Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) have on Monday announced the commercial launch of the Indonesia-Malaysia cross-border QR payment linkage.

BNM said in a statement that the commercial launch of this linkage follows from the successful completion of the pilot phase of the linkage announced on January 27, 2022.

According to the statement, the commercial launch of this linkage sees the number of participating financial institutions which include non-banks increase.

It said this will enable more Indonesians and Malaysians to make instant retail payments in either country by scanning Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS) or DuitNow QR codes at physical stores or online merchants using services offered by participating financial institutions.

“ASEAN is more connected now than ever. Many more users from Malaysia and Indonesia will benefit from a secure, more seamless and more efficient experience to make and receive cross-border payments,

“This in turn has significant potential to boost economic activities, including tourism spending in our two countries,” BNM Governor Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus said.

According to her, the payment linkage will also help expand markets for some businesses and facilitate increased settlements in local currency, thereby improving financial outcomes.

She also said the QR payment linkage between Malaysia and
Indonesia complements a growing network of bilateral payment linkages within ASEAN that will contribute towards a more vibrant ASEAN and further development of the region as a center of growth。

Meanwhile, governor of Bank Indonesia Perry Warjiyo said that the cross-border QR payment linkage between Indonesia and Malaysia is concrete evidence of strengthened cooperation on Regional Payment Connectivity to promote faster, cheaper, more transparent and more inclusive cross-border payments, particularly for the benefits of micro, small and medium enterprises.

“The linkage aligns with the G20 initiative in establishing the Roadmap for Enhancing Cross Border Payments, and serves as a significant deliverable of Indonesia’s chairmanship of the ASEAN in 2023, as well represents another milestone of the Indonesian Payment System Blueprint 2025,

“It provides more options for users in cross-border payment transactions and serves as a key to improve efficiency, to promote digital economy and financial inclusion in the region, as well as to maintain macroeconomic stability by promoting more extensive use of local currency for bilateral transactions under the Local Currency Transaction Framework,” he added.

According to the statement, the QR payment linkage will strengthen the close economic ties between Indonesia and Malaysia.

It would also support a more inclusive and stronger post-pandemic economic recovery.

As international travel gathers momentum, the payment linkage is expected to not only provide travellers greater convenience, but also benefit the tourism and retail sector of both economies.

It is noted that the successful launch of the payment linkage is a result of close industry collaboration championed by BI and BNM which worked closely with the Indonesian Payment System Association (which include its member payment system operators in Indonesia), PayNet4 , and participating financial institutions.

BI and BNM also welcome participation from more financial institutions to further expand the cross-border payments ecosystem.

Malaysia, Indonesia central banks launch cross border QR payment linkage