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A Global Standard for Financial Messaging and Open Banking Through ISO 20022

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Dec 4, 2023
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As the world of payments continues to evolve, Paypa Plane is proud to be at the forefront of this change. We are transforming our messaging formats to support the new ISO 20022 standards, a global standard that promises to bring greater speed, efficiency, and reliability to payment processing.

ISO 20022 is a messaging standard that enables the exchange of financial information between businesses, financial institutions, and their customers. It offers a consistent language and structure for payment messages, which makes it easier to communicate and process payments across different systems and networks. By adopting ISO 20022, Paypa Plane can provide faster and more reliable payment APIs to our customers, which in turn translates to better payment experiences for end-users.

ISO 20022 is a global standard for financial messaging and data exchange that provides a common language and framework for financial institutions and other organisations to communicate and exchange information in a standardised and harmonised way. This standard has become increasingly relevant in the era of open banking, where banks and other financial institutions are required to share customer data and payment information with third-party providers.

Paypa Plane utilises these standards in our payments messaging, allowing us to seamlessly provide APIs for integrating customer services with various financial institutions. This enables us to support FedNow and Real-Time Payments across the USA, and New Payments Platform (NPP) PayTo payment initiation in Australia. We are facilitating payment solutions that transition bulk transactions from old payment methods to new rails which allows both banks and business to access new and more beneficial payment flows without needing to invest in core system upgrades. This also frees businesses of all sizes from being dependant on third parties such as accounting platforms or ERPs to upgrade their payment messaging in and out flows.

ISO 20022 is based on a set of syntax-neutral message components and business processes that can be used in a variety of financial transactions, such as payments, securities trading, foreign exchanges and cash management. These message components and business processes are defined in a central repository called the ISO 20022 Message Definition Repository (MDR). The MDR provides a comprehensive catalogue of message types, data elements, and business processes that can be used by financial institutions and other organizations to create their own customised message formats.

ISO 20022 is designed to be flexible, extensible, and adaptable to evolving business needs and regulatory requirements. It is gradually replacing older messaging standards, such as SWIFT MT and Fedwire, in many financial markets around the world. The adoption of ISO 20022 is driven by the need for greater efficiency, transparency, and automation in financial operations, as well as the growing demand for real-time and cross-border payments, which is why this standard is important to the growth and evolution of Paypa Plane.  

Each market has its own timeline for adopting the ISO 20022 standard. In Europe, for example, the Eurosystem has mandated the use of ISO 20022 for all high-value payments in the eurozone by November 2022. In the United States, the Federal Reserve has announced plans to migrate to ISO 20022 for its Fedwire Funds Service and Fedwire Securities Service in 2023 and 2022, respectively. ISO 20022 has already gone live in Australia. Australia was one of the early adopters, The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) introduced the ISO 20022 standard for the Australian Payments System in November 2017, starting with the NPP.  

The adoption of ISO 20022 varies by country and region, but is drive by the need for greater efficiency, transparency, and automation in financial operations. ISO 20022 can help to facilitate open banking by providing a common language and data model for financial communication and can support new payment models and services.

At Paypa Plane, we are leveraging ISO 20022 standards to implement payment messaging for NPP PayTo, and we are also building bespoke solutions to help financial institutions transition from Direct Entry (DE) to NPP messaging. Our successful implementation of these solutions demonstrates our commitment to providing cutting-edge payment solutions to our customers.

ISO 20022 standards are fundamental upgrade for the world of payments, and Paypa Plane is proud to be at the forefront of this change. By adopting these standards, we provide faster and more reliable payment processing for our customers, and we are excited to bring these benefits to the US market as well.