VinID acquires payment firm People Care

By Ky Duyen   May 24, 2019 | 04:35 am PT
VinID acquires payment firm People Care
Vietnam had the lowest percentage of cashless transactions in the region with only 4.9 percent. Photo by Shutterstock/Pro-stock studio
Vingroup’s loyalty program VinID has acquired local payment firm People Care, a central bank source says.

The takeover procedures have been completed, the source told VnExpress, but did not disclose its form and value.

Earlier this week, a new feature called "My Wallet" has appeared on the VinID app where customers can accumulate points from goods and services bought from Vingroup’s ecosystem, which includes real estate, education and shopping.

From this feature, customers can deposit and withdraw money as with any electronic wallet, and all transactions go through MonPay e-wallet. MonPay is a product created and run by local firm People Care JSC.

Previously, at the end of 2018, People Care completely replaced its management board with three key executives from VinID, including Nguyen Thi Diu, deputy general director of Vingroup and general director of VinID; and Nguyen Minh Hong, one of three founding shareholders of VinID.

VinID JSC was established in July 2018. It has a chartered capital of VND3 trillion ($128.81 million) and is 80 percent owned by Vingroup, Vietnam’s biggest private conglomerate.

People Care JSC is one of 29 enterprises that have been granted the payment intermediary license from the State Bank of Vietnam. The company doubled its charter capital from VND68 billion ($2.92 million) to VND138 billion ($5.93 million) at the end of 2018, after it had reappointed its board of directors.

The government is working to accelerate the use of cashless transactions. In a resolution released January, it tasked the central bank to come up with solutions that would promote the use of e-wallets, which allow users to deposit cash into their e-wallets without the need for a bank account.

However, Vietnam is still far away from becoming a cashless society, given low financial literacy and the lack of an ecosystem, experts say.

The use of cash in Vietnam remains high. World Bank's statistics released last year showed that the country had the lowest percentage of cashless transactions in the region with only 4.9 percent, while this value for China and Thailand were 26.1 percent and 59.7 percent respectively.

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