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Jordan : CENTRAL Bank of Jordan to allow banks and telcos to launch MOBILE WALLETS.

The Central Bank of Jordan will allow Jordanian banks and telcos to launch mobile wallets under its Jordan Mobile Payment project in March. Maha Bahou, the executive manager of the CBJ's payment services department said Jordanians will be able to use mobile wallets for withdrawing money from ATMs, bill payments and person-to-person or person-to-merchant transfers.

Consumers will not need either a smartphone or bank account to use the mobile wallets that will work with standard cellphones, and fund transfers will be possible from customers of one mobile operator to another. Jordanians and foreigners living in the Kingdom will be able to open mobile wallets at any of the country's mobile operators and their agents as well as at payment processors Middle East Payment Services and Emerging Markets Payments and at banks.

Jordan has a 155-percent mobile phone penetration rate and 75 percent of Jordanian adults do not have bank accounts. Mobile operators or companies that issue mobile wallets should abide by the CBJ's mobile payment regulations, and deposit collateral at the CBJ that is equivalent to the value of the e-wallets they want to issue.

Future JCB plans comprise facilitating benefit payments to e-wallets, NFC payments, and international transfers, Bahou added.

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