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LankaPay-JCB Credit Cards Launched in Sri Lanka

JCB International Co., Ltd., the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., the Japanese international payment brand partnered with Lanka Pay (Private) Limited (Lanka Pay) and Commercial Bank of Ceylon (Commercial Bank) announced the launch of LankaPay-JCB credit cards in Sri Lanka.

This is the first launch of LankaPay credit cards in Sri Lanka. It is also the first time five variants of LankaPay cards – three credit cards and two debit – cards were launched by a Sri Lankan Bank.

LankaPay Card is an internationally accepted card, with the latest technology and the highest security features. All domestic transactions via LankaPay cards are routed locally. Furthermore, when the cards are used overseas the transactions are routed via the JCB network. This initiative will ensure that no foreign exchange outflow takes place for any local card transaction. This could potentially save the country a considerable amount of foreign exchange, the Bank said.

The commencement of the issuance of LankaPay cards by Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka was celebrated at an event in Colombo. There, senior representatives of Commercial Bank, LankaPay and JCB, emphasised the value of the additional width of the payment options, value-added services and customer choice the new card will offer ComBank cardholders.

Perks of the card

LankaPay cards issued in Sri Lanka by Commercial Bank will have a variety of features. These will include dual interface functionality. In turn, this will enable both contact and contactless transactions at point-of-sale terminals connected to the LankaPay payment network.

The cards can also be used at all automated teller machines (ATMs) linked to the LankaPay platform and over 42,000 merchant points island-wide. The card will enable Sri Lankans to enjoy JCB’s global merchant network comprising more than 41 million acceptance locations and JCB special offers worldwide including discounts and airport lounge services.

The Bank will issue LankaPay branded credit cards in the Platinum, Gold and Classic tiers while the debit cards will be in the Platinum and Classic tiers. The debit card will be the first dual interface card in the country where the user can perform both contactless and contact-enabled transactions at any point of sale (POS) device.

Commercial Bank joined the common ATM switch of LankaPay in 2014. In 2019, Commercial Bank implemented the LankaPay Common POS Switch System. It became one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to have its point-of-sale network accept LankaPay cards.

Tailoring for international needs

Later that year, it upgraded its ATM network to accept JCB Cards issued outside Sri Lanka for the withdrawal of cash. This was done to service the growing number of tourists and business professionals visiting the country. Especially from Asia where JCB has a large number of card members.

Commercial Bank cards are the market leader in Sri Lanka with a market share of over 23 per cent. The Bank offers a variety of credit cards in the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers and a variety of cards in the premium segment.

The cards are equipped with ‘Tap ‘n Go’ NFC technology and are backed by a strong NFC point-of-sale (POS) network. ComBank Cards offer an exciting array of promotions and offers across all categories and also offer the Max Loyalty Rewards scheme for selected card categories covering both credit and debit cards.

Speaking at the launch of the ComBank-LankaPay cards, Commercial Bank managing director/chief executive officer Sanath Manatunge said: “We are delighted to offer LankaPay credit and debit cards under National Card Scheme with both local and global acceptance and support a national initiative which is more pertinent now than ever before.

“Commercial Bank has been associated with JCB for several years. It was one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to acquire both LankaPay Cards and JCB cards under the National Card Scheme. JCB cards have also been accepted at our ATMs for the past four years. We believe that this partnership will further strengthen our relationship with JCB while supporting the national economy at a critical time.”

Empowering Sri Lanka

Speaking at this occasion, LankaPay GM/CEO Channa de Silva said: “The launch of ComBank LankaPay cards in Sri Lanka is a giant leap in furtherance of our quest to empower every Sri Lankan with faster, convenient, secure and affordable payment solutions. Thereby creating financially inclusivity.

LankaPay is committed to bring best-of-breed solutions to Sri Lanka’s national payment infrastructure. We have been at the forefront of revolutionising the country’s banking and financial services sector. Doing so by keeping the elements ‘innovation’ and ‘convenience’ at its core. We are delighted to have Commercial Bank aboard to issue LankaPay Credit/Debit cards. This will no doubt give a fresh impetus to this initiative of national significance.”

Representing JCB at the event, the company’s executive vice president Koya Sakuma said: “JCB has been the leading credit card company in Japan for 60 years and a global payment brand for 40 years.

“We provide an unparalleled experience for our partners and their customers. Our flexible approach with our partners allows us to exceed expectations, which in turn, helps customers achieve their aspirations. We are excited to have partnered with LankaPay to issue the first ever LankaPay Credit Card under the national card scheme together with Commercial Bank. We are proud to be a partner in this monumental venture.”

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  • Francis is a journalist and our lead LatAm correspondent, with a BA in Classical Civilization, he has a specialist interest in North and South America.

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