AYA BANK launches the First Universal JCB-MPU co-brand cards


17 Aug AYA BANK launches the First Universal JCB-MPU co-brand cards


August 16 2016, Yangon and Tokyo: Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank), a major commercial bank in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Myanmar), Myanmar Payment Union Public Co., ltd (MPU), and JCB International Co. Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., today announced that AYA Bank has launched the first JCB credit and debit card as AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand cards in Myanmar. Myanmar is the 4th country in the Mekong region where JCB cards are issued, along with Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

The AYA Universal MPU-JCB Co-Brand Card combines the MPU brand and JCB brand. Card members can use MPU’s nation-wide merchant network in Myanmar and JCB’s international merchant network with over 31 million locations globally.

The Card has 4 different kinds of product, Universal Platinum credit card, Universal Gold credit card, Universal Silver credit card, and Universal debit card. All the card members can enjoy JCB privileges such as JCB Plaza, and special offers at selected merchants all over the world. JCB offers Platinum card members exclusive JCB Platinum services, such as JCB Platinum airport lounge service, JCB Platinum Concierge Desk, and Special JCB Platinum Hotel Services.

U Zaw Zaw, Founder and Chairman of AYA Bank commented, “the bank has always been committed to providing our customers with higher quality service and experience. This co-brand arrangement will enable cardholders to have more flexible options for their payments in foreign countries.  This is another milestone in Myanmar card payment market, to promote the country’s transition to a cashless economy.”

Mr.Kimihisa Imada, Deputy President of JCB International said, “Myanmar is an important market for JCBI. With its growing economy and population, Myanmar has great potential for growth in the card payment market. With the start of JCB card issuing in Myanmar, card members can have a new choice of payment and experience the convenience of shopping abroad with JCB’s worldwide merchant network.”