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Open Application Programming Interface (API) for the Banking Sector

Application programming interface (API) is a computer programming approach for facilitating exchange of information and executing instructions between different computer systems. Open APIs refer to APIs that allow third party access to systems belonging to an organisation.

Open API allows financial institutions to open up their internal IT systems and data for programmatic access by third party service providers (TSPs) or its counterparts in an open and documented manner. Effective implementation of Open API will enable, for example, information of different banks’ products and services to be aggregated under the same website/app for comparison and financial planning by users with ease. New service providers may also make use of the open information to offer unique products and new customer experience.

This webpage provides information on Open API for the banking sector. If you are looking for information about the HKMA’s APIs which provide financial data and important information published on HKMA’s website, please visit here.

 

Open API Framework for the Hong Kong Banking Sector

The formulation of the Open API Framework is one of the seven initiatives announced by the HKMA in September 2017 to prepare Hong Kong to move into a new era of Smart Banking.

Following the industry consultation on the draft Open API Framework from 11 January to 15 March 2018, the HKMA published the Open API Framework for the Hong Kong Banking Sector on 18 July 2018.

The Framework takes a risk-based principle and a four-phase approach to implement various Open API functions, and recommends prevailing international technical standards to ensure fast adoption and security. It also lays out detailed expectations on how banks should onboard and maintain relationship with TSPs in a manner that ensures consumer protection. The HKMA believes that the Framework will serve as an important guide for the banking industry in Hong Kong to adopt APIs effectively and strike a good balance between innovation and risks.

Please access the Framework document here.



Notices and Updates

20 Jul 2018 R&M Column: Open API - Continued (Chinese version only)
18 Jul 2018 Press Release: HKMA published the Open Application Programming Interface (API) Framework (Framework) for the Hong Kong banking sector
12 Jan 2018 R&M Column: Open API (Chinese version only)
11 Jan 2018

Press Release: HKMA launches industry consultation on Open API framework

Last revision date: 21 September 2018
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