Tag Archives: Asia Pacific

Taiwan – Consular affairs chief resigns over passport fiasco

By | December 27, 2017

Taipei, Dec. 27 (CNA) Head of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (BOCA) Agnes Chen (陳華玉) stepped down Wednesday amid a furor over an error on the newly updated Taiwan e-passport, which bears an image of Washington’s Dulles International Airport rather than Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. “On behalf of BOCA, I apologize to the public for the major oversight… Read More »

The first Issuing of JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam

By | December 25, 2017

Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo, Dec 25, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Sacombank, one of the largest commercial banks in Vietnam and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd. (“JCB”), today announced the launch of Sacombank JCB Ultimate Credit Card in Vietnam. This is the highest line of JCB for individual customers in… Read More »

First Data and JCB enable JCB J/Speedy contactless acceptance with key merchants in Hong Kong

By | December 18, 2017

Hong Kong and Tokyo, Dec 18, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., has launched JCB J/Speedy in partnership with First Data Corporation (First Data) in Hong Kong. JCB J/Speedy is the JCB brand contactless payment solution. JCB J/Speedy users simply tap their card or mobile phone on a reader… Read More »

Dairy Farm supermarkets get Visa contactless payment service in HK

By | December 11, 2017

Visa says it has Dairy Farm supermarkets including Wellcome, Market Place by Jasons, 3hreesixty and Oliver’s the Delicatessen will accept Visa Express payment service at 23 outlets across Hong Kong. According to payments vendor the Visa Express Lane checkout aisles will provide shoppers with enhanced payment speed at supermarket checkout lanes by incorporating the easy-to-use and secure Visa… Read More »

Bangladesh – 16mn new voters to get ID cards

By | December 4, 2017

The election commission (EC) in Bangladesh has said that it was preparing to issue smart national identity (NID) cards to more than 16mn new voters and the process would be completed by the end of 2018. The move is a part of its plan to complete distribution of machine readable cards among all voters before the next national… Read More »

DOCOMO Develops Multi-Profile SIM for Smartphones and Tablets

By | November 28, 2017

TOKYO, Nov 28, 2017 – (JCN Newswire) – NTT DOCOMO, INC. announced today that in collaboration with Gemalto, it has developed the world’s first(1) multi-profile SIM for use through multi-carrier collaborations that can allow users to switch between profiles, which include data such as contract information and telephone numbers, on their smartphone or tablet in each country. The solution… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK probes Setya’s wife in e-ID graft case

By | November 20, 2017

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators are set to question Deisti Astriani Tagor, the wife of House of Representatives Speaker and graft suspect Setya Novanto on Monday, as a witness in the e-ID graft case. Deisti will be questioned as she was the former commissioner of trading company PT Mondialindo Graha Perdana, that, according to evidence obtained by the… Read More »

AYA Bank, MPU, JCB Introduce First Corporate Credit Card in Myanmar

By | November 14, 2017

Yangon and Tokyo, Nov 14, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the AYA Universal Corporate MPU-JCB Co-Branded Card in Myanmar. This is… Read More »

Visa Introduces New Payment Wearables for Fans Attending the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018

By | November 8, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 8, 2017– Visa (NYSE: V), the exclusive payment technology partner at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, today introduced three commercially available wearable payment devices. In the spirit of the Olympic Winter Games, Visa created NFC-enabled payment gloves, commemorative stickers and Olympic pins that allow fans and athletes to complete seamless and secure payments with a simple tap… Read More »

IDEMIA and JCB Partner to Launch the First F-Code Payment Card in Japan

By | November 7, 2017

COLOMBES, France–(BUSINESS WIRE)–IDEMIA, the global leader in trusted identities for an increasingly digital world, today announces its partnership with JCB, the leading international payment network in Japan, to introduce the future of biometric payments to Japanese customers. With F-Code, the new generation biometric payment card which replaces your PIN code with your fingerprint, a new chapter opens up… Read More »

Nepal – Indian Company Wins Contract to Supply 750,000 Smart Driving Cards

By | October 31, 2017

Madras Security Printers of India has been given the contract by the government to print and supply additional 750,000 smart driving license cards. The company is also the current supplier of smart driving licenses card. According to the director general of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), Roop Narayan Bhattarai, three other French companies were also interested to supply the… Read More »

Philippines – BDO to clients: Switch to EMV debit cards

By | October 31, 2017

BDO Unibank called on its clients to immediately obtain their debit card with embedded EMV chip to ensure wider protection against fraudulent activities usually carried out in electronic banking channels. “The bank’s objective over time is to effect a holistic approach to protecting the clients’ accounts from fraud. But to achieve this, clients must obtain their EMV chip… Read More »

Revised IATA rules bring some relief to Philippine agents

By | October 30, 2017

IATA will no longer mandate all its 242 accredited Philippine agencies to use credit cards for BSP payment transactions, to the relief of agencies who believe that the rule is an attempt by an airline group conspiring to run them out of business. Of the IATA accredited agencies, only 46 are using credit card to transact while 196… Read More »

Passports with 10-year validity for Filipinos from January 1, 2018

By | October 28, 2017

Dubai: From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in. On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport. The 10-year… Read More »

Sri Lanka – Smart IDs from today

By | October 27, 2017

The smart identification card (Smart ID) was launched to the public today by the Department of Registration of Persons (DRP), Department Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said. To symbolize the Inauguration of the Smart ID, the first printed Smart ID was handed over to Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Nawinne and fifteen other applicants who applied… Read More »

Singapore – ICA Introduces New Design For Singapore Biometric Passport With Additional Security Features

By | October 26, 2017

 The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is introducing a new design for the Singapore biometric passport with additional security features.  New visa page designs and additional security features  2        The new passport design will come with new visa page designs and additional security features that make the passport harder to forge or be tampered with.… Read More »

India – Passport applications touch 1 million a month, says Ministry

By | October 21, 2017

Passport Seva Kendras are receiving about a million of applications per month says the Ministry of External Affairs. The number of people applying for passports has been increasing ever since. To meet the demand from the public and also to help those frequent travelers in getting their passport formalities done, now and then passport melas are set up.… Read More »

Madras Security Printers wins contract to supply 750,000 smart cards

By | October 16, 2017

The government has awarded the contract of printing and supplying additional 750,000 smart driving licence cards to Madras Security Printers of India. Madras Security Printers is also the current supplier of smart driving license cards to the government. Roop Narayan Bhattarai, director general of the Department of Transport Management (DoTM), informed that the Indian company was awarded the… Read More »

Wirecard provides IKEA Southeast Asia with payment eco-system for online business

By | October 16, 2017

Partnership strengthens IKEA online shop launch in Southeast Asia The global technology group Wirecard provides a regionally managed payment gateway solution for online IKEA shops in Southeast Asia.  Through its cooperation with Wirecard, IKEA Southeast Asia is now able to provide online customers with multiple payment options. Shoppers will be able to select between credit, debit and alternative… Read More »

Iris Appoints Shaiful Subhan As New Group Chief Executive Officer

By | October 16, 2017

Kuala  Lumpur, 16 October 2017 – The Board of IRIS Corporation Berhad (IRIS), a world leader in Trusted Identification, hereby announce the appointment of Mr. Shaiful Subhan as the new Group CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of IRIS effective today. Shaiful is an accomplished leader with great operational expertise and customer insights across multiple industries.  He was previously the COO… Read More »