Published on : Friday, May 13, 2016
On May 11, UnionPay International and ANZ jointly announced in Fiji that UnionPay cards (card number starting with 62) will gradually be accepted by all ATMs and POS terminals across 9 South Pacific island countries in Fiji and UnionPay IC cards will be accepted in these island countries for the first time. Cai Jianbo, CEO of UnionPay International, and Saud Minam, ANZ Country Manager in Fiji jointly attended the signing ceremony. Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum, Fiji’s Attorney General and Finance Minister, Faiyaz Siddiq Koya, Fiji’s Industrial trade and tourism Minister, Yolinda Chan, Fiji Ministry of trade of China’s trade commissioner and Truman Bradley, Chairman of Tourism Fiji were present with congratulations.
ANZ is an important cooperative partner of UnionPay International in Asia Pacific. In April, 2014, UnionPay International and ANZ signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement in the presence of both leaders of Australia and China. Thereafter, ANZ launched the UnionPay card acceptance in over 80,000 POS terminals and over 2,000 ATMs in Australia. This January, ANZ had enabled its ATMs and merchants in New Zealand to accept UnionPay cards. Now, the two parties have expanded their cooperation to 9 South Pacific island countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Kiribati and East Timor.
Through the cooperation between ANZ and UnionPay International, the UnionPay card ATM and POS terminal acceptance coverage in Fiji and Papua New Guinea will significantly increase to over 90%, providing convenient payment service for more and more UnionPay cardholders travelling to Fiji. UnionPay card service will be launched for the first time in Kiribati and East Timor and UnionPay card payment will be accepted by merchants for the first time in Samoa, Solomon Islands and Cook Islands. Next, ANZ will enable UnionPay card ATM acceptance in Asian markets such as Cambodia and Vietnam.
Cai Jianbo said, South Pacific island countries are important part of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”. As China engages in increasingly close economic and trade exchanges with the South Pacific region, UnionPay International will be devoted to constantly improving the local UnionPay card acceptance environment and providing convenient payment service for UnionPay cardholders travelling in the region. The cooperation with ANZ not only will optimize the UnionPay card acceptance environment and using experience in the South Pacific region, but also will lay a solid foundation for UnionPay International to issue cards in these island countries so as to provide new payment choices for local residents and give strong support for the “One Belt, One Road” strategy.
Saud Minam said, it’s glad to see the achievements made through bilateral cooperation. The number of Chinese tourists travelling to Fiji has witnessed continuous growth year by year. We hope to meet the cross-border payment demands of these tourists and provide them with more convenient and flexible payment service through cooperation with UnionPay International.
Markets such as Fiji, Vanuatu and Samoa are identified at China Pacific Forum as important tourist markets among Pacific island countries. Fiji is getting more and more popular among Chinese tourists, especially young couples. According to the statistic data from Tourism Fiji, a total of 40,000 Chinese tourists travelled to Fiji in 2015, with year-on-year growth of 40%. Against this background, UnionPay International is increasing its cooperation with mainstream institutions, continuously improving the UnionPay card acceptance environment in Fiji as the representative of the South Pacific island countries and constantly enhancing the card-using service level.