GhIPSS mulls more real-time payment products in 2020

There is continuous growth in the volume of GhIPSS Instant Pay (GIP) – emphasising customers’ preference for real-time payment, the 2019 performance of electronic payment products report has shown.

The report, released by the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), showed that the volume of GIP-based transactions shot up in excess of 1,200 percent from 144,000 in 2018 to 1.9 million last year.

The growth in instant pay volumes has been consistent since it was launched, showing customers preference for real-time payments.

Until recently, payments in Ghana, except cash, took at least three days for the recipient to get value.

But that has since changed with the introduction of mobile money, express payment services and, more importantly, the GhIPSS Instant Pay.

The GIP allows customers to transfer or receive money instantly through the banking system, using any of the electronic payment platforms such as Internet banking or mobile banking.

The Chief Executive of GhIPSS, Archie Hesse, described the GIP as “good as cash but even more secure,” suggesting that customers’ preference will keep growing.

In line with the obvious interest in real-time payments, GhIPSS is set to roll out a number of other real-time payments this year.

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Speaking during a recent interaction with the media in Accra, Mr. Hesse said there is going to be enormous focus on such payment products.

He spoke of the planned launch of a universal QR code payment, which will ensure customers use their phones to scan merchants’ QR codes and makee instant payments.

Another real-time product for the year is christened Proxy Pay. This service will link an individual customers’ phone-number to a bank account, such that payments can be made instantly by just typing in the phone number instead of the 13-digit account number.

Proxy Pay is to ensure easy payments, as phone numbers are easy to recall and type.

However, for corporate organisations, their bank accounts will be linked to their names so that one can just type in a company’s name and effect payments electronically.

The GhIPSS also intends to launch Request to Pay, which will enable customers to make payments when they receive bills from their service providers.

These bills will be received through SMS text messages, with options for the customer to approve payment with funds from their bank account.

These real-time payments are expected to create more convenience for customers and ensure security of their payment transactions.

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