African card payment scheme Verve International has announced it has joined EMVCo as a Business and Technical Associate, to provide input for existing and future EMV specifications.
The goal of EMVCo is to facilitate worldwide interoperability and acceptance of secure payment transactions by managing and evolving the EMV Specifications and related testing processes. This includes card and terminal evaluation, security evaluation, and management of interoperability issues.
“As part of the EMVCo Associates Programme, Verve will provide input into the enhancement of existing, and creation of future EMV Specifications for payment technologies. Verve will also advise on strategic business and implementation issues relating to the use of the EMV specifications globally,” Verve said.
“EMV, which includes both contact and contactless chip cards, is the latest in payment technology, and also increase security by reducing the risk of counterfeiting. For example, if a card’s data is stolen a counterfeit card cannot be used without its unique EMV elements.”
Verve chief executive officer (CEO) Charles Ifedi said the adoption of new EMV technology will make electronic payments more convenient and more secure.
“Verve International is proud to be doing its bit to develop new EMV technologies as part of our commitment to ever improving levels of security and convenience for our customers,” he said.
“We are ideally placed, and very much looking forward to, adding an African voice to technical discussions on the development of new EMV technologies and adoption of these technologies across Africa and around the world.”
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