In 2009, Pakistan spearheaded the over the counter (OTC) transaction revolution. But in the summer of 2017, the digital financial services (DFS) landscape may experience a watershed moment. In June 2016, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) announced that as of July 2017, all branchless banking players offering OTC transactions will be required to use […]
In this paper, we want to look more closely at OTC model, with the help of data from The Helix Institute, InterMedia and the GSMA, which provide an analytical perspective on the pros and cons of the OTC model. This will allow us to propose some recommendations on how to manage OTC going forward.
OTC transactions are one of the most contentious issues in digital financial services (DFS). Some argue that OTC can decrease provider profitability, stymie product evolution, and can lead to unregistered transactions increasing the risk to terrorism financing and money laundering.This blog seeks to demystify one of the five concerns by analysing evidence from ANA research countries: OTC can prevent product evolution.