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Thematic bank cards issued specially for the World Championship

By Valeria Gavrusheva

Thematic bank cards issued specially for the World Championship


These new cards impress with their design. Whilst the depiction of a hockey rink is their major feature, they are also made of transparent plastic, which is truly rare for Belarusian cards. Priorbank cards are beautifully packaged and can become a nice hockey souvenir. Importantly, no passport is needed to buy such a card. These prepaid cards are available in sums of Br250,000, Br500,000 or Br1m.

The cards are not attached to a particular account and anyone can use them as they have no personal details attached to them. This is a usual instrument to pay for products and services (at trading and catering organisations) and for making payments at Priorbank’s payment-reference terminals. However, holders of these new ‘hockey’ cards won’t be able to make Internet payments, withdraw the remaining sum after the expiry date or, in case of a PIN-code loss, to withdraw cash. The latter has been introduced intentionally to promote non-cash payments.

Cards are issued on the basis of the national BELCARD payment system and use Belarusian Roubles. In addition, they are accepted exclusively on Belarusian territory. “We wished to issue a Belarusian card especially for the championship,” explains Priorbank’s Executive Director, Anatoly Pavlovich.

The new cards are the first of their kind for the national payment system but, as BELCARD Payment System JSC’s Director Alexander Sotnikov explains, “Prepaid cards are used worldwide, and the global banking market is now actively working to promote such cards.”
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