Pakistan’s Largest Bank HBL Issuing UnionPay Debit Card in Seychelles, Kenya and Mauritius

04 Apr 2016

Recently, HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank has announced the launch of UnionPay Debit Card in Seychelles, Kenya and Mauritius at Savory Hotel, Seychelles. The launch ceremony was attended by Mr. Faiq Sadiq, SEVP and Group Head Payment Services at HBL – Habib Bank Limited Pakistan and Mr. Ge Huayong, Chairman of China UnionPay.

“As a global bank, we are perpetually committed to superior service, better payments, enhanced technology and a reliable customer experience. And for this betterment, we are proud to collaborate with UnionPay International to issue chip based debit cards in 3 African countries – Kenya, Mauritius and Seychelles.” said Mr. Faiq Sadiq, SEVP and Group Head Payment Services at HBL – Habib Bank Limited Pakistan and Member of UnionPay International Product & Marketing Advisory Group.

He further added, “UnionPay is repainting the payment landscape in Africa. Our strong global collaboration and ties have been instrumental in replicating success stories of Pakistan in overseas markets. We strongly appreciate and support UnionPay International’s initiative of “Digitalization of Africa” and we are proud to partner with them on this platform.”

Ge Huayong, Chairman of China UnionPay said, with the Sino-African relationship taking on greater significance, UnionPay’s business in Africa has made constant breakthroughs. Since the end of last year, we have deepened our cooperation with the world’s major banks in Africa, and have spared no efforts to deliver our quality services to the local residents. In the future, we will keep improving our service through various measures and to help the developing countries in the region to realize “financial inclusion”.

With this synergy, HBL UnionPay Debit cardholders will be able to use their cards on all UnionPay enabled ATM and POS Terminals. As a result of the collaboration, HBL will accept UnionPay cards on its ATM in Seychelles, Kenya and Mauritius, and will also issue UnionPay Debit Cards to its customers maintaining accounts in these countries.

UnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. In partnership with more than 1000 institutions worldwide, UnionPay International has enabled card acceptance in 160 countries and regions with issuance in more than 40 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants.

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