Kuwait Times, Tuesday, Jan 03, 2023 | Jamadi Al Thani 9, 1444
CBK: Six Kuwaiti banks join GCC cross-border payment system
Six local banks have joined the GCC Cross-border Payment System (AFAQ) in the
State of Kuwait, the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) announced on Monday. This came
following its efforts to develop the cross-border payment systems and deploy
advanced technologies with the aim to enhance efficiency, minimize reliance on
the financial systems and external payment platforms and reduce cost, the CBK’s
Governor Basel Al-Haroon said in a press statement.
The second phase included the joining of six Kuwaiti banks, namely National Bank
of Kuwait, Kuwaiti Finance House, Ahli United Bank, Commercial Bank of Kuwait,
Burgan Bank and Kuwait Industrial Bank, having completed all the required tests
and procedures, he added.
CBK announced in March 2022 that the first phase included the Central Bank of
Kuwait and Boubyan Bank, and it would continue its efforts to facilitate the
phased joining of the other local banks to AFAQ subject to completion of the
security and technical tests required for the planned linkage within the preset
timeframe, Al-Haroon remarked.
The governor added that AFAQ is optimized to process remittances in local GCC
and other currencies in a short time and at reduced costs to customers in a safe
and stable environment, and is part of a regional infrastructure operated and
developed by Gulf Payments Company for the GCC joint regional payment systems.
The CBK’s governor went on saying that this would help strengthen the GCC joint
payment systems and develop appropriate strategies to avoid financial risks and
achieve economic and financial integration in GCC states. The governor concluded
by emphasizing that CBK is keen to adopt the latest technologies that help
enhance efficiency and security of payment systems, and maintain monetary
stability and financial stability in the country.