CBK: Six local banks have joined the GCC Cross-border Payment System in Kuwait.
08 January 2023, 12:00 AM
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM
Six local banks have joined the GCC Cross-border Payment System (AFAQ) in 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 Governor said 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, he noted.
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 time frame, Al-Haroon remarked.