HNB partners with WEBXPAY to launch low-cost digital payment solutions for SMBs under Visa’s Acceptance Fast Track Program

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Sri Lanka’s leading online payment gateway solution provider, WEBXPAY announced a landmark partnership with the nation’s leading private sector bank, HNB, to introduce affordable POS solutions to enable digital payments acceptance for Small and Medium Businesses (SMB). 

(From left) HNB Aggregator Solutions Executive Krishan Jayamanna, HNB Product Head – Merchant Services & Digital Pay Products Gayan Gunawardane, HNB Head of Acquiring & Digital Payment Solutions Zacky Ahamed and HNB Head of Cards Gauthami Niranjan at the launch of WEBXPAY and Visa partnership, together with WEBXPAY – Founder and CEO Omar Sahib, Head of Cybersource – India and South Asia Rahul Choube, Country Manager VISA – Sri Lanka & Maldives Avanthi Colombage, Director VISA, Products – Sri Lanka & Maldives Gimali Soysa, Director VISA, MS & A – Sri Lanka & Maldives Nalin Dissanayake, WEBXPAY – Director Business Development and Operations Krishan Samarasinghe and WEBXPAY – Project Manager Natalie Ferdinands

As part of the ongoing Visa Acceptance Fast Track programme that WEBXPAY entered recently, the partnership will enable WEBXPAY to increase the circulation of Point of Sale (POS) terminals to SMBs. At present it is estimated that 96,000 POS terminals are in circulation. 

Through its ongoing efforts, WEBXPAY aims to increase circulation of POS devices rapidly over the next 5 years, with Soft POS terminals such as Tap to Phone, and other Android POS machines expected to play a pivotal role in expanding cashless payment acceptance to SMBs. 

“WEBXPAY is proud to partner with a true pioneer in tech-enabled banking – HNB – in order to rapidly expand access to the latest generation of contactless payments to support the growth and development of Sri Lankan SMBs. Based on global experiences we have seen that contactless payments can increase their transactions by 4x, and encourage 2x higher spend. This can help them attract and retain new business at a very crucial time for the SMB sector,” said Omar Sahib, Founder & CEO, WEBXPAY.

In addition to low-cost POS machines, new solutions like Tap to Phone payments are expected to prove a game changer for SMBs, enabling vendors to almost instantly convert any smartphone into a payment acceptance device. 

“Sri Lanka’s SMB sector serves as a backbone of our nation’s economy, accounting for the vast majority of employment in Sri Lanka, and yet they often lack the resources, tools and expertise to engage with digital payment solutions. HNB, WEBXPAY, and Visa are all united by a deep commitment to leveraging the power of technology and partnerships to radically enhance the competitiveness of SMBs, and we look forward to working in close collaboration to rollout contactless payments and novel Solution like Tap to Phone (Soft POS), to SMBs across the island in the coming months,” said Gauthami Niranjan, Head of Cards, HNB PLC.

Visa has long been committed to power the digitisation of small businesses in Sri Lanka. As part of the Acceptance Fast Track program, we are delighted to enable this partnership between WEBXPAY and HNB and further empower the SMB sector with digital payments. Through our Cybersource platform, we will help enable card present acceptance as well as provide merchants with the convenience of tap to phone,” said Avanthi Colombage, Country Manager, Sri Lanka and Maldives, Visa.

WEBXPAY and Visa’s partnership with HNB represents the latest advancement in the Visa Acceptance Fast Track programme, which aims to empower small businesses to begin digital payment acceptance in a matter of seconds, thanks to new Visa solutions, onboarding processes and program participants.


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