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Press Releases

November 2023
November 27, 2023

Mastercard and the Research Institute of World Tourism Alliance (WTA) have recently announced a new strategic collaboration at the 2023 annual meeting of WTA, to promote sustainable and inclusive development of the tourism industry.

November 23, 2023

Mastercard and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have launched a new FlexiMasters program, the NTU-Mastercard FlexiMasters in Cybersecurity & Digital Trust, to strengthen expertise in combating the growing threat of cybercrime.

November 21, 2023

Mastercard NUCC Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., has received formal approval from the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) and the National Administration of Financial Regulation (NAFR) to commence domestic bankcard clearing activity in China, allowing Mastercard cardholders in China to soon enjoy seamless payment experiences at home and abroad.

November 15, 2023

Mastercard partners with NEC to bring the Biometric Checkout Program to the Asia Pacific region, expanding reach across the globe. Under which, NEC’s face recognition and liveness verification technology, and Mastercard’s payment enablement and optimized user experience to drive global scale.

November 13, 2023

Mastercard is supporting Australia's fintech industry with a new program, launched in collaboration with FD Global Connections, to help local innovators strengthen their governance and risk management practices.

November 7, 2023

Mastercard today announced that it has completed the Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s e-HKD Pilot Programme, which demonstrated the efficacy of the Mastercard Multi-Token Network solution to settle Web3 transactions involving decentralized applications and digital assets, such as NFTs.

November 6, 2023

A new study commissioned by Mastercard has unveiled the eye-opening scope of cyberattacks among Australia’s small business leaders. Mastercard partnered with a teenage ethical hacker to create 'Cyber secure in 60 seconds,' a ten-part content series containing simple, low cost and actionable insights for small business.

November 1, 2023

Mastercard and Norwegian fintech company EedenBull have announced the launch of a cards and spend management platform, Q Business, designed specifically to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to process their spending and payments more efficiently

October 2023
October 31, 2023

As a global technology company in payments, Mastercard expands its partnership with Agoda, a digital travel platform headquartered in Singapore to enhance business-to-business payments in the travel and tourism industry

October 30, 2023

Mastercard has partnered with Aurionpro Transit, a leading global provider of smart ticketing and payment systems, to provide commuters with a next-generation contactless payment method for public transport

October 12, 2023

Mastercard’s participation in the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Digital Finance Cooperative Research Centre’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilot project explored potential use cases for a CBDC in Australia

September 2023
September 27, 2023

DUAPAY, developed by Fintech Pacific in partnership with Mastercard and ygap, and with support from the Australian Government, welcomes more local merchants into the digital economy.

September 21, 2023

Mastercard partners with PWR to create exclusive masterclasses with global gaming icons, Lachlan Power and Kathleen 'Loserfruit' Belsten.

August 2023
August 31, 2023

Mastercard Strive Indonesia, an initiative that aims to empower small businesses to succeed in the digital economy, announces the onboarding of nine new partners that will significantly expand the program's reach.

August 28, 2023

Nuvei and Mastercard today announced that they will enable near instantaneous payout capabilities for online trading platforms and investors in the Asia Pacific region via Mastercard Send™.

August 23, 2023

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced an exciting association, with Mastercard becoming a Global Partner for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 to be held in India between 5 October and 19 November 2023. 

August 22, 2023

Mastercard extends its partnership with Collinson to provide premium airport lounge access to Mastercard Trust Club World Card and World Elite Card cardholders in the event of a delayed flight through Mastercard Flight Delay Pass.

August 7, 2023

By linking any Mastercard card to WeChat (Weixin in Mandarin Chinese) Pay, overseas visitors will have access to tens of millions of local merchants, while SMEs are set to benefit from a bigger pool of international buyers.

July 2023
July 28, 2023

Refreshed innovation lab in Singapore inspires purposeful innovation through immersive, experiential demos, drives new business ideas, and encourages co-creation with clients and partners.

July 13, 2023

Mastercard and DTS Corporation have announced a new strategic partnership to deliver cybersecurity solutions to enhance digital fraud detection solutions for Japan.

July 12, 2023

Mastercard has partnered with Vodafone Fiji to provide a new way of paying in-store and online, both at home and abroad, with the launch of M-PaiSA Mastercard. This initiative will give hundreds of thousands of Fijians access to digital payments through Mastercard's global payment network.

June 2023
June 28, 2023

With Hong Kong's economic revival in full swing, Mastercard and distinguished local F&B group LUBUDS, today announced the launch of LUMA, a new restaurant occupying a prime location at 1881 Heritage, a historical landmark that has been transformed into a luxury lifestyle hub in the vibrant Tsim Sha Tsui district.

June 26, 2023

Mastercard today announced Mastercard Strive Malaysia to support Malaysia’s growth and digitalization priorities. In collaboration with The Asia Foundation, the program aims to digitalize and support the growth of 100,000 micro-and small enterprises (MSEs), focusing on women-owned and women-led businesses.

June 21, 2023

With the resumption of travel and tourism to China in full swing, Mastercard and Alipay today announced the launch of a new payments option that provides international arrivals to China with another simple and secure way to go cashless when visiting the country.

