From Cowries to Contactless

June 27, 2017 09:01

Be it shell, metal or plastic, money has enjoyed a vibrant history in Southeast Asia. Discover its journey across cultures and borders, one transaction at a time. Click here to start exploring.

A global interoperable standard supports Thailand’s roadmap towards a cashless society, allowing Thai consumers to make QR Code payments with Mastercard, UnionPay and Visa. Bangkok, Thailand — May 9, 2017 – Mastercard, UnionPay International and Visa today introduced a Standardized Quick Response (QR) Code for payments, accelerating Thailand’s transition to a cashless society. The Standardized …
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New program seeks to help micro and small businesses overcome barriers to growth Jakarta, 5 May, 2017 – The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth today announced a partnership with Mercy Corps to help entrepreneurs in Malang City and Malang District overcome barriers to growth, join the formal economy and build more resilient and sustainable businesses.  These entrepreneurs …
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More than 10,000 years ago, cattle were bartered for cowry shells and copper for gold and silver. Today, we trade wads of printed paper for goods and services and exchange taps and swipes in pursuit of faster, more convenient lives. While the ‘money makes the world go around’ adage still holds true, the modes by …
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Singapore – January 11, 2017 – Attesting to its continued focus and commitment to supporting the growth of its business across the region, Mastercard today announced three new leadership appointments for its Global Products and Solutions team in Asia Pacific. Benjamin Gilbey has been appointed Head, Digital Payments and Labs, Asia Pacific. In his new …
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