Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Barclays Bank Launches UnionPay Cards Services on all ATMs and Points of Sale machines in Zambia


Barclays Bank- Zambia Managing Director Saviour Chibiya interacting with China Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming during the launch of "UNION Pay" Credit Card at Lusaka Pamodzi Hotel
Barclays Bank- Zambia Managing Director Saviour Chibiya interacting with China Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming during the launch of “UNION Pay” Credit Card at Lusaka Pamodzi Hotel

Barclays Bank Zambia Plc has launched the UnionPay International (UPI) card services on all the Bank’s Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) machines nationwide.

UPI is the largest card brand in the world with over 5 billion Credit and Debit cards issued in 40 countries including China, Russia, Australia, Korea and Japan, and now Zambia. The organization is owned by the Chinese Government and the cards are accepted in over 150 countries worldwide.

UnionPay International Head of Business Development South and West Africa, Mr Herman Botes said, “We are pleased to partner with Barclays Bank Zambia Plc in the launch of UPI card transactions on ATMs and POS machines in Zambia, as we look to expand transactional facilities and access to funds for our growing customer base”.

Barclays Bank Zambia Managing Director, Saviour Chibiya says that the Bank is now able to accept UPI Credit and Debit cards across all its Automated Teller machines (ATMs) and Point of Sale (POS) devices, a first on the Zambian market.

“As one of the leading banks in Zambia, Barclays Bank Zambia Plc is committed to working with the Chinese Government to enhance the banking experience and improve access to finances for Chinese nationals and other UnionPay customers through its wide distribution network of 52 branches, 132 ATM machines and over 2,773 active POS machines countrywide.” Mr. Chibiya added.

Barclays Bank Zambia is committed to providing its valued customers with exceptional service and offering world class banking solutions which speak into their needs. The Bank has been engaging the Chinese business community in Zambia through feedback sessions which has led to the launch of the UPI card services to support their growing financial needs.

The Bank has been a key player in supporting the Zambian government’s diversification agenda to add growth to the thriving economy. Barclays Bank Zambia Plc has strongly supported the mining, agriculture, energy and manufacturing sectors of the economy, of which the Chinese business community has been playing in.

“Launching the UPI card facility in Zambia reiterates Barclays Bank Zambia’s commitment to continue adding value in communities the Bank operates in as part of its Bank’s Shared Growth Citizenship Agenda. We believe that when we share, we grow. And when we grow, we all prosper” Mr. Chibiya said.


  1. Value addition to chinese only. I wonder why you deduct me K30 of my hard earned money every month when you use my money to lend other people.

  2. Being largest by number is because of high Chinese population and not by international recognition, owned by Chinese government?

  3. FINTECH is what we need, running an account in Zambia is expensive and means a lot of people face exclusion. MPESA, IKOHKA ETC cash isn’t always king!!

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