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City Bank launches country’s first global all-network QR for cards payment

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
City Bank launches country’s first global all-network QR for cards payment

City Bank launched an interoperable QR based payment solution with four payment schemes -- American Express, UnionPay, Mastercard, and Visa --in one QR code.

For the first time in the country, City Bank has launched the Interoperable QR based payment solution having three-pronged benefits, the bank said in a press statement on Wednesday.

First, customers will not need to scan separate QR codes of different payment networks.  Second, merchants will only need to display one QR code at the storefront, so there will be no cluttering of space. Third, City Bank QR code can be scanned by inbound customers visiting Bangladesh from other countries making it a global interoperable solution.

Customers will need to download and use Citytouch - City Bank’s mobile banking app and set any of their credit, debit or prepaid cards as the default payment option to scan and pay by QR codes displayed at merchants. Interoperability with multiple schemes coupled with ‘no-contact’ payments during this pandemic will drive swift adoption by smartphone users.

City Bank truly believes that an interoperable QR platform will play an essential part in paving the way for Bangladesh’s transition to a cashless society.

Mashrur Arefin, MD and chief executive officer of the bank, said “Our QR payment solution is an example of interoperability which is also aligned with Bangladesh Bank’s vision. This will eliminate the huge investment that acquiring banks make in deployment of POS (Point of Sales) terminals.”

Divya Jain, vice president of Global Network Services, South Asia, American Express, said, “We are delighted to launch The City Bank – American Express’ interoperable QR Payments solution in Bangladesh. Electronic payments have a long runway in Bangladesh and American Express is committed to bringing new, innovative payment capabilities to the market to support this growth.”

Shailesh Paul, head of merchant sales and acquiring, India, and South Asia, Visa said, “We are proud to enable QR payments for City Bank, a low-cost solution that will help digital payments become more widely available in Bangladesh. As consumers start making low-touch payments for their everyday purchases, we expect QR payments to see substantial adoption across merchant categories.”

Ashutosh Agrawal, general manager, UnionPay International South Asia Branch, “The UnionPay QR code payment, which complies with the EMV Specifications and is compatible with the unified QR code standard in Bangladesh, is accepted at about 30 million merchants in 41 countries and regions. Leveraging our experience in developing QR code payment solutions, we are willing to support Bangladesh to build a cashless society together with our partners.”

“Mastercard is delighted to collaborate with City Bank Ltd to offer the country’s Interoperable National QR code-based acceptance solution-BanglaQR, said Syed Mohammad Kamal, country manager – Bangladesh.

“Mastercard pioneered and worked actively to offer the ‘BanglaQR’ solution in adoption of contactless payments in the country. This endeavor is now being extended with the City Bank’s focus on acquiring BanglaQR merchants at semi-urban and rural parts of the country,” he added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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