SBP has Launched Raast Pakistan’s first instant Payment System
SBP has Launched the country’s first instant digital payment system “Rast”.Raast is Pakistan’s first instant payment system that will enable end-to-end digital payments among individuals, businesses, and government entities instantaneously. This program is an important step towards a digital Pakistan. The state-of-the-art Pakistan’s Faster Payment System will be used to settle small-value retail payments in real-time while at the same time provide cheap and universal access to all players in the financial industry including banks and fintech.
Pakistan has had low electronic transactions for a number of reasons including low banking penetration, lack of trust, and awareness of digital payment methods, limited interoperability, difficult accessibility, and high cost of transactions. The Real-Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS) of Pakistan provides instant payment settlements for large value and corporate transactions only. Raast Pakistan’s Instant Payment System will facilitate retail payment settlements with great efficiency. Pakistan collects the lowest taxes in the world, only 2 million people out of a population of 220 million pay taxes, 70% of these 2 million people pay taxes, only 3,000 people are working to eradicate poverty through the Ehsas program, which How will the country develop if it does not have a revenue? More money cannot be spent on human development due to lower tax collection.
Digital payments only account for 0.2% of Pakistan’s 100 billion transactions today, whereas the share of digital transactions1 in peer countries ranges from 1.5% to 7%. This can be primarily be attributed to the challenges within the payment ecosystem, which include:
Limited interoperability: Financial institutions (i.e. the providers of digital payment services) have difficulty connecting to each other due to a lack of necessary central infrastructure.
The high cost of digital payments to the end-user: End users are charged high fees for transferring money digitally, making digital payments inaccessible for a large portion of the population.
Poor user experience: End-users must go through a complex process to make digital payments and there are no digital modes of payment that are widely accepted by merchants.
Lack of security: Currently available digital payment types and infrastructure do not offer sufficient/adequate data protection and authentication.
Features of Raast
Instantaneous payments: Near real-time digital payments across individuals, merchants, businesses, and government entities.
Low-to-no transaction costs for end-users: Raast is designed to operate at a cost-recovery model in order to make digital payments affordable to end-users of all socio-economic backgrounds
Full sector-wide interoperability: Raast will allow all financial institutions to seamlessly connect to each other via a single link to the central infrastructure, making digital payments accessible across any channel to customers of any financial institution.
Customer-centric innovative products/services: Raast will be built on cutting-edge technological standards, allowing financial institutions to develop innovative and user-friendly digital payment products and services (e.g. payment through phone number/email.
Reliability and enhanced security: Raast will introduce more secure payment types, ensure that each transaction is authorized by the payer, and offer enhanced data protection and fraud detection services.