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Fintech Payments in Public Financial Management: Benefits and Risks – International Monetary Fund

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Author/Editor:
Gerardo Uña ; Alok Verma ; Majid Bazarbash ; Naomi N Griffin
Publication Date:
February 3, 2023
Electronic Access:
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Summary:
Fintech payments leverage large digital platforms to fill gaps in the traditional payment system. They have made great strides in increasing access to payment services in several countries around the globe. At the same time, like any innovation, the new payment models are exposed to risks in their operating environment. We review the main fintech payment models (mobile money, internet-based fintech payment, and digital money) and discuss operational and financial risks as well as challenges they face. We then explore how public financial management (PFM), especially treasury payments and non-tax revenue collections, could benefit from fintech payments by providing examples of early fintech applications in different countries and discuss the challenges of integrating them into the public sector. The use of fintech in public finance could bring various benefits—including strengthening fiscal transparency, improving budget planning and execution, and upgrading cash management—if public sector institutional and technological capacities are strengthened and risks are adequately mitigated.
Series:
Working Paper No. 2023/020
Frequency:
regular
Publication Date:
February 3, 2023
ISBN/ISSN:
9798400232213/1018-5941
Stock No:
WPIEA2023020
Pages:
36
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