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Key payment system changes in 2023

Countries around the world are changing their payment infrastructure in an attempt to make cross-border payments faster, easier and safer in 2023. Here’s a rundown of some of the major payment system projects happening this year.

Fundamental payment system projects in 2023
Examples of key cross-border payment infrastructure projects in 2023

CBDCs and instant payments to see majority of activity

Central digital bank currencies (CBDCs) will continue to dominate this year, with banks across Japan, India, Indonesia, the UK and the US (to name a few) all having commenced testing of digital currencies, likely driven in part by the progress of China’s digital yuan.

Outside of CBDCs, much of the activity this year will revolve around instant payments. The US Federal Reserve is expected to launch its long awaited FedNow service, which will facilitate real-time payments between financial institutions in the country 24/7, 365 days a year. Indonesia is linking its cross-border payments system with other countries in the ASEAN region in a bid to circumvent the US dollar, while a coalition of SWIFT, the Clearing House and EBA Clearing is aiming to streamline payment settlement between Europe and the US.

The much-delayed migration to ISO20022 is now expected to happen in March, and will have implications for financial institutions everywhere. We’ll be covering this in more detail in one of many upcoming reports about the world of payments in the year ahead, so stay tuned. 

How are projects aiming to improve cross-border payments worldwide?

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