Nigeria – The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s apex bank, has set new capital requirements for payment firms in the country.
The CBN disclosed the capital requirements in a circular titled “New licence requirements for the payments system”.
The CBN stated that to have a Payment Terminal Service Provider licence, a firm was required to have N100m shareholders’ funds unimpaired by losses.
It retained super agent’s licence at N50million; Switching and Processing firm’s licence at N2bn; Mobile Money Operator’s licence at N2bn; Payment Solution Services at N25million and Payment Solution Service Provider at N100million.
The CBN specified non-refundable application fee of N100,000 via the licensing fees.
According to the capital requirements, the payment firms must have an escrow of refundable N2bn into CBN PSP share capital deposit account.
It stated that the deposit for escrow must be in full (one lump sum) and must be made in the name of the company applying for licence (not an individual or related company).VoN