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MasterCard readies smart cards for Iraqi welfare reforms

Date Published: 
06/13/2013
Summary: 

MasterCard is partnering with the UN World Food Programme (WPF) to promote the use of smart cards for the distribution of welfare benefits such as healthcare and education credits and food vouchers in Iraq. Details of an initial pilot for the potential introduction of electronic food vouchers in the Iraqi Public Distribution System (PDS) are being hammered out in a two-day technical workshop comprising representatives from the Iraqi government, the WPF and MasterCard. (..) The two-day workshop will be followed by a consultative meeting on 12 June to discuss a timetable for welfare reform.