April 24 – UnionPay International Chief Cooperation Officer David Lee and State Bank of Mauritius CEO Jairaj Sonoo jointly announce the launch of two types of UnionPay cards (with a card number starting with 62) in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius. This is another breakthrough in Sino-Africa financial cooperation following the issuance of Africa’s first UnionPay card by UnionPay International and local institution in Mauritius last year, and will bring local UnionPay cardholders more convenient and secure payment services.
The UnionPay debit card in Mauritian Rupees issued this time is accepted by more than half of ATMs and merchants in Mauritius, including online merchants, and can be used on the UnionPay card acceptance network in over 140 countries and regions across the world. In the meantime, UnionPay International and State Bank of Mauritius jointly launch another card –- UnionPay Travel Mate Prepaid Card in RMB, which is designed for travel enthusiasts with which cardholders can enjoy specific privileges such as ticket fee discounts at more than 100 scenic spots in China.
State Bank of Mauritius is not only the second largest bank in Mauritius but also the country’s major bankcard acquirer, which has constantly deepened cooperation with UnionPay International in recent years. State Bank of Mauritius will achieve the all-round acceptance of UnionPay cards in the first half of this year, making UnionPay cards accepted by nearly 90% of local merchants and ATMs.
Currently, UnionPay cards have become accepted by over 40 countries and regions in Africa. In Mauritius, UnionPay cards are accepted by over half of the merchants, covering almost all places frequently visited by tourists, including airports, stores, tourist destinations, hotels, restaurants, etc., and by nearly half of the ATMs in Mauritius which are all equipped with Chinese interfaces.
About UnionPay International
UnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. As a membership organization with over 300 members worldwide, UnionPay International has enabled card acceptance in over 140 countries and issuing in more than 30 countries. 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.
For more information on UnionPay International, please visit: www.unionpayintl.com.