On the 28th of April 2015, the secretary of Maluku Province Goverment, Mrs. Ros Far Far had officially open the implementation of National Movement for non-cash payment in Maluku Province. The official opening was held in two locations, the first one was at Ferry Port in Galala and at the newly opened Food Court of Universitas Pattimura. This campaign was aimed to increase the use of electronic money and increase of non-cash payment systems.
The official opening in Maluku is an continuation of the National Campaign for the use of electronic payments which was initiated by Bank Indonesia on 14 August 2014. Through this campaign, the branch office of Bank Indonesia in Maluku aims to endorse people in Maluku Province to increase the usage of electronic money and electronic payment systems in their financial transactions. It wants to promote the advantages of using non-cash payment which offers more transparency in financial transactions which would help prevent and identify financial crimes.
In general, the banking sector in Maluku is ready to enter electronic financial and payment systems, as it is shown by the availability of ATMs in Maluku have been equipped with top-up facility for electronic cards. Furthermore, there are several shops and restaurant in Ambon City which have used Electronic Data Capture (EDC) to serve payments using electronic payment cards.
Through the campaign of the use of electronic money and electronic payments, it was hoped that the existing conventional (cash) payments and financial transactions could be changed to electronic systems. The final aim of the campaign is to establish a Less Cash Society (LCS) with three main programs, consumer education and protection, electronic payments from government and public, and the development of payment sectors.
[Ambon, 28 April 2015 – Kantor Perwakilan Bank Indonesia, Provinsi Maluku – Wuryanto, Kepala Perwakilan]