has widened its consumer protection rules to cover Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) companies.

BNPL, central bank, regulation, lending, compliance, interest rate

Central Bank of Azerbaijan adapts interbank payment system to ISO20022

News | Payments General | 11 May 2022

The Central Bank of Azerbaijan Republic (CBAR) has successfully completed switching its Azerbaijan Interbank Payment System (AZIPS) to the ISO20022 standard, according to

ISO 20022, central bank

Nigeria upgrades eNaira, steering away from crypto

News | Cryptocurrencies | 10 May 2022

Nigeria’s central bank has upgraded its eNaira to steer the country away from crypto even after a UN report stated that restrictions on digital currencies are stifling the nation’s fintech sector.

CBDC, central bank, digital currency, regulation

Spare granted Open Banking ancillary service provider license in Bahrain

News | Mobile Payments | 09 May 2022

Kuwait-based fintech Spare has received a licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain to operate as an Open Banking ancillary service provider in Bahrain.

Open Banking, mobile payments, spend management, banking license, central bank

GXS Bank to receive banking licence in Malaysia

News | Online & Mobile Banking | 03 May 2022

Grab and Singtel have announced that GXS Bank, their digital bank joint venture, has been selected to receive a full digital banking licence in Malaysia.

partnership, funding, banking license, central bank, SMEs

Australia's central bank urges banks to update online payments tech

News | Payments General | 03 May 2022

Australia's central bank has decided to urge commercial banks to meet deadlines on new payments systems that will better allow customers to set up direct debits and to transfer money internationally, Reuters states.


central bank, regulation, real-time payments, banks, online payments

Fintech SadaPay raises funds before of rollout

News | Mobile Payments | 25 Apr 2022

Pakistan-based fintech SadaPay has raised additional funds as it received permission for operations that will allow it to add new users.

mobile payments, EMI licence, central bank, fintech, payment processing

How can tokenised liabilities help central banks realise the CBDC opportunity?

Interviews | Cryptocurrencies | 20 Apr 2022

Marten Nelson, Co-Founder & CEO of M10 Networks, explores payments systems that would work offline, avoid bank runs, and be successfully applied in a DeFi world

tokenization, central bank, CBDC, stablecoin, online payments, blockchain, digital wallet