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Kenya upgrades its real-time payments infrastructure

04 January 2022

Integrated Payment Services Limited (IPSL) is the Kenya Bankers Association’s (KBA) real-time payment services company. Recently, IPSL launched a modernized real-time payment system based on ISO 20022. The new real-time payment system, delivered by Tietoevry, put Kenya as one of the first countries in Africa to start running an ISO 20022 instant payments system with modern micro-services technology.

Globalization of real-time payments, adoption of real-time cross border payments, evolving changes in regulation, consumer choice for instant payments and rapid business complexities within the financial services industry, have all contributed to key investment decisions for modernization of real-time payment rails. With the launch of new instant payment system by IPSL, Kenya has now become one of the trailblazers in the industry and the first in Sub-Sahara Africa to run a national instant payment switch based on ISO20022.

"We expect the new instant payments system delivered by Tietoevry to allow banks and other stakeholders (finetchs, PISPs, PSPs and MNOs) to accelerate real-time payments across the banking industry, align banks with regulatory directive for migration to ISO 20022,  launch new use cases, improve operational efficiencies, drive operational excellence and ensure best practices for KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti Money Laundering)  activities using data enriched messaging protocol,” said Seun Owoeye, Chief Operating Officer at  IPSL.

Valdis Janovs, Tietoevry, Head of Instant, Retail Payments and Cards said, “We are proud to partner with IPSL and deliver our next generation Instant Payments Solution to Kenya. It's clear that the payments market is advancing at a rapid pace and customer demands are growing exponentially. We are happy to be working with IPSL to meet all of these demands today and supporting them also in the future." He also added, "Despite the exceptional circumstance caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, project implementation went as planned and was executed fully remotely, proving the ability of both involved parties to collaborate under any circumstances.”

Tietoevry was chosen as a partner for this project due to the company’s proven credentials in providing modern, real-time payment solutions around the world. Most recently, the Maldives Monetary Authority has been working with Tietoevry on their Instant Payments System project. In addition, Tietoevry has worked with the Swedish company Getswish, the owner of the successful mobile real-time payment solution Swish, and has developed Siirto, Finland’s first real-time mobile payment platform for Automatia.

For further information, please contact: 

Tietoevry Newsdesk,, +358 40 5704072 

About Integrated Payments Service Limited (IPSL)

Integrated Payments Service Limited (IPSL) is the real-time payment services company of Kenya’s Bankers Association (KBA). The company provides real-time payment services (banded PesaLink) which allows movement of funds across bank accounts in real-time.

For more information about IPSL, visit:

About Tietoevry

Tietoevry creates digital advantage for businesses and society. We are a leading digital services and software company with local presence and global capabilities. Our Nordic values and heritage steer our success.

Headquartered in Finland, Tietoevry employs around 24 000 experts globally. The company serves thousands of enterprise and public sector customers in more than 90 countries. Tietoevry’s annual turnover is approximately EUR 3 billion and its shares are listed on the NASDAQ in Helsinki and Stockholm as well as on the Oslo Børs.

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