Daily Archives: March 13, 2020

UnionPay International lance au Pakistan un portefeuille mobile offrant un service de paiement sans contact et par code QR

KARACHI, Pakistan, 12 mars 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UnionPay International (UPI) a annoncé aujourd’hui la mise en œuvre du produit de paiement mobile de Huawei Pay au Pakistan en partenariat avec Huawei et la National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), l’une des plus grandes banques commerciales du Pakistan. Ce nouveau service permet aux utilisateurs locaux de téléphones Huawei/Honor de payer aussi bien sans contact que par code QR. Il s’agit également du premier service de portefeuille mobile de ce système de cartes à proposer ces deux options de paiement à l’étranger.

La double fonction de paiement des produits de paiement mobile d’UnionPay ajoute le paiement par code QR au paiement sans contact et peut être proposée sur tout smartphone équipé de la technologie NFC. Grâce à cette fonction, les utilisateurs n’ont à saisir les informations de leur carte dans leur téléphone mobile qu’une seule fois pour pouvoir ensuite accéder à plusieurs méthodes de paiement mobile.

Les utilisateurs pakistanai peuvent désormais saisir les informations des cartes UnionPay émises par NBP au sein de l’application de portefeuille mobile Huawei Pay pour ensuite choisir d’effectuer des opérations de type tap & go (sans contact) ou scan & go (code QR) à leur guise ou en fonction des conditions d’acceptation des commerçants. Enfin, les utilisateurs peuvent accéder facilement à la fonction de paiement par authentification par empreinte digitale sans avoir besoin d’ouvrir l’application.

Compte tenu de l’adoption grandissante des services de paiement mobile, UnionPay International a étendu ses services en dehors de la Chine continentale. Pour séduire les utilisateurs de différentes régions, UPI a développé des produits basés sur deux méthodes de paiement – par code QR et sans contact – qui offrent une expérience de paiement transparente à tout moment et en tout lieu. Le lancement de la double fonction de paiement permettra aux institutions partenaires d’UPI de proposer à leurs clients des services de paiement mobile diversifiés, plus flexibles et à l’efficacité accrue.

Plusieurs facteurs ont contribué au lancement de la nouvelle fonction au Pakistan. Dans le pays, le paiement mobile gagne en popularité puisqu’un nombre croissant de jeunes utilisent leurs smartphones et portefeuilles numériques pour effectuer des paiements. En parallèle, UnionPay est utilisé à l’échelle nationale avec environ 300 000 commerçants acceptant les paiements par code QR UnionPay. Enfin, UnionPay est le deuxième plus vaste système international de cartes en termes d’émission de cartes au Pakistan, avec plus de 2,75 millions de cartes émises en partenariat avec NBP sur un total de 12,6 millions de cartes émises localement par UPI.

À ce jour, plus de 4,5 millions de commerçants en dehors du continent chinois acceptent le service mobile UnionPay dans 57 pays et régions du monde. Au total, 53 produits de portefeuille mobile développés ou mis à niveau conformément aux normes techniques d’UnionPay ont été lancés sur 13 marchés, offrant aux clients locaux des services de paiement mobiles sans contact ou par code QR.

À propos d’UnionPay International

UnionPay International (UPI) est une filiale de China UnionPay axée sur la croissance et le soutien des activités mondiales d’UnionPay. En partenariat avec plus de 2 000 institutions dans le monde, UnionPay International a obtenu l’acceptation de ses cartes dans 178 pays et régions du globe ainsi que leur émission dans 58 pays et régions. UnionPay International fournit des services de paiement transfrontalier de haute qualité, rentables et sécurisés au plus grand nombre de titulaires de cartes au monde et propose des services locaux pratiques à un nombre croissant de titulaires de cartes et de commerçants UnionPay dans le monde.

Pour plus d’informations, veuillez consulter le site : www.unionpayintl.com/en

COVID-19 Cases Grow to 24 in South Africa, Outside of False Positive

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s health minister on Friday announced that the nation has seen eight new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the nation’s total caseload to at least 24.

That number does not include a case reported Thursday, when South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases erroneously said the nation had seen its first locally transmitted case of novel coronavirus.

“We humbly apologize for the error in reporting the first case of local transmission of COVID-19 in our earlier report,” the agency said on Twitter late Thursday. “On verification, the case was found to be negative.”

The false positive could allay fears that the virus is spreading through South Africa. Authorities reported the country’s first case of coronavirus on March 5.

“All the cases identified to date have been in travelers from affected countries,” the NICD said. “At this time there is no indication that COVID-19 is circulating widely in the community in South Africa.”

The false result, authorities say, came from a private laboratory. The patient is a 32-year-old man in the Free State province who came into contact with a Chinese businessman.

Minister Zweli Mkhize told local media on Friday that the eight new cases in South Africa were all seen in patients who had recently traveled overseas.

He spoke to reporters outside a facility in Polokwane, in Limpopo province, where authorities are preparing to receive 122 South African nationals who have been repatriated from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic started in December. They will be held in quarantine for up to 21 days, although none have tested positive for the virus.

