DUSHANBE, March 6, Asia-Plus  -- Beginning from the next month, employees will receive their monthly wages by remittance to their plastic cards.

The open joint-stock company “Agro InvestBonk” and the “Tojikazot” enterprise have signed a contract, under which beginning from April the enterprise’s employees (more than 1,000 people) will receive their wages not in cash but by means of remittance to their plastic cards.    

Ikhtiyor Rahimov, head of the payment system development and plastic cards department within the AgroInvestBonk, says that their bank intends to sign such contracts with four large enterprises and organizations in Tajikistan.  According to him, under these projects the bank will render services to the enterprises, whose staff members will agree to receive their wages by plastic cards from bank machine or Pos-terminal.  “It is to be noted that number of those wanting to receive their wages by plastic card is becoming more and more,” Ikhtiyor Rahimov noted.   .

Besides, AgroInvestBonk intends to sign such an agreement with one of universities in the republic in near future.

According to figures provided by the National Bank of Tajikistan (NBT), there have been 4,486 holders of plastic cards in Tajikistan as of January 1 2006.  Of them, 50 percent are clients of AgroInvestBonk. 

Since the beginning of 2006, AgroInvestBonk has issued plastic cards Visa and Maestro.