KARACHI: The exchange companies are required to deploy biometric verification system (BVS) for transactions of foreign currencies from November 6, 2021.
“All exchange companies are advised to deploy BVS as provided by NADRA at their outlets for biometric verification after November 05, 2021,” the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said in a communication on Thursday.
The SBP said that exchange companies were required to implement the BVS latest by October 22, 2021. Towards this, State Bank had requested National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) to facilitate the exchange companies in the implementation of BVS.
“However, given the technical challenges currently faced by the exchange companies (EC Sector), NADRA proposed to offer an android based BVS for exchange companies.”
The State Bank on request of the Exchange Companies Association of Pakistan (ECAP) allowed the exchange companies to accommodate its customers by using the services of another facility of NADRA named e-Sahulat till the implementation of android based BVS i.e. November 05, 2021.
The SBP said that it forwarded the technical requirements, received from NADRA, to exchange companies with an objective to ensure implementation of BVS with the given timelines. The SBP further stated that any technical and financial matter related to implementation of BVS is the sole discretion of NADRA and respective exchange companies. “Therefore, ECAP or individual exchange company may like to approach NADRA directly for any technical / financial issues, regarding implementation and procurement of systems, devices etc.”
The SBP advised all exchange companies to deploy BVS as provided by NADRA at their outlets for biometric verification after November 05, 2021. However, any relaxation / extension in the timeline shall only be allowed to the companies that will approach the SBP with genuine reasons along with an explicit time bound implementation plan.”
The SBP said NADRA has informed that the android-based BVS could also be integrated with the core business application of the exchange companies. “Therefore, all exchange companies are required to continue their coordination with NADRA to ensure that the integrated system is implemented within the stipulated timeline of June 30, 2022,” the SBP added.