The virus has now infected more than 125,000 people worldwide, killing more than 4,600.

South African officials have said they are concerned about high volumes of internal travel during the Easter holiday weekend in April, an issue that is likely to be discussed during a high-level meeting scheduled for Sunday.

Source: Voice of America

COVID-19 Cases Grow to 24 in South Africa, Outside of False Positive

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa’s health minister on Friday announced that the nation has seen eight new cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the nation’s total caseload to at least 24.

That number does not include a case reported Thursday, when South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases erroneously said the nation had seen its first locally transmitted case of novel coronavirus.

“We humbly apologize for the error in reporting the first case of local transmission of COVID-19 in our earlier report,” the agency said on Twitter late Thursday. “On verification, the case was found to be negative.”

The false positive could allay fears that the virus is spreading through South Africa. Authorities reported the country’s first case of coronavirus on March 5.

“All the cases identified to date have been in travelers from affected countries,” the NICD said. “At this time there is no indication that COVID-19 is circulating widely in the community in South Africa.”

The false result, authorities say, came from a private laboratory. The patient is a 32-year-old man in the Free State province who came into contact with a Chinese businessman.

Minister Zweli Mkhize told local media on Friday that the eight new cases in South Africa were all seen in patients who had recently traveled overseas.

He spoke to reporters outside a facility in Polokwane, in Limpopo province, where authorities are preparing to receive 122 South African nationals who have been repatriated from Wuhan, the Chinese city where the pandemic started in December. They will be held in quarantine for up to 21 days, although none have tested positive for the virus.

The virus has now infected more than 125,000 people worldwide, killing more than 4,600.

South African officials have said they are concerned about high volumes of internal travel during the Easter holiday weekend in April, an issue that is likely to be discussed during a high-level meeting scheduled for Sunday.

Source: Voice of America

African Union Strongly Denies Allegations of Cronyism, Corruption

ADDIS ABABA – A spokesperson for African Union chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat has rejected allegations that the organization is run like a “mafia-style” cartel, a term used in a leaked internal memo from AU staff accusing their boss of corruption and cronyism.

VOA has since obtained a copy of the March 6 document, which was signed by Sabelo Mbokazi, the president of the AU Staff Association. The memo, first reported in South Africa’s Mail & Guardian, gives several examples of allegedly illegal appointments of staff, and calls for the “restoration of sound administrative management and leadership.”

At a meeting on Sept. 28, 2019, staff complained about the recruitment process for the AU’s new head of human resources, Hamza Sahel. Staffers said his hiring was the “manifestation of glaring cronyism and total collapse of leadership” inside the AU.

But Ebba Kalondo, the chief spokesperson for Faki, said the AU chairman and new human resources chief have “no direct relationship.”

She encouraged Sabelo to come forward and substantiate his allegations.

“They’re obviously very serious allegations,” Kalondo said. “[On] Mr. Sabelo, it’s regrettable of course that he wanted to speak to the entire staff complement about this when he has direct access to the chairperson to be able to make these allegations. But, seeing that he wanted to be able to communicate in this way, we certainly hope that he will be able to give us or at least share some of the proof of these extremely serious allegations of which of course everybody wants to get to the bottom of.”

The allegations come during a period when many staff inside the AU are threatened with losing their jobs as the institution goes through deep structural reforms started under the Rwandan presidency in 2018.

Faki, a Chadian politician, is currently in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, to hold talks with African heads of state over the ongoing crisis in Libya. A spokeswoman said when Faki returns, he will respond to Sabelo internally about each point raised in the memo.

Source: Voice of America

UN: Worsening Violence in Burkina Faso Forcing Thousands to Flee

GENEVA – The United Nations refugee agency says escalating violence in Burkina Faso is forcing thousands to flee their homes and prompting an increasing number of refugees from Mali to return to their home country.

Attacks by extremists linked to Islamic State and al-Qaida terror groups and violent action by traffickers and criminal gangs are adding to the instability of the already beleaguered African country.

The United Nations refugee agency reports some 14,000 people have fled their homes in Burkina Faso in the last 17 days, bringing the total number of people displaced within the country to 780,000.

During the same period, it says more than 2,000 people have fled as refugees to neighboring Mali. UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said a worrying number of Malian refugees are also choosing to return to their home country, believing it is safer there than in Burkina Faso.

“The insecurity also makes life much harder for Malian refugees who had sought protection in Burkina Faso, and it threatens to bring to a halt efforts to help them rebuild their lives,” Baloch said. “Burkina Faso hosts over 25,000 refugees from Mali, but many are choosing to return despite facing insecurity.”

Baloch said nearly 700 Malian refugees have left by truck toward the Gao Region in northern Mali. Refugees who want to return are given a document that enables them to travel, he said, adding that they also receive a one-time payment to cover transportation costs and urgently needed items.

The UNHCR is strengthening its presence in Mali to deal with the increasing number of refugees from Burkina Faso and returning refugees of Malian origin, Baloch said, with UNHCR staff and local authorities in Mali registering the new arrivals and providing them with essential needs.

Source: Voice of America