JCB, Lanka Pay, and Commercial Bank launch LankaPay-JCB cards

Friday 7 April 2023 10:29 CET | News

JCB International has partnered with Lanka Pay and Commercial Bank of Ceylon to launch LankaPay-JCB credit cards in Sri Lanka.


This is one of the first launches of LankaPay credit cards in Sri Lanka and the first five variants of LankaPay cards - three credit and two debit - cards to be launched by a Sri Lankan Bank.

JCB International teams up with Lanka Pay and Commercial Bank of Ceylon to launch LankaPay-JCB credit cards in Sri Lanka

The routing of payments made with the new cards

LankaPay Card is an internationally accepted card, which is cost-effective and equipped with innovative technology and high security features. All domestic transactions via LankaPay cards are routed locally and 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, which could potentially save the country a considerable amount of foreign exchange, the Commercial Bank said.

The issuance of LankaPay cards by Commercial Bank in Sri Lanka emphasised the value of the additional width of the payment options, value-added services, and customer choice the new card will offer to Commercial Bank cardholders.

Functionalities of the co-branded cards

LankaPay cards issued in Sri Lanka by Commercial Bank will feature dual interface functionality, enabling 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 of 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 one of 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 and became one of the first banks in Sri Lanka to have its point-of-sale network accept LankaPay cards. Later in 2019, it upgraded its ATM network to accept JCB cards issued outside Sri Lanka for the withdrawal of cash 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.

Equipped with NFC technology and rewards

Commercial Bank cards are the market leader in Sri Lanka with a market share of over 23%, as per the press release. 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. Commercial Bank cards offer an 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.

Commercial Bank’s officials said that they are happy to offer LankaPay credit and debit cards under the National Card Scheme with both local and global acceptance and support a national initiative. Commercial Bank has been associated with JCB for several years and 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 their ATMs since 2020. They believe this partnership will further strengthen their relationship with JCB while supporting the national economy at a critical time.

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Keywords: debit card, credit card, NFC, contactless payments, ATM, JCB
Categories: Payments & Commerce
Companies: Commercial Bank Of Ceylon, JCB, Lanka Pay
Countries: Sri Lanka
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