Singapore, 30 June 2011 – China UnionPay (UnionPay) and MasterCard Worldwide recently signed a Payment Gateway Service Agreement that will enable MasterCard’s e-commerce platform to accept UnionPay Cards. Under the agreement, both UnionPay and MasterCard will cooperate to configure their respective systems to equip the MasterCard Payment Gateway with the ability to process transactions made using UnionPay Cards for e-commerce merchants outside of mainland China. Present at the signing ceremony were Su Ning, Chairman, China UnionPay; and Xu Luode, President and Chief Executive Officer; Ajay Banga, President and Chief Executive Officer, MasterCard Worldwide; and Vicky Bindra, President, Asia/Pacific, Middle East & Africa, MasterCard Worldwide.
Additionally, UnionPay and MasterCard announced that both parties have signed an Addendum to extend the term of their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The areas of cooperation included within the scope of the Addendum and Payment Gateway Service Agreement are related to cross-border transactions and not domestic transactions. The aim of the MOU is for the establishment of a mutually beneficial relationship to explore future business development. Among other areas, UnionPay and MasterCard will work together towards exploring mutually beneficial solutions to innovative payment businesses.
The Addendum and Payment Gateway Service Agreement reinforces UnionPay and MasterCard’s cooperation to provide more efficient and value-added services for cardholders.
About China UnionPay
As the bankcard association in China, China UnionPay operates the national inter-bank clearing and settlement system, develops the worldwide UnionPay Card acceptance network, promotes the issuance and usage of the UnionPay Card as well as other innovative payment solutions, so as to provide quality, efficient and safe payment services to cardholders. To date, the total number of the UnionPay Card issued both at home and aboard has exceeded 2.5 billion. The UnionPay network has been extended to all the cities and rural areas in China. In addition, China UnionPay has enabled the UnionPay Card acceptance over 110 countries and regions through extensive cooperation with about 400 financial institutions around the world. Additional information may be found at www.unionpay.com
About MasterCard Worldwide
As a leading global payments company, MasterCard Worldwide prides itself on being at the heart of commerce, helping to make life easier and more efficient for everyone, everywhere. MasterCard serves as a franchisor, processor and advisor to the payments industry, and makes commerce happen by providing a critical economic link among financial institutions, governments, businesses, merchants, and cardholders worldwide. In 2010, $2.7 trillion in gross dollar volume was generated on its products by consumers around the world. Powered by the MasterCard Worldwide Network – the fastest payment processing network in the world – MasterCard processes over 23 billion transactions each year and has the capacity to handle 160 million transactions per hour, with an average network response time of 130 milliseconds and with 99.99 percent reliability. MasterCard advances global commerce through its family of brands, including MasterCard®, Maestro®, and Cirrus®; its suite of core products such as credit, debit, and prepaid; and its innovative platforms and functionalities, such as MasterCard PayPass™ and MasterCard inControl®. MasterCard serves consumers, governments, and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. For more information, please visit us at www.mastercard.com. Follow us on Twitter: @mastercardnews.
Georgette Tan, MasterCard Worldwide, +65 6390 5971, email@example.com
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