Vocalink introduces real time payments in Saudi Arabia

Payments system provider Vocalink, a Mastercard company, has partnered with Saudi Payments, a fully owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) in order to launch real-time payments in the Saudi Arabian kingdom. The partnership is expected to enable the account to account payments between financial institutions, business and consumers. It aims to upgrade the payments infrastructure and encourage new fintechs to leverage the ecosystem.

Ziad Bin Bandar Al-Yousef, Managing Director, Saudi Payments said: “Saudi Payments commitment to be a key player in transforming the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into a cashless society is at the heart of our strategy and aligned with the kingdom’s Vision 2030, as prescribed in the Financial Sector Development Program (FSDP). We believe the Kingdoms’ consumers and businesses will benefit tremendously from leveraging the power of real-time payments and help the Kingdom to a smooth transition to the digital economy. Our partnership with Vocalink and IBM to enable instant payments between financial institutions, businesses and consumers will introduce innovative solutions that will benefit our society for generations. ”

The new platform will enable credit transfers, e-invoicing and billing, real-time payment acknowledgement, remittances and bulk payments instantly. The technology will also enable instant peer-to-peer money transfers between friends and family, simply from their smartphones and without the need of the recipient’s bank details.

J.K. Khalil, General Manager of Saudi Arabia & Bahrain, Mastercard said: “Real-time payments are transforming the financial services sector globally, showcasing the tremendous potential in creating efficiencies across national economies and redefining the overall experience for users in Saudi. Our partnership with Saudi Payments will foster further innovation across the Kingdom. We see this is a significant step in enabling the Kingdom’s transition towards a more digital economy.”

Vocalink’s real-time payments technology was first implemented in the United Kingdom in 2008. Most recently, Vocalink was behind the transformative payments system launched in the US for The Clearing House’s RTP.

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