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CBSL releases “A Guide to Payment Services in Sri Lanka”

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D. Kumaratunge presenting the booklet to CBSL Governor Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe. Also present are T M J Y P Fernando, M R Wijewardena, and A M T N Athapathu.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) decided to release a booklet, ‘A Guide to Payment Services in Sri Lanka’ illustrating the payment instruments/methods and the infrastructures in Sri Lanka. The booklet was presented to CBSL Governor Dr. P. Nandalal Weerasinghe by Assistant Governor D. Kumaratunge on 12.04.2022.

The payment industry in Sri Lanka is currently undergoing a rapid change due to the introduction of new payment instruments, methods and processes. Along with the traditional payment methods, these new payment processes have completely redefined the customer experience and enabled businesses and consumers to conduct their financial transactions safely and efficiently.

The booklet provides a detailed explanation of traditional as well as recently introduced payment instruments such as Cheques, Payment Cards, Mobile Payment Applications including QR code-based transactions (LANKAQR), and Payment, Clearing and Settlement Systems such as Real Time Gross Settlement System, Sri Lanka Interbank Payment System, Mobile Phone-based e-money Systems etc. The booklet also explains the Retail Payment Infrastructure including the Common ATM Switch, Shared ATM Switch, Common Point-of-Sale Switch, Common Electronic Fund Transfer Switch (CEFTS) and popular payment products based on CEFTS including LankaPay Online Payment Platform, JustPay, Direct Debit.

This booklet is written in an easy-to-read format with FAQs and graphs including transaction flow charts helping the general public to easily understand how financial transactions can be conducted with greater convenience. The booklet also provides detailed explanations of the technical terms used, so that supervisors, teachers and especially those in higher studies can benefit by enhancing their knowledge of the subject matter. Employees of financial institutions can use this booklet as a guide in their day to day work, thus helping customer queries and increasing their customer satisfaction.

An electronic version of this booklet will be available for downloading from the CBSL website as an e-book and interested parties will be able to purchase the printed version from CBSL sales counters, in the future.


Monday, April 18, 2022 – 01:00

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