The World Bank’s Global Payment Systems Survey (GPSS) surveys national and regional central banks and monetary authorities on the status of payment systems.
The GPSS is the only global survey that combines quantitative and qualitative measures of payment system development and covers all aspects of national payment systems – from infrastructure and the legal and regulatory environment to technological and business model innovations, international remittances, and oversight framework.
The GPSS aims to take an accurate snapshot of payment systems worldwide to obtain information on payment system reforms and the factors which hinder and/or facilitate them in order to help guide policy-dialogue at the international and national levels, and World Bank Group technical assistance.
In April 2007, the World Bank launched the first Global Payment Systems Survey among national central banks to collect information on the situation of national payment and securities settlement systems worldwide and provide a payment systems snapshot of both advanced and emerging economies in order to identify main issues that should guide the agenda of authorities, multilaterals and market players in the field over the next few years.
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The fourth iteration of GPSS was launched in December 2015.
Two additional components were added to the fourth iteration of the GPSS survey, in line with the World Bank Group’s initiative to provide universal financial access by 2020:
- data module on transaction accounts and diversified access points as drivers of financial access
- annex on agent-based models to better understand conditions that enable a sustainable expansion of agent networks to help overcome barriers to financial access
- GPSS 2016 data (Accounts & Access, retail payment transactions and RTGS transactions – volumes and values)
- GPSS Note on Accounts and Access (2016)
- Payment Systems Worldwide: A Snapshot – Summary Outcomes of the Fourth Global Payment Systems Survey (2018)
Tables accompanying the report can be downloaded below:
Section I: Legal and Regulatory Framework
Section II: Large-Value Payment Systems
Section III: Retail Payment Instruments and Systems
Section IV: Settlement of Foreign Exchange Transactions
Section VI: Securities Settlement Systems
Section VII: Payment System Oversight and Cooperation
Section VIII: Reforming the National Payment System
Section IX: Agent Based Models