Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

Keeping track of foreigners in Thailand – new e-passport data to be used

By | February 14, 2018

The Immigration Bureau and the Interior Ministry have been instructed to speed up the implementation of a single-platform online database of foreigners entering and leaving the Kingdom. The order was given by Deputy PM General Prawit Wongsuwan when he chaired the meeting of the fifth government committee in charge of bureaucratic reforms at Government House. “The single platform… Read More »

Lotte Card sells Visa wearable payment devices for PyeongChang Olympics

By | February 9, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — Lotte Card Co., a South Korean credit card firm, said Friday it has begun selling Visa wearable payment devices for the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics in PyeongChang. Visa is the only credit card that can be used for payments at the Winter Games as it is an official global sponsor of the… Read More »

Indonesia – Former Home Minister Denies Involvement in Electronic ID Graft

By | January 30, 2018

Jakarta. Former Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi denied having been involved in massive graft surrounding a project to procure electronic national identity cards, known as e-KTP, as he testified at court on Monday (29/01). The Rp 5.9 trillion ($413 million) project run under Gamawan’s former office in 2011. Two of the ministry’s former officials were convicted in the graft case, which also implicated,… Read More »

Taiwan – Stickers Unveiled to ‘Fix’ Taiwan Passport Debacle

By | January 30, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs unveiled a rectified image within Taiwan’s second-generation biometric passport on Jan. 24, following a row over a design error on one of the passport’s illustrations late last year. That design malfunction in December — in which the offending page showed the United States’ Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport… Read More »

Taiwan – Ministry accepts 100,000 fixed passports

By | January 24, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday said it has inspected and accepted 100,000 of 550,000 revised copies of the next-generation biometric passport, which is expected to be put back into circulation early next month at the latest. The Bureau of Consular Affairs accepted the 100,000 copies on Tuesday and is scheduled to inspect a second batch of 120,000… Read More »

VietinBank announces its new role as the sole Diners Club card issuer in Vietnam with support from Compass Plus

By | January 22, 2018

Vietnam Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Industry and Trade (VietinBank), a leading commercial bank in Vietnam, has signed a partnership agreement to become the sole issuer of Diners Club cards in Vietnam. The bank will issue Diners Club cards as both standard and contactless cards, catering for the rapid growth and popularity of contactless terminals in the country.… Read More »

Discover Increases Acceptance in Hong Kong

By | January 20, 2018

Riverwoods, Illinois, Jan 18, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover Financial Services, will expand card acceptance at key merchants in Hong Kong by working with First Data and JCB International, the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (referred to below as “JCB”).  To expand into Hong Kong, Discover Global Network… Read More »

Philippines – PH studies Japan’s national ID system

By | January 18, 2018

MANILA — As legislation establishing a national ID system in the Philippines gains steam, the House of Representatives has been studying international best practices on the proposed measure, this time, eyeing Japan’s system. Last week, Laguna District III Representative Sol Aragones, chair of the House Committee on Population and Family Relations, met with Japanese officials in charge of Tokyo’s… Read More »

Nam A Bank and JCB cooperate to develop international card services

By | January 16, 2018

Ho Chi Minh City, Jan 16, 2018 – (ACN Newswire) – Nam A Commercial Joint Stock Bank (Nam A Bank) and JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI) , the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (JCB) signed a cooperation contract to license the issuance of JCB Cards and acquisition of JCB merchants in Vietnam. The ceremony was attended by representative… Read More »

Philippines – BSP warns of heightened ATM-related crimes

By | January 14, 2018

Fraudsters are targetting banks that are still vulnerable to debit and ATM-related crimes but this was expected by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) as the June 30 deadline for the full EMV regime nears. BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi G. Fonacier said they have monitored an increased number of bank fraud in the last few months but it… Read More »

Indonesia – More Politicians Grilled as KPK Digs Deeper Into e-KTP Graft

By | January 10, 2018

Jakarta. Antigraft investigators questioned several politicians on Tuesday (09/01) as witnesses in a high-profile corruption case related to a government project involving electronic national identity cards known as e-KTP. The politicians include North Sulawesi Governor Olly Dondokambey of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), United Development Party (PPP) politician Nu’man Abdul Hakim and Democratic Party politician Jafar Hafsah. All… Read More »

Nepal – National ID card distribution to begin from Panchthar

By | January 9, 2018

The government is all set to distribute national identity cards from Panchthar. National Identity Card Distribution Management Centre under the Ministry of Home Affairs initiated the preparation after reaching district headquarters Phidim today. A team led by Executive Director of the centre Ram Krishna Subedi held discussion with the chiefs of government offices and local representatives about the… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK to grill ex-House speaker Marzuki in e-ID case

By | January 8, 2018

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are to question former House of Representatives speaker Marzuki Alie as a witness in the multitrillion-rupiah graft case pertaining to the electronic identity (e-ID) card procurement project. Marzuki will be questioned as a witness for suspect Anang Sugiana Sudihardjo, the president director of IT consulting firm PT Quadra Solution that was involved in… Read More »

South Korea – Record Number of Passports Issued in 2017

By | January 3, 2018

Last year saw the largest ever number of passports issued at five-point-23 million, up 12 percent from 2016. The Foreign Ministry released the figures Tuesday, adding that the total number of passports held by Koreans was 29 million. The ministry added the increase in passport issuance was largely due to the steady rise in the number of annual… Read More »

Taiwan – Public urged not to remove stickers from passports

By | January 2, 2018

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday urged people not to remove a sticker from new biometric passports that would cover a bungled image, saying that doing so could result in passengers not being allowed to board their flights. The Central Engraving and Printing Plant is designing the sticker, which would feature Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and be placed… Read More »

Taiwan – Foreign ministry will not reprint botched passports

By | December 31, 2017

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday issued another statement on the bungled passport incident clarifying the number of misprinted copies and the cost of printing, stressing that it was not trying to conceal anything. The ministry’s statement apologized for misprinting 550,000 biometric passports that mistakenly featured an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International… Read More »

Taiwan – MOFA to put stickers on e-passport to cover Dulles Airport image

By | December 31, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has decided to use stickers to cover the error it made in the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. It will cost around NT$16 million (US$538,600) to make the correction to the 550,000 copies of… Read More »

Taiwan foreign minister apologizes for Dulles passport mishap

By | December 29, 2017

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – For the first time since the controversy broke, Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維) apologized Friday for the issuing of e-passports showing an image of Washington Dulles International Airport instead of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. The mistake had been spotted by netizens and publicized on Tuesday, setting in motion a long chain of embarrassing events.… Read More »