TechInPacific – Samoa has welcomed the first Business Debit card to support local businesses and the local communities in the country. It will allow business owners to make global purchases from American Samoa, dismissing the need for checks and cash.
The product is a partnership of TBAS and Mastercard to secure business payment while following the COVID-19 protocols which involve less physical contacts and give convenience to digital interaction.
“The Territorial Bank of American Samoa is very proud to support all local businesses – both big and small – to empower them with smarter banking offerings that ensures their business success,” states David Buehler, President, and CEO of TBAS. “2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us, so providing new business opportunities and supporting businesses with better banking assistance is key for all of us in American Samoa to thrive.”
“Mastercard is excited to build on its relationship with the Territorial Bank of American Samoa, now extending the many benefits of its Debit Mastercard to business owners,” said Ruth Riviere, Country Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands at Mastercard. “The TBAS Business Debit Mastercard features the very best of Mastercard’s payment security technology, providing local business owners with a simple, smart and secure way to pay for purchases while offering increased freedom, choice and peace of mind in the way they go about their business.”
The EMV chip-enabled card allows contactless payment with one tap gesture on public terminals and is ready to use at any ATM network in the country, at 200 local retail stores, and international payments.
The card also supports online shopping with its mobile app-enabled payment system.
Applications for TBAS Business Debit Mastercard can be made online, by emailing [email protected] or by visiting one of TBAS branches at Utulei or Tafuna or a call on 633‐8143.