Central banks are monitoring and fostering the development of fast payment services - CPMI

Press release  | 
08 November 2016

The development and importance of fast payments services are the focus of a new report by the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI), the global standard setter for payment, clearing and settlement services.

Across CPMI jurisdictions, the number of so-called fast payment services, which make funds immediately available to the payee and can be used around-the-clock, has more than doubled since 2010. Fast payment services are expected to grow further, providing more options for time sensitive payments, allowing consumers to better track spending, helping businesses better manage cash and supporting financial inclusion. However, they do create challenges for payments systems and may have implications for central banks and other stakeholders. 

"Fast payments have the potential to generate benefits for various stakeholders and for society in general, provided that risks are properly managed. They can play a key role in upgrading and modernising a jurisdiction's payment system," CPMI Chairman Benoît Cœuré said.

"Central banks can contribute to the development and implementation of fast payments through their traditional roles as catalysts for change, as well as operators and overseers of payment systems."

The Fast payments report sets out key characteristics of fast payments, takes stock of different initiatives in CPMI jurisdictions, analyses supply and demand factors that may foster or hinder their development and sets out their benefits and risks.

The CPMI said central banks should consider their role and determine what support is warranted in order to foster the development of safe and efficient fast payments, including potential changes in their operational services.


  1. The CPMI promotes the safety and efficiency of payment, clearing, settlement and related arrangements, thereby supporting financial stability and the wider economy. The CPMI monitors and analyses developments in these arrangements, both within and across jurisdictions. It also serves as a forum for central bank cooperation in related oversight, policy and operational matters, including the provision of central bank services. The CPMI is a global standard setter in this area. It aims at strengthening regulation, policy and practices regarding such arrangements worldwide. The CPMI secretariat is hosted by the BIS. More information about the CPMI, and all its publications, can be found on the BIS website.
  2. The Fast payments report was prepared for the CPMI by a working group comprising representatives from CPMI central banks.