Stanbic IBTC Bank PLC, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, has completed the first inbound commercial transaction on the Pan African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) in Nigeria, making history. PAPSS is an initiative of the African Union and the AfCFTA Secretariat, designed to provide a secure and efficient payment platform for African businesses, promoting intra-African trade and economic integration by facilitating payments and settlements for cross-border transactions within Africa in local currencies.
The transaction, worth NGN5 million, was carried out on behalf of a key corporate client from Ghana Commercial Bank (GCB) on Friday, 03 March 2023, marking the first inbound commercial transaction on PAPSS for Stanbic IBTC and Nigeria.
Wole Adeniyi, Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank, said, “We are delighted to have successfully processed our first inbound commercial transaction on PAPSS. This deal underscores our pledge to provide our clients with efficient and secure payment and settlement solutions that support their growth and expansion across Africa. We look forward to leveraging our expertise and the capabilities of PAPSS to enable more African businesses to tap into the opportunities presented by intra-African trade.”
Jesuseun Fatoyinbo, Head of Transaction Banking at Stanbic IBTC Bank, also expressed confidence in the PAPSS platform, saying, “This is a testament to the effectiveness of PAPSS in facilitating cross-border payments and settlement in a fast, secure, and cost-effective manner. We are proud to be at the forefront of this initiative and commend the efforts of Afreximbank and the African Union in developing the PAPSS platform and promoting intra-African trade.”
Mike Ogbalu III, Chief Executive of PAPSS, said, “We are delighted that Stanbic IBTC has completed its first inbound commercial transaction on PAPSS. This is a significant step towards achieving our goal of promoting intra-African trade and facilitating cross-border payment and settlement of transactions in African currencies. We believe that PAPSS has the potential to revolutionize the way businesses trade and settle transactions in Africa.”
Chapel Hill Denham, the transaction recipient, expressed satisfaction with the seamless and efficient processing of the PAPSS platform, noting that it has the potential to unlock immense opportunities for African businesses.
Stanbic IBTC Bank has reiterated its commitment to supporting the growth of intra-African trade and will continue to leverage its expertise and innovative solutions to provide efficient and secure payment and settlement solutions that enable clients to unlock the full potential of the African market.