"The payments system is built on networks, which means that a certain amount of coordination and collaboration is essential for it to function and develop over time. The challenge is to encourage stakeholder collaboration that supports innovation and competition while discouraging collective or individual behaviours that are detrimental to payments system users." No one at APCA wrote this paragraph - it comes from the final report of the Canadian Government's Payments System Review. The thing is, we could have written it. It expresses APCA''s philosophy as the payment system self-regulatory body.
Many of us are returning from the holiday break newly resolved on self-improvement – give up this, lose that, do better at the other thing. APCA too is resolved on self-improvement. Back in August 2011, we gave a public commitment to reform APCA’s own governance arrangements so as to make it a fit vehicle for more inclusive, stronger self-governance of the payments system. This is currently a hot topic for the Reserve Bank, and has been one for APCA for quite some time as well. So, next month, in February, we hope to be talking about a new model for how APCA works. This has to fit in with the views and needs of many different people and organisations, not least the public policymakers, so we know it probably won’t be a short conversation. But we hope it will be a successful one.