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CBN issues operational guidelines on open banking

CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

Former CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) issued operational guidelines for open banking in Nigeria on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the guidelines establish principles for data sharing across banking and payment systems.

In the guidelines, the CBN shall provide and maintain an Open Banking Registry to provide regulatory oversight on participants, enhance transparency and regulate operators within the open banking ecosystem.

The guidelines also stipulate Consent Management, whereby consent of customers is required before their data can be obtained for open banking products and services, among others.

CBN’s Director, Payments System Management Department, Mr Musa Jimoh, stated that the guidelines were in furtherance of the bank’s mandate to stabilise the financial system.

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Jimoh added that the guidelines were also pursuant to the bank’s role in deepening the financial system.

“The adoption of open banking in Nigeria will foster the sharing of customer-permitted data between banks and third-party firms to enable the building of customer-focused products and services.

“It is also aimed at enhancing efficiency, competition, and access to financial services,” he stated.

Jimoh urged stakeholders to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines and with other regulations as they were meant to promote innovations and broaden the range of financial products and services available to bank customers.

“The guidelines apply to banking and other related financial services as categorised and determined by the apex bank in the regulatory framework for open banking in Nigeria,” he stressed.

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