On 26 March 2021, the Interoperable QR Code for retail payment linkage between Viet Nam and Thailand is launched. BIDV is one of the banks whose advanced financial technology and payment services provided for Thais via QRcode.

This collaboration  signifies  the  successful  implementation  of “Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the cooperation in the area of financial innovation between the State Bank of Viet Nam and the Bank of Thailand which began in 2019, aimed at facilitating bilateral trade, investment, tourism as well as the use of local currencies between Viet Nam and Thailand. This linkage also represents another milestone for the ASEAN Payment Connectivity initiative, which aims to connect the payment services of ASEAN countries  using new financial  technology to help foster financial integration and sustainable growth in the region.

This service will facilitate consumption and payments of the  people of both countries. This is especially the case when cross-border travel becomes the norm again, glven that tourist flows between both countries were around 1.5 million in 2019. This service will enable tourists from Thailand to make QR payments using their mobile phones to pay for goods and services in Viet Nam and vice versa'. This will eventually help stimulate the economies of the two countries and the region as a whole.

Mr. Nguyen Kim Anh, Deputy Governor of the State Bank of Viet Nam, said on this occasion: “The launch of this pilot project today marks a significant accomplishment in the relationship between our central banks and our two countries. It also marks an important milestone in the collaboration of ASEAN central banks in implementing ASEAN’s initiative on payment connectivity using interoperable QR Codes to deepen regional economic integration and foster digital transformation of each economy.”

In addition, Mr. Ronadol Numnonda, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Thailand said: “The benefits of this project will come in many forms. It will offer convenience and secui ity for people travelling between our countries, leading to growth in tourism and contributing to our countries’ progress towards a more digitalised society.”

This project is made possible with the collaboration from various stakeholders from both countries under the joint stewardship of the State Bank of Viet Nam and the Bank of Thailand. These include the National Payment Corporatlon of Viet Nam (NAPAS) and the National ITMX (NITMX) as switching operators, as well as Viet Nam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (Vietinbank) and Bangkok Bank as the settlement banks responsible for cross-border settlements for the service.

The service banks which provide this cross-border QR payment service to their customers via their mobile banking applications include Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TP Bank), The Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam (BIDV), Saigon Thuong Tin Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Sacombank) from Viet Nam, and Bangkok Bank from Thailand.

In addition, banks that have expressed their interests to join the project as service banks in the near future include the Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Foreign Trade of Viet Nam (Vietcombank) from Viet Nam and Bank of Ayudhya, CIMB Thai Bank, Kasikombank, Krung Thai Bank, and Siam Commercial Bank from Thailand.

At this stage, both central banks believe that this cross-border QR payment will result in a safer, more efficient and cost-attractive alternative for retail payment by the general public. It will also serve as a catalyst for many more collaborations on financial innovations in the coming years.

Customers purchasing products at over 2,000 merchants of BIDV that accept QR code payment could use a mobile device and scan QR code via any mobile banking app of Thai banks instead of using cash or a bank card.



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