New card network for bank
14 May, 2016, 12:00 am
ANZ Fiji now joins countries such as PNG, Vanuatu and Timor Leste with the launch of UnionPay EMV on ATMs and according to its Pacific Islands regional executive Tessa Price, this achievement is a significant step for a bank that has been in the Pacific for 135 years.
UnionPay is China’s leading card network and this initiative by ANZ enables Chinese travellers to use their cards in the Pacific.
“We recognised that we needed to expand our card payment options to support customers growing cross-border activities,” said Ms Price.
“We also needed to make payments simpler and more convenient for them while they were in our region so having UnionPay enabled across our regional network is a significant step and I am pleased to see it come to fruition.”
Plans are to roll out the service to other Pacific Island countries including Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati and Cook Islands.
ANZ Fiji acting CEO Saud Minam said the acceptance of UnionPay cards at ANZ 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,” he said.
“In Fiji alone, tourists and visitor arrivals from China increased by 36 per cent last year and 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.”