All posts by Ian Hall

  • EC financial crime chief calls for stronger international collaboration

    Governments must work more closely together to address financial crime, fostering collaboration between dedicated national units and aligning regulatory frameworks, the European Commission’s leading financial crime official said yesterday. Raluca

    • Posted October 3, 2019
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  • Australia proposes cashless welfare card expansion

    Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has signalled that he intends to expand the use of a cashless card for distributing welfare payments, limiting recipients’ ability to choose how they spend

    • Posted September 25, 2019
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  • UK joins nations delaying payments security rules

    The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has confirmed that the implementation of new rules aimed at boosting the security of payments and reducing fraud will be delayed for 18 months.

    • Posted September 18, 2019
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  • Learning the lessons of ÉNA’s fall

    France’s École Nationale d’Administration (ÉNA), which has educated generations of civil service leaders, faces an uncertain future under president Macron. Ian Hall considers why public opinion has turned against the

    • Posted September 17, 2019
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  • Unchaining the bloc

    Behind all the hype about blockchain, there’s an idea with great potential. But as delegates heard at the Putting Citizens First conference, public servants won’t put aside their scepticism until

    • Posted September 9, 2019
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  • Irish Data Protection Commission slams Public Services Card

    A ‘public services card’ in Ireland designed to help citizens access services, receive welfare payments and crack down on fraud has been heavily criticised by the country’s data protection authority.

    • Posted August 27, 2019
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  • US Federal Reserve to launch instant payments system ‘FedNow’

    The Federal Reserve has announced details of a real-time payment and settlement service called FedNow, designed to support faster payments in the US. Details of the plan – which would

    • Posted August 19, 2019
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  • EU payments rules look set to take SMEs by surprise

    National financial regulators have signalled that they’ll be flexible in policing the implementation of new EU regulations, due to come into force on 14 September, which are designed to tackle

    • Posted August 7, 2019
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  • World Bank paper scouts payments tech for older people

    Text message alerts and increasing the use of digital payroll are two of the policy recommendations made in a new report on how digital financial technologies can help governments worldwide

    • Posted July 29, 2019
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  • Ghanaian universal QR code set to accelerate e-payments

    Ghana has become the latest country to commit to rolling out a universal QR code, as the country’s government seeks to accelerate the take-up of e-payments. The move was announced

    • Posted July 23, 2019
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