Future Challenges

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)


The modernisation of payment systems is an evolutionary process. It involves adaptation to changes in the socio-economic environment, regulatory developments and technological innovation among others. Schumpeter’s gales of creative destruction manifest themselves as new business models from non-bank payment service providers that have challenged the traditional payment services domain of banks. At the same time, the rapid pace whereby these new innovations are introduced may also pose risks to consumers and the wider financial system if not properly regulated and supervised. Thus, the challenge is to strike a balance between fostering new innovations and maintaining proper oversight of the associated risks to avoid stifling innovation itself. We conclude with a discussion of the major forces that will present challenges to the continuing modernisation of payment systems. These include financial stability, financial integration, trade liberalisation in financial services, and continuous technological innovation.


Financial Service Trade Liberalisation Payment System Settlement System Regional Trade Agreement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Westminster and Bank of ThailandPranakhonThailand
  2. 2.Department of Management Information Systems and Innovation GroupLondon School of Economics and Political ScienceLondonUK

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