Launch of Cross-border Real-time Payment Systems Connectivity between Singapore and Malaysia
- Person-to-person (P2P) cross-border fund transfers are now enabled via PayNow and DuitNow.
- Users can transfer funds instantly between the two countries by using just the recipient’s mobile phone number or Virtual Payment Address (VPA)
A Virtual Payment Address is an identifier used by Singapore non-bank financial institutions which are uniquely linked to a person’s bank account. An example of a LiquidPay VPA is +651234567#XNAP..
2. The PayNow-DuitNow linkage enables instant, secure and cost-effective P2P fund transfers and remittances between the two countries. This real-time payment systems linkage is also the first to include the participation of non-bank financial institutions from both countries, providing access to a broader group of users. Consumers of participating financial institutions
3. The service will be made available to Singapore customers of Liquid Group, Maybank Singapore, OCBC and UOB under a phased approach, where these institutions will progressively increase the number of eligible user groups from today until end-January 2024. This is to support customers' familiarisation with the service. For users in Malaysia, the service will first be available for all CIMB, Maybank and TNG Digital users
4. The PayNow-DuitNow linkage is an outcome of extensive collaboration among the central banks, payment system operators
5. MAS Managing Director Mr Ravi Menon said, “The PayNow-DuitNow linkage is the culmination of a shared aspiration by Singapore and Malaysia to facilitate cross-border payments between the two countries. This linkage represents another step towards ASEAN’s vision for regional payments interconnectivity.”
6. BNM Governor Datuk Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour said, “Cross-border payments that are fast, secure and cost-efficient can provide immense benefits especially for individuals and small businesses in countries with very close economic ties such as Malaysia and Singapore. The PayNow-DuitNow linkage enables us to reap these benefits towards our shared growth and prosperity, while laying the foundations for scalable cross-border payment networks across and beyond ASEAN.”
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