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Source: JCB
Kazkommertsbank to Start Enabling Acceptance of JCB cards in Kazakhstan

Almaty, Kazakhstan and Tokyo, Japan, Feb 7, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the launch of JCB card acceptance through Kazkommertsbank (Qazkom), which is one of the largest commercial banks in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the largest by assets in Kazakhstan. This arrangement was achieved based on the strategic relationship between Discover and JCB starting in 2006, which has enabled JCB card acceptance on the Discover Network in the U.S., and Discover card acceptance on the JCB network in Japan.

Kazkommertsbank is the leading bank with the largest network in the country. This arrangement opens up new possibilities for Kazkommertsbank, Discover Global Network, and JCB to expand their business. Discover Global Network, the payments brand of Discover Financial Services, will enable JCB cards to run on its network for all Qazkom acquired merchants. For Kazkommertsbank, the addition of JCB as a new payment brand into its network brings new sales opportunities, and wider JCB acceptance in Kazakhstan enhances payment convenience for over 100 million JCB cardmembers. All JCB cards issued in 23 countries and territories will be accepted by Kazkommertsbank's network via the Discover Global Network throughout Kazakhstan.

Takashi Suetsugu, General Director of JCB International Eurasia LLC, stated: "We are sure this arrangement will support our objective to expand acceptance of JCB cards in Central Asia which is a strategically important region for JCB to satisfy our cardmembers' needs for global acceptance, especially those visiting Kazakhstan from Russia, China, and Japan. We believe our collaboration will contribute towards the growth of card payments and tourism in Kazakhstan and provide greater convenience to JCB cardmembers from all over the world."

About Kazkommertsbank

Kazkommertsbank is one of the largest commercial banks in the CIS and is the largest by total assets in Kazakhstan. The Bank provides a wide range of banking and financial services to corporate and retail clients across Kazakhstan and the surrounding region. Headquartered in Almaty, the Bank services its retail clients through a network of branches in 45 cities across Kazakhstan. Kazkommertsbank also has international banking subsidiaries in Tajikistan and the Russian Federation.

About JCB

JCB is a major global payment brand and a leading payment card issuer and acquirer in Japan. JCB launched its card business in Japan in 1961 and began expanding worldwide in 1981. Its acceptance network includes about 32 million merchants and over a million cash advance locations in 190 countries and territories. JCB cards are now issued in 23 countries and territories, with more than 100 million card members. As part of its international growth strategy, JCB has formed alliances with hundreds of leading banks and financial institutions globally to increase merchant coverage and card member base. As a comprehensive payment solution provider, JCB commits to provide responsive and high-quality service and products to all customers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.global.jcb/en/

Note: Statistics in About JCB are as of September 2016.

Contact
JCB International Co., Ltd.
Ayaka Nomura
Corporate Planning
Tel: 81-3-5778-8390
Email: jcbinternational-pr@info.jcb.co.jp


Feb 7, 2017 11:00 HKT/SGT
Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Cards/Payments
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