QR code payment system set to launch this year

The Central Bank of Myanmar is set to implement a standardised national payment system by this year, says CBM Vice Governor U Bo Bo Nge.

Daw Than Than Swe, director general of the CBM’s Financial Institutions Regulation Department, said to the Myanmar Times that the system will cover international payments, mobile wallets and all mobile network operators.

“We are going to introduce an easy payment system via mobile phones in Myanmar later this year and we are being as systematic as possible with the drafting of the regulations as the system will be used by the public to transfer funds for transactions such as buying and selling,” said U Bo Bo Nge.

The system will be based on Quick Response Code, commonly referred to as QR codes. CBM is in talks with international payment firms like Visa and JCB, and local mobile wallet providers such as Wave Money, M Pitesan, OK$, WeChat and Ali-pay on the implementation of the system.

“We are coordinating to use a national standard for the whole country and not different QR codes from companies. Currently, we have confirmed the technology and we are working on management, prices, distribution, implementation and financial status of the entire system. It is expected that the system will greatly improve the retail payment sector, once it is in place,” said Daw Than Than Swe.

However, once the system emerges, card payment system will continue to be used, Myanmar Payment Union CEO U Zaw Lin Htut told The Myanmar Times.

“Although QR system will be in used, bank cards will continue to be a payment channel separately. Any payment platform can use it if the standards are followed. So, any users of payment services can pay,” he said.

National standard payment systems are already in place in Thailand and Vietnam.


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