AGL 5.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.18 (-3.11%)
ANL 8.90 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.23%)
AVN 76.85 Decreased By ▼ -2.07 (-2.62%)
BOP 5.26 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.38%)
CNERGY 4.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.07 (-1.49%)
EFERT 81.27 Decreased By ▼ -0.33 (-0.4%)
EPCL 50.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.83 (-1.63%)
FCCL 13.16 Decreased By ▼ -0.22 (-1.64%)
FFL 5.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.52%)
FLYNG 7.07 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.12%)
FNEL 4.79 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-0.62%)
GGGL 8.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.12%)
GGL 14.55 Decreased By ▼ -1.33 (-8.38%)
HUMNL 5.69 Decreased By ▼ -0.08 (-1.39%)
KEL 2.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.03 (-1.13%)
LOTCHEM 28.60 Decreased By ▼ -0.45 (-1.55%)
MLCF 24.49 Decreased By ▼ -0.61 (-2.43%)
OGDC 72.43 Decreased By ▼ -0.02 (-0.03%)
PAEL 15.36 Increased By ▲ 0.01 (0.07%)
PIBTL 5.00 Decreased By ▼ -0.05 (-0.99%)
PRL 16.10 Decreased By ▼ -0.19 (-1.17%)
SILK 1.08 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.92%)
TELE 9.14 Decreased By ▼ -0.23 (-2.45%)
TPL 7.23 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-1.36%)
TPLP 18.61 Decreased By ▼ -0.34 (-1.79%)
TREET 21.68 Decreased By ▼ -0.32 (-1.45%)
TRG 136.71 Decreased By ▼ -4.44 (-3.15%)
UNITY 16.88 Decreased By ▼ -0.14 (-0.82%)
WAVES 9.86 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.4%)
WTL 1.41 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
BR100 4,225 Decreased By -29.6 (-0.7%)
BR30 15,518 Decreased By -214.7 (-1.36%)
KSE100 42,150 Decreased By -243.4 (-0.57%)
KSE30 15,588 Decreased By -75.7 (-0.48%)
Follow us

As Pakistan adopts digital payments, the financial sector has been abuzz with new players looking to enter the space.

According to State Bank of Pakistan’s (SBP) first quarterly Payment Systems Review (PSR) report, Pakistan Real-time Interbank Settlement Mechanism (PRISM) recorded a total of 1.1 million transactions amounting to Rs159.1 trillion during the first quarter (July-Sep) of this fiscal year (FY22). These transactions, in terms of value, are around 7 percent higher than the preceding quarter (April-June FY21), in which Rs 148 trillion worth of transactions were registered.

Amid the development, it comes as no surprise that the list of players who have applied for Electronic Money Institutions (EMIs) has grown.

EMIs, as the word suggests, “are entities that offer innovative, user-friendly and cost-effective, low-value digital payment instruments like wallets, prepaid cards, and contactless payment instruments,” as per the SBP definition.

Adoption in digital payments has come hand-in-hand with the push for regulations that were issued by the SBP for EMIs in 2019.

Under these regulations, prospective EMI applicants are granted a licence in three stages — In-Principle Approval (IPA), approval for Commencement of Pilot Operations, and the Final Approval.

Since then, 10 EMIs have received at least in-principle approval by the SBP with Careem Pay being the latest.

Business Recorder looks at the list, available with the SBP, to see who are the other players.


The fintech, which has a ‘Live’ status, got the final approval from the SBP back in August 2021 after a year-long pilot and inspection by the SBP.

Backed by sponsors of the Lakson Group – a conglomerate in Pakistan with business interests in the FMCG, media, and asset management sectors – NayaPay currently offers consumers a digital wallet with Visa debit cards for everyday payments.


Finja, which defines itself as a new age financial services platform for professionals, merchants and SME businesses, is the second EMI in Pakistan with a ‘Live’ status.

It was granted the final approval for the EMI licence in September 2021. The company had earlier become the first fintech to receive in-principle approval for this licence on April 9, 2020 from the SBP.

CMPECC Limited

CMPECC Limited of Zong is the third EMI with a ‘Live’ staus. The company received its final approval to operate earlier this year in March.

SadaTech Pakistan Pvt. Ltd

SadaTech, or more commonly SadaPay, was granted pilot approval by the SBP back in December 2020. SadaPay, which is partnering with payment giant MasterCard to bring modern financial services to Pakistan, offers an E-money wallet for consumers and freelancers.


TAG is a mobile application that allows its users to open mobile wallets and get debit cards. The app’s users can use it to perform online transactions such as money transfers, bill payments and mobile top-up payments with a touch.

The startup was granted pilot approval by the SBP in August 2021, after receiving in-principal approval from the central bank in November 2020.

Wemsol Pvt Limited

Founded in 2011, Wemsol operates as a payment and technology service provider for the financial and retail sector. It was granted pilot approval by the SBP on July 8, 2020.

The company offers an E-money wallet and a payment gateway for consumers and merchants.

EP Systems

A subsidiary of Systems Limited, the company was granted in-principle approval under regulations for EMI from SBP back in January 2020. The company offers an E-money wallet service for consumers and merchants.

Akhtar Fuiou Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

A partnership between Pakistan’s Akhtar Group and China's Fuiou Pay, the fintech received SBP in-principle approval for EMI license on May 07, 2021.

The company aims to change the way financial transactions are carried out in Pakistan with the launch of an e-wallet to digitise payroll processing in industries, facilitate remittances through the wallet and provisioning of Point of Sale (PoS) terminals for processing digital payments.

Hubpay Pvt. Ltd

Hubpay, a UAE based money services provider, is a digital wallet that lets you make money transfers and payments from the UAE to Asia.

The fintech was granted in-principle approval by the State Bank on February 02, 2022.

Careem Payment Solutions

Careem Pay, a fintech affiliate of Careem, was the latest to be granted in-principle approval of the SBP for an EMI licence last month, marking a step towards the extension of services beyond its own ecosystem.


Comments are closed.

Vasi Apr 13, 2022 05:36pm
An abs superb coverage of news of the whole world. Well done business recorder. Proud of you. How much you have changed. All for the better. Most importantly is in excellent English. Hooseini vasi
thumb_up Recommended (0)

Electronic Money Institutions: here is a list of all SBP-authorised EMIs in Pakistan

IK says will dissolve assemblies ‘very soon’

Provinces’ power sector schemes: Rs8.11bn approved by ECC

Effective Nov 2022: Agri consumers of Discos, KE have to pay Rs23.30/unit

PTI Sindh MPAs hand in their resignation

Dues against consumer billing collection: KE seeks MoF’s help for release of over Rs4.5bn collected by Pakistan Post

COAS urged to disassociate himself from Bajwa’s ‘controversial’ actions

Public limited companies: Conditions for launching REITs schemes laid down

Income tax arrears: Nov collection up Rs2.33bn to Rs8.98bn YoY

Centcom chief, COAS discuss security cooperation

Asset-backed securitization rules: SPVs allowed to offer debt securities