The efficient functioning of the financial system relies on the soundness and safety of the National Payments System (NPS). The NPS consists of all systems which facilitate the clearance and settlement of payments. The more significant of these are the large-value systems such as the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system, the Government Securities Settlement (GSS) system, and retail payment systems such as the Cheques Clearing House, the Automated Clearing House (ACH) and card payment schemes.
The Financial Institutions Act, 2008 upgraded the legal foundation for payments by among other things, enabling payment finality, and making explicit the Bank’s responsibility for payment system oversight and regulation.
The Bank has adopted the internationally accepted standard of the Core Principles for Systemically Important Payment Systems as its benchmark in conducting oversight assessments of systems.
The Payments System department publishes a quarterly newsletter, called Payments Quarterly, to keep stakeholders informed of developments in the national payment system. The bank also holds the chairmanship of the payments System Council This is a voluntary body comprising stakeholders in the Payments System whose purpose is to support the achievement of sound and efficient payment systems in the country.
Circular Letter - Revised Draft Corporate Governance Guideline
Circular Letter - Approval of the Compliance Officer and the Designation and/or Approval of the Alternate Compliance Officer for Financial Institutions Regulated by more than one Supervisory Authority - June 03, 2020
Circular Letter- Consultation on the Draft Guideline for non-bank Non-Financial Institutions In Retail payments - April 29, 2020
Circular Letter - The Revised Personal Questionnaire and Declaration Form: Clarification of Witness Requirement and Special COVID-19 Provisions - April 28, 2020
Circular Letter- Clarification on Electronic Submission of Correspondence to Financial Institutions Supervision Department due to COVID-19 Measures - April 9, 2020
Circular Letter - Issuance of Revised Fit and Proper Guideline and Revised Personal and Corporate Questionnaire and Declaration Forms - October 29, 2019
Adoption of Committee on Payment & Settlement Systems and International Organisation of Security Commissions Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures by the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago - November 2014
Corporate Questionnaire and Declaration Form
Licensing and Operation of Interbank Payment Systems - November 2012
Registration and Operation of Non-Interbank Payment Systems - November 2012
Operation of Payment Service Providers - November 2012
Oversight of Systemically Important Payment Systems - December 2012
Draft and Consultation Documents
“Presentation on the Promotion of E-Payments” made to the Bankers Association of Trinidad and Tobago by Deputy Governor Alvin Hilaire on behalf of the Payments System Council" - February 2014
Please click link to view presentation. Promotion of E-Payments in T&T
"On September 1, 2020 Governor Hilaire made a presentation as part of a Panel Discussion at a Regional Outreach Webinar hosted by the Bank for International Settlements. The Webinar discussed a Report on Enhancing Cross Border Payments."
Please click link to view presentation: Enhancing Cross Border Payments: Perspectives from Trinidad and Tobago
Selected Payments System Statistics
Other Relevant Legislation