OpenWay and Halyk Bank Provide Kazakhstan with Access to China Union Pay
Increasing trade with China has prompted a new initiative by Halyk Bank which will see the Kazakhstan bank issuing China Union Pay (CUP) cards to its customers. This has become possible thanks to OpenWay’s innovative WAY4 software which is used in Halyk Bank’s processing centre.
February 19, 2007
This is the first time that CUP cards will have been issued outside China since CUP was founded in 2002 as China’s national payment system. Currently there are more than 959 million CUP cards in circulation.
Halyk Bank is the largest full-service commercial bank in the Republic of Kazakhstan and has issued more than 2.6 million international payment cards. This project allows residents of Kazakhstan to withdraw cash and pay for purchases with their CUP cards while they are in China – through a huge network of more than 500,000 point-of-sale (POS) terminals and 70,000 ATMs. They will also be able to use their cards through Halyk Bank’s network of 2,601 POS terminals, 697 cash withdrawal machines (ATMs) and 547 imprinters across Kazakhstan.
This world-beating initiative has been made possible by OpenWay’s WAY4 software which has enabled full interaction with CUP’s systems. The first stage of the OpenWay/Halyk project was the certification of the CUP acquiring system. Now the project has also achieved certification for CUP issuing.
OpenWay is looking forward to working with Halyk Bank and other WAY4 customers and to expanding CUP issuing and acquiring both in Kazakhstan and other countries in Asia, Europe and Americas that have close trade relationships with the Republic of China.
People's Bank of Kazakhstan (halykbank.kz) is one of Kazakhstan's leading financial groups and retail banks with the largest customer base and distribution network in Kazakhstan. The Bank is developing as a universal financial group, offering a broad range of services (banking, insurance, leasing, brokerage, and asset management) to its retail, small and medium enterprises and corporate customers. People's Bank also operates in Russia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.
UnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary focusing on development and support of UnionPay's international business. Its founder is China UnionPay (pinyin: Zhōngguó Yínlián, CUP) – China's payment system. Founded in 2002 by the country's leading banks, its creation was initiated by the State Council and People's Bank of China. Just two years later, the company began working outside China and currently operates in 142 countries.
OpenWay Group was founded over 15 years ago. We develop WAY4, an innovative e-payment processing framework for banks, payment processors, telcos and petrol companies.
OpenWay was initially headquartered in Brussels, Belgium with one R&D team there and another in St. Petersburg, Russia. Today we are a global company with 10 offices and 130 customers around the world.
Our portfolio consists of WAY4 Card and Merchant Management, Financial Switching, Personalised Channel Banking, Prepaid Cards, E-Commerce, Mobile Payments, Digital Wallet, DCC, Fuel Cards, and other solutions.
Our customers include tier-1 giants, mid-size companies, and ambitious start-ups:
- Equens, Western Europe (SEPA-acquiring of 0.5 million merchants on WAY4)
- Savings Bank of Russia (issuing and acquiring back-office, and authorization switch for 140 million credit and debit cards on WAY4)
- SIX Group, a leading European payment company processing over 4,000,000 cards and migrated over 30 banks to WAY4 within 15 months
- Comdata, USA (commercial cards on WAY4)
- Network International, the Middle East (a processing center with approximately 60 banks on WAY4)
- Raiffeisenbank Int., Eastern Europe (a processing center for 15 banks and countries on WAY4)
- Bank Audi, MENA region (more than 40 card products on WAY4 including NFC)
- Halyk Bank of Kazakhstan (the first bank to launch Visa P2P Mobile Transfers)
- Lukoil Intercard, Eastern Europe (B2B fuel cards with comprehensive loyalty services on WAY4)
WAY4 live installations consistently demonstrate high performance; for example, 90 million cards issued and authorized on a single platform and 12 million POS/ATM clearing transactions processed daily by a single acquirer.
OpenWay, known for its commitment to long-term relationships, both serves customers locally and provides global support. Today our team unites approximately 500 payment business, digital technology, and security professionals.