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BAFT Releases Whitepaper on Cross-Border Faster Payments

by Blair Bernstein | Mar 29, 2021
BAFT announces publication of whitepaper on conditions necessary for a cross-border faster payments ecosystem.

WASHINGTON - BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, today announced the publication of its whitepaper, Enabling Faster Payments Across Borders.

The paper discusses the cost-benefit analysis involved in moving forward with cross-border faster payments including user expectations and industry readiness for adoption. It also provides recommendations and key considerations to enable the development of a cross-border faster payments ecosystem.

“Baseline standards and processes must be established to address the open issues that make real progress on cross-border faster payments difficult to attain,” said Samantha Pelosi, senior vice president for payments and innovation, BAFT and co-chair of the BAFT Cross-Border Faster Payments Working Group, which produced the paper. “These issues fall into three broad categories of interoperability, business processes and compliance, and are similar to the frictions that the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) have identified as inherent to all cross-border payments.”

The publication of this paper is the first step of BAFT’s larger strategy to facilitate global faster payments by encouraging the designers of national and regional faster payments systems to include the capability at the outset. The paper and ongoing research by BAFT’s Global Payments Industry Council on best practices for the implementation of a faster payments system will serve as reference points for the association’s discussions with regulators, central banks, market infrastructures and system operators.

“To benefit international trade and economic growth, we need to enhance global connectivity by making payment systems in different geographies interoperable,” said Vinayak Prabhu, vice president, global transaction banking, Mashreq Bank and co-chair of the Working Group. “The paper provides recommendations along with potential models for building a seamless, transparent, and faster cross-border payments ecosystem.”

BAFT encourages entities that are currently building or upgrading their faster payments systems to incorporate the functionality and operating rules necessary for processing cross-border payments when the market is ready.

The development of the whitepaper began in the fall of 2019, when BAFT assembled a working group of 24 members based in North America, Europe, MENA, and APAC. A drafting sub-group of BNY Mellon, HSBC, iSoftware4Banks, Mashreq Bank and TD Bank wove the information into an important, future-looking resource.

To read Enabling Faster Payments Across Borders, visit BAFT’s Library of Documents under the BAFT Guidance on Industry Practices section or click here.

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BAFT is the leading international financial services association whose membership includes large global and regional banks, service providers, and fintech companies headquartered around the world. BAFT provides advocacy, thought leadership, education, and a global forum for its members in transaction banking, including international trade finance and payments. For nearly a century, BAFT has expanded markets, shaped policy, developed business solutions, and preserved the safety and soundness of the global financial system.

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