According to the GSAdigital Telegram channel, popular Apple Pay payment service is now available in Uzbekistan through terminals of the Humo local payment system.
As Shukhrat Kurbanov, director of the National Interbank Processing Center (Humo payment system emitter) told Kursiv in an interview, the service will be available only for cards that were issued in the countries where Apply Pay already works. There is no opportunity to connect Uzbek cards to the international payment system right now because Apple has not included Uzbekistan in the list of states where an application is officially supported.
«We have talked to Apple and the company responded that it doesn’t plan to work in Uzbekistan in 2020, but they were interested in our offer. We will keep in touch with Apple to facilitate service entry to the local market. The situation is the same with both Google Pay and Samsung Pay. The market is ready. All infrastructure needed is available and for foreign partners, this is a key point,» – Shukhrat Kurbanov said.
The Apple Pay payment system allows consumers to make payments using their iPhones via special terminals in the shops. Until recently in the Central Asian region, Apple Pay was available only in Kazakhstan.