Visa merges debit and credit into one card, unveils a new payment options

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Visa's latest announcement signals a significant shift in the payment landscape, particularly in the Middle East, as it introduces a groundbreaking initiative to offer both debit and credit services on a single card.

Seamlessly Combine Payment Methods

This strategic move is accompanied by the introduction of innovative products aimed at revolutionizing various aspects of digital payment, including digital identity verification, seamless checkout processes, flexible payment options, enhanced acceptance for nano-merchants, and faster account-to-account transfers.

Visa introduced a full range of new goods and services at the annual Payments Forum for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The main objective is to adjust to the ever-changing tastes and habits of buyers and sellers, propelled by the meteoric rise of digital payments in the area.

Flexible Payment Options

Andrew Torre, Regional President of Visa CEMEA, highlighted the transformative impact of digital payments on commerce, emphasizing the need for tailored, secure, and inclusive payment experiences. He underlined Visa's commitment to shaping the future of commerce by introducing a new generation of digital-first payment solutions.

One of the key innovations introduced is the Visa Flexible Credential, a versatile card product that empowers consumers with the flexibility to choose their preferred payment method. This feature allows users to seamlessly switch between debit, credit, installment payments, reward point redemption, and even currency preferences, offering unparalleled convenience and customization.

In addition to catering to individual consumers, Visa is also addressing the needs of nano-merchants, a significant segment that has yet to fully embrace digital payments. Through initiatives like Nano Merchant Acceptance, Visa aims to provide accessible and user-friendly payment solutions for both formal and informal merchants. This includes enabling digital payments through various channels such as USSD Push Payments, Micro-merchant Acceptance, and Tap to Phone functionality, thereby expanding the reach of digital transactions.

Furthermore, Visa is leveraging advanced authentication technologies to enhance security and combat fraud in online transactions. The Visa Payment Passkey Service, based on Fast Identity Online (FIDO) standards, offers a streamlined authentication process through biometric scans, eliminating the need for passwords or one-time codes. This not only enhances security but also simplifies the checkout experience for consumers.

To facilitate seamless online payments, Visa is introducing Click to Pay, a frictionless checkout solution that leverages registered email, phone numbers, or Visa Payment Passkeys. This eliminates the cumbersome process of manually entering card details, enhancing convenience and security for online shoppers.

Moreover, Visa is strengthening its fraud detection capabilities for account-to-account (A2A) payments through Visa Protect. By leveraging real-time data analysis and artificial intelligence, Visa aims to identify and mitigate fraud in A2A transactions, thereby safeguarding the integrity of the payment ecosystem.

Finally, Visa Pay, a comprehensive payments-as-a-service platform, enables banks to offer a range of digital services through their mobile banking apps. By integrating capabilities such as digital issuance, payment initiation, tap-to-pay, and fraud management, Visa Pay enhances the overall mobile banking experience for consumers while ensuring robust security measures.

Visa's latest initiatives underscore its commitment to driving innovation and delivering enhanced payment experiences that cater to the evolving needs of consumers and merchants across the Middle East and beyond. As these products and services begin to roll out, they are poised to reshape the future of commerce and the money movement, fostering greater convenience, security, and inclusivity in the digital payment landscape.

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