June 7, 2023

Mastercard today announced that Westpac will become the first issuer of Mastercard’s Touch Card™ in Australia, a card design featuring simple yet distinct notches to help blind and partially sighted people identify their credit, debit and prepaid cards.

May 2023
May 15, 2023

New insights from the Mastercard Economics Institute reveal that consumers are taking advantage of a more traditional travel ecosystem in 2023, prioritizing leisure travel and pioneering new corridors around the world.

May 12, 2023

With merchants estimated to suffer more than US$48 billion in eCommerce fraud globally in 2023 – 22% of that in Asia – Mastercard today announced the expansion of its partnership with Vesta, the global leader in payment fraud protection.

May 10, 2023

Mastercard has partnered with Maldives Transport & Contracting Company (MTCC) and Bank of Maldives (BML) to roll out the first multi-model, open loop transit payment and digital ticketing system in South Asia.

May 9, 2023

Mastercard today hosted Fahmi Fadzil, Malaysia’s Minister of Communications and Digital, for the opening of its new office and launch of its Data & Services (D&S) Hub in Kuala Lumpur, which will serve clients across the Asia Pacific region with a suite of offerings beyond transactions.

May 8, 2023

Wakayama Prefecture, The Kiyo Bank, Ltd., The Kiyo Card DC Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS Co., Ltd., and Mastercard have agreed to jointly discuss and develop potential solutions with the aim of upgrading the spending process for municipal goods and services procurement, utility bills, and business trips by optimizing payment methods with a view to introducing card programs.

April 2023
April 26, 2023

Mastercard announced it is accelerating efforts to remove first–use, PVC plastics from payment cards on its network by 2028. This initiative further reinforces the company’s sustainability commitments and scales the accessibility of more sustainable card offerings for consumers seeking a way to reduce the environmental impact of their wallet.

April 13, 2023

Music fans can now get their hands on the limited release Mastercard Music Pass NFT, which unlocks access to exclusive content and experiences from the Mastercard Artist Accelerator. The unique program will prepare five emerging musical artists from around the world with the tools and skills to harness Web3 technologies to reimagine their creative processes and grow their careers in the digital economy.

April 4, 2023

Mastercard, in collaboration with the Indonesian National Council for Financial Inclusion (DNKI) and Mercy Corps Indonesia, launched Mastercard Strive Indonesia, a three-year initiative that aims to empower 300,000 Indonesian small businesses to succeed in the digital economy.

March 2023
March 28, 2023

LUBUDS and Mastercard announced a new partnership that will see the two companies co-creating tantalizing offerings for diners. Cardholders will enjoy priceless experiences and exclusive privileges at restaurants across Hong Kong.

March 20, 2023

Mastercard is conducting a pilot with Service NSW and Tipple to allow consumers to verify their age securely and seamlessly in the digital and physical world.

March 15, 2023

Checkout.com and Mastercard announced that they will make Mastercard Send™ available to more Checkout.com customers in the Asia Pacific region, starting in Australia and Hong Kong SAR later this year.

March 7, 2023

Mastercard announced an industry-leading partnership with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) to build a Cyber Innovation Hub. The facility aims to build a cyber-ready workforce in Malaysia, expanding industry expertise while strengthening the country’s cyber resilience capabilities to future proof its digital economy.

February 2023
February 27, 2023

Mastercard and end-to-end fraud protection platform Vesta have partnered to deliver state-of-the art fraud management solutions for merchants in Asia Pacific. The partnership will involve the integration of Mastercard’s Cyber & Intelligence (C&I) products and solutions into Vesta’s transaction guarantee platform, and will allow merchants to eliminate online fraud and grow their business.

February 23, 2023

Mastercard has been approved as an unrestricted Accredited Data Recipient (ADR) by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), under the Consumer Data Right (CDR). The accreditation will enable Mastercard to unlock the potential of open banking for more Australian businesses and consumers, as it has in the U.S. and Europe.

February 22, 2023

Web3 tech innovator, Immersve has partnered with Mastercard to give consumers the ability to use cryptocurrency directly from their web3 wallet to make digital, physical or even metaverse purchases, wherever Mastercard is accepted. 

February 21, 2023

General Incorporated Foundation KANSAI Tourism Bureau and Mastercard have agreed to form an alliance to expand and promote tourism in the Kansai region. This includes working towards promoting tourism in relation to the Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, and drive a shift to a digital economy.

January 2023
January 16, 2023

New research from Mastercard reveals an organization’s performance in diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), security and sustainability play a critical role in consumer purchasing decisions.

January 11, 2023

New research commissioned by Mastercard in partnership with Blind Sports Australia (BSA) revealed seven in ten Australians agree the sports industry has made progress to be more diverse, however there is still work to be done to ensure everyone feels like they belong.

January 10, 2023

ATX Fintech Holding Sdn. Bhd. (ATX) announced a partnership with Mastercard to launch Mastercard® Bill Pay, a new bill management tool that combines electronic bill presentment and payment in one place. The platform transforms the way bills are presented and makes the payments experience secure, more efficient and seamless.

January 5, 2023

Mastercard today announced the appointment of Gautam Aggarwal as Division President for South Asia & Country Corporate Officer, India, effective January 1. With his new remit, Gautam will oversee all of Mastercard’s activities across South Asia and India, including product management, engagements with customers and regulators, marketing and more.