From the 22nd – 25th of May 2012 the Programme in National Payment Systems was presented at the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point, Cape Town, South Africa. It was well attended by a rich mix of international participants from the private, public and regulatory arenas. Regulators of payment systems from Central and Reserve Banks from across Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe attended the course, along with representatives of MNO’s, retailers, banking associations, postal services, NGO’s and national switches. The three and a half day training programme was made up of lectures from leading experts and interactive case study and panel discussion sessions. The content of the course was largely presented by faculty from the newly formed NPS-I, with an afternoon session on the demand-side aspect of payment systems from Dr. Prinsloo of In-Fusion Research and Knowledge Hub. The NPS-I is a new institute, launched in 2012, created for the express purpose of filling an educational gap in national payments systems through tapping the intellectual resource of experts with a depth of knowledge and experience in the industry. Its mandate is to offer credible educational material on the national payments system (e-books, e-modules, subscription content) and training courses (electronic and in person) to an international audience.
The purpose of the course was to enable potential and existing players in national payments systems to engage with all the aspects of a typical national payment system in order to increase capacity in building or further developing national payment systems worldwide in a sustainable way. The topic areas presented were as follows:
- Introduction to National Payments Systems (NPS)
- The Regulatory Framework for National Payments Systems (NPS)
- Interconnection and Interoperability in Retail Payments Systems
- Clearing and Settlement Principles
- Payment Standards and Security
- National Payment Systems and Competition
- Cash Lite and the National Payments System (NPS)
- Key Issues with Mobile Payments
- Understanding the Demand-Side for Payment Services
All the topics covered were taught in an interactive manner to ensure the maximum benefit to the delegates of demonstrating real world applicability and drawing off the wealth of experience in the room. In this way, the training program was able to facilitate both content and peer-to-peer learning. Cenfri is happy to announce the course was a great success and looks forward to continued involvement in training in the payments systems arena.