In order to avoid possible problems with servicing bank cards of international payment systems (Visa, MasterCard) on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia, the National Bank of the Republic of Abkhazia recommends that citizens and guests of our country use APRA cards and cards of the Russian national payment system Mir.
The cross-border turnover of funds carried out through the banking system of the Republic of Abkhazia for 2021 in ruble terms amounted to 97.6 billion rubles, which is 35.6 billion rubles (57%) more than in 2020.
The total volume of transactions in the National Payment System of the Republic of Abkhazia for 2021 amounted to 25.3 billion rubles, which is 8 billion (47%) more than in 2020. In the structure of completed transactions, APRA cards account for 46.2%, MPS cards - 42.3%, MIR payment system cards - 11.5%.
On December 28, 2021, the National Payment System noted the most active holders of APRA bank cards.
Amina Khagba, Alesya Babasinyan, Astamur Gumba, Beslan Kakava, Sultan Ashuba, Milana Latsuzhba, Diana Bagatelia, Monika Tuzhba were awarded coins of the Bank of Abkhazia for the most frequent use of APRA bank cards when making payments in trade and service enterprises of the Republic.
The national payment system APRA, together with NSPK JSC (operator of the Mir payment system), have successfully tested a service that allows cross-border transfers (P2P) from Mir cards to APRA World cards.
The opening of the Bank of Abkhazia Museum did not go unnoticed by the world numismatic community. The largest British numismatic magazine "Coin News Magazine" published an article dedicated to this event. The article describes in detail the tasks of the museum in collecting, storing, studying and exhibiting banknotes circulating on the territory of Abkhazia for 2500 years. The article is illustrated with photographs depicting the museum.
For nine months of 2021, bank card holders in the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia performed transactions totaling 18.9 billion rubles. Thus, the volume of transactions made through the payment infrastructure of the national payment system APRA increased by 83.5%, or 8.6 billion rubles compared to the same period last year. In the structure of transactions, the share of international payment system cards accounted for 44.7%, APRA cards - 43.3%, and Mir payment system cards - 12.0%.