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Central Bank to Pick Platform for National Payment System by Mid-July

Published: July 9, 2014 (Issue # 1819)



  • Central Bank head Elvira Nabiullina. The bank is yet to choose a company to create the new national payment system.
    Photo: Denis Abramov / Vedomosti

TheCentral Bank has delayed thedecision toselect thecompany that will create Russias new national payment system byabout two weeks, theregulators head, Elvira Nabiullina, said July 1 ata banking conference inSt. Petersburg.

President Vladimir Putin signed alaw onthe creation ofa national payment system inMay after Visa andMasterCard stopped servicing two Russian banks that had been blacklisted bythe U.S. inresponse tothe annexation ofCrimea.

Aworking group has been tasked with choosing thebest option fromtwo potential payment systems theUniversal Electronic Card, or UEC, developed byleading Russian lender Sberbank, or theGolden Crown money transfer system that has more than 40,000 branches inRussia, theCommonwealth ofIndependent States andother countries.

Thedecision was expected onJuly 1, but theworking group now has until mid-July toreach adecision. Nabiullina said that ashortlist ofcandidates already exists, but declined toname any ofthem, PRIME reported.

Sberbank head German Gref said Tuesday that he wants his organization todevelop theUEC system even if it is overlooked as theplatform forthe national payment system, Gazeta.ru reported.

Anew type ofelectronic chip has already been developed forthe UEC, but it will take about 18 months toreach full scale production, Kommersant reported inJune.

Explaining Sberbanks interest inthe project, Gref said that thebanks main competitors inthe coming years were likely tobe online payment systems such as Yandex.Money, Qiwi andWebMoney, which are providing stiff competition fortraditional banks.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Jan. 29



Attend a master class on how to deal with complicated business negotiations today at the International Banking Institute, 6 Malaya Sadovaya Ulitsa. Running from 3 to 6 p.m., Vadim Sokolov, an assistant professor at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics, will introduce aspects of managing the negotiation process and increasing its effectiveness. Attendance is free with pre-registration by telephone on 909 3056 or online at www.ibispb.ru



Celebrate what would be writer Anton Chekhov's 155th birthday at the Bokvoed bookshop at 46 Nevsky Prospekt. Starting at 5 p.m., the legendary author will be feted with readings of his stories and short performances based on his plays by various St. Petersburg actors. Chekhov's books will also be offered at a 15% discount during the event.



Friday, Jan. 30



The Lermontov Central Library, 19 Liteyny Prospekt, will screen 'Almost Famous in English with Russian subtitles at 6:30 p.m. Cameron Crowe's Academy Award-winning comedy from 2000 stars Billy Crudup, Kate Hudson, and Patrick Fugit, and tells the story of a budding music journalist at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Admission is free.



Meet renowned Russian poet, journalist and writer Dmitry Bykov, famous for his biographies of Boris Pasternak, Bulat Okudzhava and Maxim Gorky, and winner of 2006 National Bestseller Award. Bykov will read old and new poems as well as answer questions about his works at the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Main Hall, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at 1,000 rubles and are available at city ticket offices and the from the Philharmonic website www.philharmonia.spb.ru.



A retrospective of the films of Roman Polanski starts today at Loft-Project Etagi, 74 Ligovsky Prospekt, with a screening of Repulsion at 7 p.m. and Rosemarys Baby at 9:15 p.m. The series runs through Feb. 4 and will include Polanski's eminently creepy The Tenant, the cult comedy The Fearless Vampire Killers and Cul-de-sac among others. Tickets are 150-200 rubles and the complete schedule is available at www.vk.com/artpokaz/



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