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CMA cross-border payment changes set for April

In line with regulatory requirements, the banking sector will be rolling out changes to how
clients make and receive payments between Namibia, Eswatini, Lesotho and South Africa
also known as ‘the Common Monetary Area’ as of 15 April 2024. This means that all cross-border Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) payments processed and received by clients within the Common Monetary Area (CMA) will no longer be permitted through the domestic payment methods and channels. All cross-border payments to an individual or a business in the CMA must instead be initiated as a Global Payment on the FNB App and FNB Online Banking.

According to FNB Namibia Payments Manager Albert Matongela, when making cross-
border payments from FNB Namibia to other CMA countries (South Africa, Lesotho and
Eswatini), clients will need to capture and process payments on the Foreign Exchange
(Forex) tab within the existing online banking platform or FNB App which can be found on the
online banking and App menus. “Once the change has been affected, clients will receive an error message when processing a cross border EFT payment with any transactional value. This error will inform clients that they cannot proceed with the payment. In this regard, clients are advised to delete existing EFT cross-border recipients or beneficiary list, including EFT Folders and EFT Bulk Payment

Clients need to reload all saved beneficiaries as Global Payment beneficiaries and input
all the necessary information such as Name of the Bank, Name of Branch, Swift Code,
Payment Receiver’s Physical address, and Reason for the payment. Additionally, Online
Banking Enterprise (OBE) clients will require channel limits and permissions to be set for
individuals capturing and authorising global payments” Matongela explained.
He further explained that Global payments can only be made from a transactional account
and not a credit card, adding that the Pay2Cell functionality as well as the scheduled
payments functionality are also disabled for global payments. “Clients and their beneficiaries can expect longer payment turnaround times as the beneficiary will also be required to provide Balance of Payments (BOP) information to their bank before the release of the funds into their account and will be required to provide additional disclosures concerning the reason for the payment and the payment beneficiary to enable the fulfilment of Balance of Payments (BOP) regulatory reporting requirements” he

Matongela reiterated that the payment changes are necessary because of the need to
comply with regulatory requirements while also to being in line with modernisation
expectations at national and regional levels. “Despite relatively longer turnaround times,
payments will be made and received in a way that meet regulatory expectation. Additionally,
clients and beneficiaries will be able to self-service, via their preferred channel, to release
incoming payments” Matongela concludes.

-FNB Namibia/RMB