The Central Bank of Mexico (Banxico) is promoting digital payment services in the country with the aim of promoting financial inclusion, but also with the aim of creating the necessary conditions before the arrival of the digital peso or central bank currency (CBDC).
This is what the renewal of the CoDi electronic payment system, launched three years ago by the Mexican issuer, points to. With this renewed tool, users of financial services will see an expanded range of payment methods.
Banxico’s revamped system, known as CoDiCel or Pago Cel, confirmed the same infrastructure as the Interbank Electronic Payment System (SPEI). With a mobile phone, users will be able to make money transfers very quickly.
The innovative project carried out in association with private banking promises to improve all banking operations. In addition, it will create a gigantic database through SPEI, which will enable the central bank to facilitate money transfers before the issuance of the digital Mexican peso, scheduled for 2024.
The director of Policy and Studies of Payment Systems and Market Infrastructure of the Bank of Mexico, Othón Moreno, reported that work is being done to launch the project as soon as possible and it is expected to be ready by the end of the year.
“It is a new account association service with a new central database at Banco de México,” the official explained. "That allows you to identify where your account is and from there, many other functionalities can be done,” he added.
The database of the new Pago Cel system, controlled by the central bank, will be fed with customer information provided by all banks operating in Mexico. To do this, bank customers must first give their consent.