Zhuhai – 16th September 2019 “This is a historic event,” said Head of the “Common Republican Processing Centre” LLC JV (CRPC ) Akhror Makhmudov in the meeting of Heads of the National Payment Systems as well as the National (Central) Banks of the CIS countries which took place in Samarkand.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the National Payment Systems and National Banks of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Abkhazia, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. The meeting sees the start of a Cooperation Agreement between the MIR payment system and focuses on future goals and opportunities for Uzcard customers.
“This is a truly unprecedented event for Uzbekistan. From 13 to 15 June 2019 in Samarkand, the delegation of payment systems and central banks of the CIS met and signed a number of important agreements. Perhaps, the most important accomplishment, can be considered the signing of agreements on unimpeded cross-border payments between the Uzcard payment system and the Russian MIR payment system.
On June 13 2019, in real time, the first production transaction between the two payment systems was successfully completed and by the end of the year, card holders will be able to conduct operations, purchase goods and use services throughout the CIS, bypassing all sorts of outdated procedures.
The head of the CRPC noted that this decision will also increase the tourist attractiveness of Uzbekistan and promote business development.
According to statistical data by the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2018, more than 5 million tourists visited Uzbekistan from the CIS countries. The main share of tourists visiting Uzbekistan are citizens of the CIS. Accordingly, cooperation with NSPK (“MIR”) is not necessary only for Uzbekistan and Russia, but also beneficial for other CIS countries.
Moreover, in the near future, it's planned to reach agreements with colleagues from far-abroad countries on the issues of Uzcard cards in countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Indonesia, etc. There is also a plan to implement a project for the issue of Uzcard-Mir co-branding cards. Offering users of the two systems enhanced cards, a number of processes are being simplified for conversion into foreign currency, for transferring funds, and for carrying out transactions in the CIS countries.
Vladimir Komlev, General Director of NSPK (MIR), commented on the prospects for cooperation with the CIS countries:
“We will create an opportunity for cardholders everywhere to feel comfortable, at home, and not to feel any limits and restrictions while traveling around the CIS. This is an important understanding that we are part of a seamless payment space along with the mutual penetration of our cultures.”
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