EY LogoTo develop and advocate a standard API (application programming interface) for Nigeria’s financial services industry, London-headquartered global accounting firm Ernst & Young (EY) has inked an agreement with Open Banking Nigeria, a Lagos-based open banking advocate, and facilitator.

The partnership is also expected to bring about transformation in terms of financial data management, EY said in a statement.

As a part of the agreement, EY is aiming at encouraging the adoption of a standard API practice among stakeholders, players, and regulators and enable further innovations in the industry.

A unified API will empower individual and corporate users to instruct their service providers to share their bank balance and transaction information with regulated account information service providers (AISPs), according to the firm.

The step is expected to result in the development of modern payment services, cost-saving for operators and increased innovation while also guaranteeing information security and privacy.

“… EY Nigeria is working with stakeholders to use open banking to reshape financial services, especially as regulators and governments seek to increase competition and choice,” Dapo Adewole, Partner, Technology Advisory, at EY stated.

He added, “We understand that customers also expect more convenience and flexible access to services, driven by broader digital experience and emerging technology.”

Ope Adeoye, a trustee at Open Banking Nigeria also commented that the new alliance would lead to the development of the next generation of API standard for the Nigerian financial services industry.

The firms highlighted that the adoption of Open Banking in Nigeria is critical to improving customer engagement and building new digital revenue channels. It is also expected to influence the operations of other industries, including telecommunications, power, hospitality, retail, and insurance.

by Sheeba Bhagat Dawar
Market Analyst at IBS Intelligence