Fijians encouraged to use bank cards

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-22 18:58:05|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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SUVA, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Fijians will be able to use other cards on ANZ (Australia-New Zealand) EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) ATM machines without any restrictions on the minimum amount by December this year as Fiji continues to encourage a cashless society.

ANZ said on Friday it will remove minimum spend requirements on all its EFTPOS terminals from Dec. 3 to help Fiji's transition to a cashless economy.

ANZ Fiji Country Head Saud Minam said the move will change the way people spend.

Minam said Fijians will be able to conduct transactions which are less than 10 Fijian dollars (about 4.6 U.S. dollars) on ANZ EFTPOS machines.

"Starting from Dec. 3, at any EFTPOS ANZ machines if you have a card of ANZ but if you are a customer of Westpac, Bred bank or BSP, using our machine local access card, you will be able to access less than 10 Fijians dollars on our machines"

Minam said they want to promote a cashless economy and provide better, more affordable access to digital services to all Fijians.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said earlier he was determined to reduce carbon emissions in Fiji by using less paper.

Since 2017, all payments made by the Fijian government departments have been done electronically without issuing cheques.

Minam said the Fijian people are adapting well to the use of electronic platforms, and businesses were also conforming to limiting the use of paper.