Tag Archives: financial industry

  • Central Bank of Nigeria's logo is seen on the headquarters building in Abuja

    Four innovations with CBN’s open banking regulations

    Nigeria is undoubtedly in the lead with its open banking initiatives among African countries and other developing countries. Following the release of the operational guidelines for open banking in Nigeria, the journey to fully launched open banking standards is within months at the most. Open banking holds the potential to promote financial inclusion and transform …

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  • Open Banking: Driving growth for banks in Nigeria

    Introduction The way we carry out financial transactions today is very different from what it used to be. At the moment, there are a lot of fintech companies and innovators constantly pushing the boundaries within the finance sector. These advancements have created the importance of seamlessly sharing data through an open banking system. This would …

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  • Open APIs: An inclusive model for advancing financial inclusion in Nigeria (An Open Banking Nigeria perspective)

    Introduction Financial inclusion has become more than a catchphrase within the financial services space in recent times, primarily due to discussions on the subject from several stakeholders, including development organisations, governments, banks, etc. Investopedia defines financial inclusion as “efforts to make financial products and services accessible and affordable to all individuals and businesses, regardless of …

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  • Redefining Customer-Centricity

    By Khadijah Abu and Yvonne-Faith Elaigwu Introduction Traditionally, most financial products and services were designed without consulting customers or truly understanding their peculiar needs. Product designs and features were rather focused on what technology can do – highlighting new features and innovation which may not address the core of customer needs. Hence, the idea of …

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  • Is Nigeria Ready for an API-Led Banking? – An Open Banking Nigeria perspective

    Nigerian banks have become leaders within the digital finance space in Africa within the last 10 years. While many reference M-Pesa as an example of mobile money innovation in Africa that Nigeria is yet to completely pull off, it can be stated that Nigerian banks currently offer more than what M-Pesa or other mobile money schemes …

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  • Interswitch, Paga adopt Open Banking, to champion advocacy in Nigeria

    Interswitch, Africa’s largest integrated digital payments and financial technology firm, and pioneer mobile payments firm, Paga have joined other forward-thinking stakeholders in Nigeria’s financial services industry to adopt Open Banking and champion its advocacy in Nigeria with the aim of driving innovation and choice for customers, businesses, financial technology firms, banks and other players in …

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  • EY, Open Banking Nigeria Partner for Financial Services Innovation

    Ernst & Young (EY), a global professional services firm, has finalised arrangements with Open Banking Nigeria to develop and advocate for a standard Application Programming Interface (API) for the country’s financial services industry. The partnership will, in addition, transform the management of financial data and extend services to individuals and businesses across Nigeria. EY, in …

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  • Nigeria to Pioneer Open Banking in Africa, Joins the UK, Others

    Nigeria has signified a strong desire to become the first country in Africa and the second in EMEA—after Bahrain—to officially adopt an Open Banking standard, which defines how financial data is created, shared and accessed – a system which also provides users with a network of financial institutions’ data through the use of a standard …

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  • KPMG, Open Technology Foundation collaborate, for improved financial services

    KPMG, a professional services company and one of the Big Four auditors in the world, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Open Technology Foundation (OTF), to promote a standard Application Programming Interface (API) for in the financial services sector in Nigeria, with the primary objective of consistently providing consumers of financial services with access …

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  • Sterling Bank to Champion Open Banking in Nigeria

    To chart a new course for the financial services industry in Nigeria and the African continent, Sterling Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s forward-looking financial institutions, has formally committed to the development of the Application Programming Interface (API) standard for financial institutions. First of its kind on the African continent, the initiative will ensure the launch …

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