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  • Mardi 8/2/2022
    Bégasse de Dhaem / Mention / Romont

    This study by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) analyses the trends, developments, opportunities, risks, and threats related to digitisation in the Belgian banking sector, to the use of innovative technologies and to the entry into the market of new players and competitors. Following up on the NBB’s 2017 prior study of digitisation and of fintech in the Belgian banking sector, this renewed study provides an updated overview of those trends and developments, and of the initiatives illustrating the digital transformation of Belgian banks. The study concludes with the NBB's observations and recommendations, formulating a number of points for attention with respect to both the organisation and the functioning of Belgian banks, while emphasising the importance of an active dialogue.

  • Jeudi 6/2/2020
    Hans Leybaert

    De bancaire wereld gaat door een ontzettend snelle digitaliseringsgolf en dus ook bijzondere onzekere tijden. De komst van de nieuws PSD2-richtlijn die ook derde niet-bankpartijen toelaat betalingen te verrichten zorgt voor een rollercoaster. Unfiedpost surft op die golf mee en breidt snel uit dankzij acquisities en innovatieve diensten.

  • Jeudi 6/2/2020
    Jan Vermeulen - Michiel Van Acoleyen

    The last year may be marked as a tipping point for retail payments in Belgium and in Europe with the implementation of the Payment Services Directive (PSD2) and the wide range of innovative initiatives sparking off in the market. The changes these trends are inducing in business models, in combination with the emergence of instant payments, stablecoin systems and technological innovations, will increasingly shape the sector in the years ahead. Against this background of structural and strategic challenges, both public authorities and market actors need to carefully set out their future course. This article aims to facilitate this reflection by providing an overview of the key trends and innovations currently driving the transformation of the Belgian and European payments landscape.

  • Jeudi 19/9/2019
    Nathalie Vandepeute

    How do you remain relevant as a player in the payment market, in a rapidly changing payment world? Bancontact Payconiq Company has known the answer for decades: optimal positioning and constant innovation. Even at its foundation in 1978, the company pioneered electronic payments in our country. Today, the company is still innovating, as Bancontact Payconiq Company.

    The new company wants to be the driving force behind the adoption of mobile payments on the Belgian market. In this respect, the company launched its new Payconiq by Bancontact app at the start of 2019. This app enables all Belgians to pay online and offline with one single application, to settle invoices on the go and to directly pay another smartphone user even at distance.

    According to the company, cash will not disappear overnight, but the number of cash payments is likely to decrease. After all, the Major Payment Survey 2019 revealed that Belgians prefer to pay with their bank card or their mobile phone. Moreover, cash has a substantial social cost. Mobile payments are on the rise: in 2018, 34 million mobile payments were made with the mobile apps of the Company, twice as many as in 2017.

    What does the future hold? Many trends are constantly and rapidly changing the status quo in the payment landscape. Consumer expectations are changing, we have seen many technological innovations in recent years, and new players have entered the market. Bancontact Payconiq Company mainly sees instant payment as a game-changer.

    Several traditional local schemes have lost vast, sometimes life-threatening payment volumes. Currently, however, local schemes are emerging again, as alternatives to international card schemes, as are many mobile schemes. At the same time, ‘old’ local schemes such as Bancontact Payconiq Company evolve with their time, because they are still invested in and offer mobile solutions. They all want sovereign, independent systems they can control, to ensure a robust local economy. More importantly, they all enter the real battlefield: mobile.

  • Mardi 26/3/2019
    NBB

    In recent years, the financial sector has been characterised by an increasing degree of digitalisation and the introduction of numerous new applications, processes or products under the impetus of technological innovations and changed preferences of the consumer. Digital transformation and fintech are concepts that are closely intertwined. They are characterised on the one hand by the entry into the market of new innovative service providers and on the other hand initiatives of existing institutions whereby the organisation, the processes, the service provision and the product range are improved through technological innovations. Fintech and digitalisation have a significant impact on individual banks but also on the sector as a whole. In order to gather a sector-wide insight into the important trends and evolutions regarding fintech and digitalisation in the Belgian financial landscape, the NBB has started an analysis, based on a survey among and discussions with Belgian banks, to solicit general insights into and observations about fintech, views on certain specific business models and technologies, and the concrete fintech strategy followed by Belgian banks. This report summarises the results of that analysis and wishes to contribute to raising awareness about the risks and opportunities of fintech. It also aims to share knowledge about the development of fintech in the Belgian banking sector, and to provide support to institutions in dealing with certain fintech-related challenges, by sharing best practices observed.