NTT Governor: Kick Off GPN Introducing Indonesian Identity

Vice Governor of NTT, Josef Nae Soi and The Head Representatives of Indonesian Bank Kupang Naek Tigor Sinaga on the Kick Off GPN Ceremony in Kupang, Saturday (22/9). Photo : Humas Bank Indonesia

Kick Off Gate of National Payment (GPN) held by Bank Indonesia (BI) Representative of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) officially launched. In Kupang City. The event was held at the official residence square of the NTT governor on El Tari street, and was attended by Governor Viktor Laiskodat and Deputy Governor Josef Nae Soi and Leaders Communication Forum (FORKOMPINDA), NTT DPR members Fary Djemi Francis, Kupang Mayor and Regent. The same kick off event was also held in Labuan Bajo, the capital of West Manggarai Regency which was coordinated by Bank NTT.

NTT Governor Viktor Laiskodat in his remarks at that time said the GPN Kick Off must be interpreted as a form of introducing nation identity in the middle of the world digitalization era.

According to Viktor, this activity should not only be a ceremony but must be able to be moved and used with pride as an Indonesian Nation. “we inclined to use cash payments,” he said.

He also asked Bank Indonesia and the banks to be able to prepare the GPN properly so that in the near future, transactions in traditional markets also used non-cash

For information, this activity was a sign of the commencement of the National Payment Gateway (GPN) ecosystem in East Nusa Tenggara which was coupled with the exchange of ATM / debit cards with new cards with the GPN logo by all branches of state and private banks operating in the area, as well as the launch of the GPN tagline ‘Through GPN, We Make NTT Revived and Be Prosperous.’

GPN is a system built through a set of rules and mechanisms to integrate various instruments and payment channels nationwide.

In his remarks, the Head of BI NTT Representative Naek Tigor Sinaga invited residents of ATM cards to come to the bank to replace their cards with the GPN logo. This card can be accepted at all payment terminals of domestic merchants or traders and ATM.

“If you make non-cash transaction in Indonesia with a non-GPN card, we are charged a high transaction fee or MDR with a range of 2% -3%. If you use a GPN card, the fees charged are smaller between 0.2% -1%, “Sinaga said.

The discounted costs remain in the country, not sucked abroad, such as using a non-GPN debit card. “This is one form of our nationalism. In the midst of the current situation and conditions where there is pressure on the rupiah exchange rate, activities that are saving in terms of a division like this are very relevant, “he added.

According to Sinaga, there are three main objectives of implementing GPN, namely creating a payment system ecosystem that interconnects, interoperates and is able to carry out transaction processing that includes domestic authorization, clearing and settlement.

On the other side, it is increasing consumer protection, among others, through safeguarding customer transaction data in each transaction, and ensuring the availability and integrity of national payment system transaction data to support the effectiveness of monetary policy transmission, intermediation efficiency and financial system resilience.

GPN was also presented as a backbone to provide full support for Government programs including the distribution of non-cash social assistance, toll road electronification and public transportation, inclusive finance and the development of an electronic-based national trading system as mandated in presidential regulations No. 74 of 2017 concerning E-commerce Roadmap. (lintasntt.com/42na)

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