The share of NSPK cards in the payment volume and card issuance market has also increased.
In January-November 2021, Russia made 43% more transactions than the same period last year. This was reported by the Perdana news agency with reference to the head of the National Payment Card System (NSPK) Vladimir Komlev.
Recall that in 2020, Russians made 3.5 billion transactions with Mir cards, which is 75% more than the previous year.
At the end of the third quarter of this year, Mir card’s share in terms of payment volume increased to 25.2% from 23% on the same date last year. A third of all cards issued by banks are NSPK cards – 32.3%, Komlev said. In comparison, a year earlier the share of NSPK in the card issuance market was 29%.
Most often, cardholders pay with Mir cards in supermarkets, restaurants, gas stations, public transport and pharmacies, the NSPK reported in early October.
81 banks are connected to the contactless payment service Mir Pay, 42 banks to the Samsung Pay service, and 33 banks to the Apple Pay service, Komlev said. According to him, NSPK continues to cooperate with Google. The service will appear in the bank on a “fairly short horizon starting today”.
The growing popularity of the Mir card was facilitated by changes to financial laws, the NSPK loyalty program and the connection of contactless payment services, experts say.
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Russians are starting to pay more often for purchases with smartphones, says the head of the NSPK. By 2021, the share of contactless payments via mobile devices will reach 32%. For comparison, in 2020 it was 24%. The share of contact operations fell to 6% from 14% in 2020.
The NSPK plans to continue work on accepting Mir cards in Azerbaijan, Komlev said.
“I really want something to happen to Georgia. There are certain theoretical developments with Moldova. It is not very easy with the Baltic republics, “the Prime reported the words of the head of the NSPK.
Keep in mind that Russians can pay with a Mir card in 12 countries: Turkey, Vietnam, Armenia, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, South Ossetia, Abkhazia, Cyprus and the United Arab Emirates. In early October, Mir cards began to be accepted in Dubai. Bulgaria, Egypt and Serbia are also expected to be included in this list, the first deputy chairman of the Central Bank Olga Skorobogatova said in a media interview.
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