The volume of bank card transactions made through the national payment system APRA in 2019 increased by 20.1%, or 2.55 billion rubles, compared to 2018. Bank card holders in the territory of Abkhazia made operations totaling 15.25 billion rubles. In the structure of transactions, APRA cards accounted for 61.9%, MPS cards - 35.4%, and cards of the Mir payment system - 2.7%.
Cards of the Russian national payment system "Mir" began to be serviced in the payment infrastructure of APRA since June 2019. Over the past year by "Mir" cards in the territory of Abkhazia transactions were performed for 405 million rubles.
Since October 2019, banks-participants of the APRA national payment system began to issue new APRA World cards with the ability to carry out operations in the Russian Federation.
At the end of 2019, the volume of non-cash transactions for the payment of goods and services with bank cards increased by 49.7% compared to 2018 and amounted to 2.67 billion rubles. MPS cards in the country's trading and service enterprises paid a total of 2.40 billion rubles, non-cash transactions of Mir cardholders amounted to 151 million rubles, non-cash transactions with APRA cards in 2019 increased by 89% compared to 2018 g. and amounted to 121 million rubles. On average, APRA card holders made purchases totaling RUB 330 thousand daily.
At the same time, cash withdrawal operations occupied the bulk of the transaction structure. Through the infrastructure of APRA in 2019, 12.58 billion rubles were cashed by bank card holders. Thus, the average cash withdrawal on cards exceeded 1 billion rubles per month.
In 2019, the payment infrastructure of the APRA national payment system was expanded. APRA NPS participating banks installed 502 POS-terminal devices in trade and service enterprises of the republic. As of January 1, 2020, bank card holders in the territory of Abkhazia were served by an infrastructure consisting of 2156 devices, including 124 ATM, 1929 POS and 103 cash terminals.