Bank Negara, Bank of Thailand launch cross-border QR payment linkage

Kuala Lumpur: A cross-border QR payment linkage between Thailand and Malaysia was dispatched by the Bank Negara Malaysia and The Bank Of Thailand (BOT) on Friday. Bank Negara said shoppers and traders in both countries will now be able to create and get instant cross-border QR code payments, in a statement released on Friday.

The task will be finished in three stages, which began in June 2020. Friday denoted the finishing of the principal stage in connecting the constant retail payment frameworks of Real-time Retail Payments Platform (RPP)/ DuitNow in Malaysia and PromptPay in Thailand, as confirmed by Bank Negara today. Installment to be credited into a beneficiary’s account in a split second is one of the facilities provided by fast payment systems such as RPP and PromptPay. 

During the principal stage, clients in Thailand are currently ready to utilize their versatile installment applications to scan DuitNow QR codes to make installment to traders in Malaysia including for online cross-border web based business exchanges.

Clients in Malaysia will actually be able to utilize mobile payment applications to scan Thai QR codes to make instalments to merchants in Thailand, under phase two as stated by the Bank Negera. It said phase two is relied upon to go live in the final quarter of 2021. Thai QR code is a normalized QR code in Thailand, similar to DuitNow QR in Malaysia. The last period of the linkage will be extended to incorporate cross-line settlment.

Clients in the two nations will be able to make continuous asset moves helpfully by referring to the cell phone number of the beneficiary. This is relied upon to go live in the final quarter of 2022. 

Bank Negara featured this coordinated effort as a critical achievement in the Asean Payment Connectivity drive that advances monetary combination in the district through expanded productivity, decreased expenses and improved client experience for cross-line installments. 

The retail installment linkage will fill in as a significant empowering influence to help post-pandemic financial recuperation by additional fortifying monetary ties between partaking nations.

Datuk Abdul Rasheed Ghaffour, serving as Bank Negara deputy governor stated, “The retail payment linkage will enhance the efficiency and convenience of cross-border payments by providing users with faster, cheaper, and more inclusive payment arrangements. This will give more options for consumers and merchants in the cross-border payment space and serve as a key enabler to strengthen regional connectivity and financial integration.”

The initial two banks that have partaken in the linkage and begun offering the moment cross-line QR code instalment administration to their clients are SIMB Thai Bank and Public Bank Berhad. More installment specialist co-ops are expected to take part in offering such assistance, hence expanding the organization of clients and vendors. 

This undertaking is made conceivable with the cooperation from different partners from the two nations. These incorporate the Payments Network Malaysia (PayNet) and the National ITMX (NITMX) as instalment framework administrators, just as banks in the CIMB Group as the settlement banks that are answerable for the settlement of cross-line exchanges performed through the QR instalment linkage among Malaysia and Thailand.