Payment Card Year Books

Belarus 2017/2018

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Payment Organization

JSC ‘Banking Processing Center’ (BPC)

Domestic Card Brand

BelKart cards, some banks co-badge with Maestro. 

Market Structure

Cards issued reached 1.33 per capita in 2016, up from 0.36 in 2006. Debit cards predominate, and the BelKart scheme accounted for 42.7% of all cards. Only about 5% of cards issued are credit/charge cards.

Other than card payments, there are few electronic retail payments, but internet and mobile banking is spreading rapidly.


In February 2010, NBRB (National Bank of the Republic of Belarus) and CBRF, the Russian central bank, agreed on joint use of payment cards on their respective national payment systems in Belarus and Russia. 

Nearly 59.0% of the banking sector assets is held by the two biggest banks, both of which are state-controlled. 

The market share of foreign-owned banks accounted for 31% by total bank assets. 

Belarusbank issues 41.0% of all bank cards in Belarus and operates 29.0% of the national ATM network. 

Priorbank, owned by Raiffeisen Bank International (A), is the only western-owned bank, and several Russian banks are present.

Notable Market Trends

Rollout of contactless cards and POS terminals; Belkart rollout; 

one SIM SE NFC payment pilot, one mobile HCE NFC pilot. 

Statistical Key Figures for 2016 provided in this profile:

UPDATED: tables with card business data 2012-2016; growth rates: Y-o-Y, CAGR

Population, Cards per Capita, Card Value per Capita

Debit Cards, Credit/Delayed Debit Cards, Total Cards

Card payments by number and by value, ATV per card, payments per card/year

ATMs, POS terminals, ATMs/POS terminals per 1 million capita

ATM withdrawals by number/by value, ATV per withdrawal, TXs per ATM/month

POS payments by number/by value, ATV per POS payment, TXs per POS/month

Internet Use, e-payment mix, B2C e-Commerce by value and growth rate

Issued Card brands by individual major issuer bank

Accepted card brands by individual major acquirer

Drill down into the debit card use and credit cards use details

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1.0.0 last updated 2nd December 2017