ANZ ATM and POS ter­mi­nals can now ac­cept UnionPay cards

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ANZ point-of-sale (POS) and ATM ter­mi­nals across nine coun­tries in the Pa­cific will now ac­cept UnionPay cards, en­hanc­ing ser­vice and con­ve­nience for UnionPay card­hold­ers world­wide. The ser­vice was launched at the Radis­son Blu on Denarau Is­land last night by the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

ANZ is the first bank in the Pa­cific to ac­cept UnionPay EMV on ATMs, UnionPay’s more se­cure card so­lu­tion for both credit and debit cards. As of yes­ter­day, ANZ POS ter­mi­nals and ATMs in Fiji, Pa­pua New Guinea, Van­u­atu and Ti­mor Leste be­gan to ac­cept UnionPay cards.This is as the roll­out con­tin­ues across ANZ’s net­work in Solomon Is­lands, Tonga, Samoa, Kiri­bati and Cook Is­lands in com­ing weeks. UnionPay is the most com­monly used pay­ment tool by out­bound Chi­nese peo­ple, with 5.4 bil­lion cards is­sued glob­ally. Cur­rently, Unionpay cards can be ac­cepted in 157 coun­tries and re­gions. ANZ Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive – Pa­cific Is­lands, Tessa Price, said for a bank which has been in the Pa­cific for 135 years, they recog­nised the need to ex­pand their card pay­ment op­tions. This was in or­der to sup­port cus­tomers’ grow­ing cross-bor­der ac­tiv­i­ties. “And make pay­ments sim­pler and more con­ve­nient for them while they are in the re­gion. As China’s lead­ing card net­work, hav­ing UnionPay en­abled across our re­gional net­work is a sig­nif­i­cant step for ANZ and I’m pleased to see it come to fruition to­day,” Ms Price said.

Ac­cep­tance by Chi­nese vis­i­tors

ANZ Fiji act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive, Saud Mi­nam, said ac­cep­tance of UnionPay cards at ANZ POS ter­mi­nals and ATMs would be wel­comed by the grow­ing num­ber of Chi­nese vis­i­tors to Fiji and the Pa­cific. “Ev­ery year, the num­ber of Chi­nese tourists, stu­dents and busi­ness­peo­ple trav­el­ling to the Pa­cific grows,” Mr Mi­nam said.

“In Fiji alone, tourist and visi­tor ar­rivals from China in­creased 36 per cent last year. “To­day we’re happy to ex­pand our value propo­si­tion to sup­port this grow­ing con­nec­tiv­ity across our re­gions and in par­tic­u­lar to sup­port Asia tourism flows across the Pa­cific.” The launch fol­lows-on from a suc­cess­ful launch of UnionPay POS and ATM ac­cep­tance by ANZ in Aus­tralia in June 2015 and New Zealand in Jan­uary 2016.

Cai Jianbo, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of UnionPay In­ter­na­tional, a sub­sidiary of China UnionPay said: “The South Pa­cific Is­land States are an in­te­gral part of the 21st – cen­tury Mar­itime Silk Road. “With the in­creas­ingly fre­quent eco­nomic and trade con­tacts be­tween China and the re­gion, we are de­voted to im­prov­ing the lo­cal UnionPay ac­cep­tance en­vi­ron­ment so as to pro­vide pay­ment con­ve­nience to UnionPay card­hold­ers vis­it­ing the coun­tries. “Our co-op­er­a­tion with ANZ not only sub­stan­tially im­proved UnionPay’ s ac­cep­tance foot­print and card-us­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in South Pa­cific, but will also lay a solid foun­da­tion for card-is­suance there in the fu­ture. “Lo­cal is­suance of UnionPay cards will of­fer new pay­ment op­tion for the lo­cal res­i­dents, and pro­vide bidi­rec­tional sup­port for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ‘Belt and Road’ Strat­egy.”

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

From left: UnionPay In­ter­na­tional chief exc­u­tive of­fi­cer Cai Jianbo, ANZ act­ing CEO Fiji Saud Ab­dul Mi­nam, At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Aiyaz Sayed -Khaiyum and Radis­son Blu Re­sort gen­eral man­ager Gerard Kinght at Radis­son Blu Re­sort and Spa at Denarau Is­land last night.

Photo: Waisea Nasokia

UnionPay In­ter­na­tional chief exc­u­tive of­fi­cer Cai Jianbo does the first trans­ac­tion at Radis­son Blu Re­sort and Spa at Denarau Is­land last night.

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