The digital currency was supposed to be unveiled on October 1 but was postponed due to other activities planned for the Independence Day celebration.
The CBN stated in announcing the launch of the e-Naira that the product, which was developed after many years of research, will advance the boundaries of the payment system to make financial transactions easier.
Here are six facts about the e-Naira that everyone should be aware of:
Aside from CBDC
The CBN claims that the e-Naira is more than just another CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency); the platform is described as a people-oriented digital currency that uses technology to connect individuals and businesses for easy trading and financial inclusion. The apex bank stated that in creating the platform, it pushed the boundaries, bridged gaps, and told actual humane stories. "We are the first audience-centric digital currency with a face," the CBN stated on the official website of the e-Naira.
Built with current realities in mind
The CBN goes on to explain how the e-Naira was created, noting that from its inception, the e-Naira has followed a careful thought and implementation process, beginning with understanding current realities in Nigeria's evolving payment landscape, working with clear objectives and principles built from those realities, meticulously laying out the aspects of the architecture and infrastructure, and keeping real-time risk management protocols in mind.
Cashless policy, National Financial Inclusion Strategy, Bank Verification Number, Shared Agent Network Expansion Facility, Payment System License Categorization, and Establishment of NIBSS Payment Infrastructure were all taken into account.
Advantages in general
The e-Naira is expected to promote economic growth by facilitating access to capital and financial services, thereby increasing economic activity at low/no interest transaction rates.
It is also expected to provide a secure and less expensive diaspora remittance option, as well as to speed up such transactions.
The e-traceability Naira makes it more difficult for individuals or organizations to commit fraud.
While its inability to be forged makes it extremely strong and reliable, the e-Naira promotes financial inclusion by making financial services available to communities with limited banking options.
The emergence of the e-Naira is expected to increase local and international trade, and the nation's digital currency is expected to aid revenue collection by lowering the cost of handling cash.
Outstanding digital experience
With the introduction of the e-Naira, diaspora payments are expected to become more affordable and secure, ensuring that individuals receive more value for every Naira earned. In terms of local payments, people can avoid the lines by paying taxes and bills from the comfort of their homes more conveniently and dependably.
Also, with the e-Naira, the CBN ensures that financial government aid will reach the people directly, as it eliminates the middlemen and allows individuals to claim funds directly.
Another advantage is the secure banking that the e-Naira promises.
Those who are concerned about the safety and security of their banking information can rest assured that transparency makes everything traceable.
Aside from faster and better transactions, the CBN promises that the eNaira will allow people to send money while saving money and time.
More Information for Individuals and Businesses
When going through the features, it is clear that there are specific solutions that are all-encompassing for individuals and organizations. It provides money transaction solutions to local and international Non-Governmental Organizations and Religious Institutions, ensuring that, at the end of the day, their focus is trained more on carrying out their projects than on the security and usage of the money backing each project.
While anyone can donate at any time, the e-Naira is expected to make expense tracking and report development for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) nearly automated. This is due to the traceability of each eNaira, which ensures that balancing ledgers and knowing the exact identity of the recipient of each eNaira occurs in near-real-time and tandem with the actual transfer of funds.
eNaira payment options are expected to help business owners keep customers coming back because they pay for services with such ease. Also, because overseas payment is not only possible but also quick and inexpensive, the customer base of eNaira extends beyond the borders of Nigeria. According to the CBN, "the greater the patronage, the more the profit!.
System of Unified Payments
Customers can easily transfer funds from their bank account to their eNaira wallet. They can also use their eNaira wallet to make in-store payments by scanning QR codes.
Individuals can easily monitor their eNaira wallets, check balances, and view transaction history, and the platform enables users to send money to one another via a linked bank account or card.
The CBN promises that the cost of sending and receiving money more quickly and easily will be very low. Customers can verify their payments at any time and from any location because there is always a transaction history.
Unified Payments System
Customers can transfer funds from their bank account to their eNaira wallet with ease. They can also scan QR codes with their eNaira wallet to make in-store payments.
Individuals can easily monitor their eNaira wallets, check balances, and view transaction history, and the platform allows users to transfer money to one another using a linked bank account or card.
The CBN promises that the cost of sending and receiving money will be extremely low. Because there is always a transaction history, customers can verify their payments at any time and from any location.
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