A total of 2 million bank customers have signed up for the new money transfer platform, PesaLink, which is owned by the bankers’ umbrella body KBA.
The milestone has been achieved barely two months after the initiation of the service by Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL), a company that is wholly owned by the Kenya Bankers Association.
A total of 22 Banks approved by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to provide the interbank money transfer service, are now processing huge daily transactions.
PesaLink is a money transfer solution that can be accessed on at least five bank channels. The service affords bank customers registered on the platform to make real time interbank payments, around the clock, without having to go through any intermediaries on any of the five bank channels including; Mobile devices, Internet, Automated Teller Machines (ATM), Bank Branches or Commercial Bank Agency outlets.
Speaking when she confirmed the monthly progressive milestones, IPSL CEO, Jennifer Theuri said that the banks on the platform have also managed to achieve straight through processing of Pesalink transactions. Most banks on the IPSL platform, she said, have managed to consistently record impressive average turnaround rate for transactions on the platform.
“At IPSL, we are glad to celebrate the one-month brand rollout milestone which provides a good test run ahead of our formal launch in the coming weeks,” Theuri said, adding that, “So far, we have managed to link more than 2 million bank customers on PesaLink drawn from 22 member banks and we hope to significantly raise this number in the next few weeks as we continue to on-board more banks.”
The PesaLink platform allows the registered users to transact as low as Kshs 10 to as much as Kshs 999,999 across the banking system at a low cost comparatively.
KBA recently unveiled the PesaLink brand and commenced a phased rollout of the digital payments platform, expected to cut the cost of transactions and transform the way consumers interact with their banks.
The 22 CBK licensed Banks on the IPSL platform include I&M Bank Kenya, CBA, First Community Bank, Paramount Bank, Jamii Bora Bank, ABC Bank, Bank of Africa, Spire Bank and Equity Bank. Others include; Cooperative Bank, Barclays Bank of Kenya (Co-op Bank), Credit Bank Ltd, DTB, Guardian Bank, Middle East Bank, NIC Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Prime Bank, Victoria Bank, Gulf African Bank, Consolidated Bank and Stanbic Bank.
Founded under the Central Bank of Kenya’s National Payments System (NPS) guidelines, the platform has been developed to provide interoperability and related FinTech solutions for banks. IPSL will also inform policy direction and manage the risks associated with payment systems in the market, while providing technical and related guidance to KBA member banks.