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Afreximbank Incorporates 11 African Central Banks into its Pan-African Payment and Settlement System

PAPSS, a collaboration with the African Union, offers an alternative in which participants can conduct transactions in their currencies, eliminating the necessity for a third-party currency such as the U.S. dollar. “The issue here is not the exclusion of the U.S dollar but to be able to ease this. For those in Zimbabwe or Rwanda, for example, PAPSS will debit their accounts in Zim dollars, credit their accounts in Rwanda francs and then the central banks work it out in any currency convenient to them,” John Bosco Sebabi, PAPSS deputy CEO said. The primary participants in the PAPSS’ system are central banks, which will serve as regulators and clearance agents, commercial banks, fintech companies, payment service providers, and their customers, including businesses operating throughout the region. The AfCFTA, which unites the 55 members of the African Union and eight Regional Economic Communities, is the largest free trade area in the world. It has an overarching goal of establishing a single continental market with a combined GDP of around US$3.4 trillion and a population of over 1.3 billion.

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