In accordance with the Law of Republic of Uzbekistan on Payments and Payment Systems, specialized rules that establish a mechanism of issuing, selling, acquiring, using and withdrawal from circulation of e-money have been developed and approved.
What do you need to know?
What is e-money?
E-money – unconditional and irrevocable monetary obligations of the issuer of e-money, stored in electronic form and accepted as a means of payment in the e-money system.
The subjects of the e-money system
The issuer, operator, agent of the e-money system, the owner of e-money, as well as banks, payment organizations, individual entrepreneurs and (or) legal entities that have concluded an agreement with the issuer.
The e-money issuer (banks) has to:
Send a notification to the Central Bank (the name of the operator (brand) and license number issued to the operator, information about the issuer, the settlement bank of the operator and agents of the e-money system) about the beginning of the issuance and sale of e-money are indicated in the notification.
Submit documents to the Central Bank (documents confirming the issuer’s position in the e-money system (agreement with the operator) in the absence of the issuer and in the absence of a trademark belonging to the e-money system) samples of contracts concluded with the e-money system entities).
Submitted to Central Bank documents has to be considered within ten days and the relevant information on the date of the e-money issue will be entered into the e-money system registry, indicated on the official website of the Central Bank.
The issuer and the operator are liable to the owner of e-money for damage caused to the owner of e-money as a result of unauthorized access and (or) unauthorized use of e-money, as well as for errors or interruptions in the work of the issuer software of e-money or in the work of e-money.
The sale of e-money to individuals or the purchase of e-money from individuals is carried out by the agent of the e-money system on the basis of an agreement concluded with the issuer or operator, this agreement defines the rights and obligations of the parties, the procedure and conditions for the sale and acquisition of e-money. E-money is sold to an individual and an agent of the e-money system through an e-money system, which is purchased from the issuer for an e-wallet, which is formed for each e-money holder. On the basis of a contract with the issuer or operator, an agent of the e-money system can purchase e-money from an individual who owns an e-wallet in the e-money system at the face value of e-money in order to sell or refund e-money to individuals who own an electronic wallet in the e-money system. E-money issued by the issuer in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan should be nominal only in national currency.
A special receipt in paper or electronic form must be presented to confirm the fact that the Issuer sold electronic money to the owner of electronic money when issuing it.
The receipt must have the following details:
- name of issuer and operator;
- date and time of operation;
- sequence number of the operation;
- the amount of e-money issued;
- identification code of an e-wallet owned by the owner of e-money;
- the amount of commission (if it is specified in the contract for the issuance, use and reimbursement of e-money).
E-money can be used to purchase goods and services from individual entrepreneurs and legal entities that are subjects of e-money system. Only e-money issued in the territory of the Republic of Uzbekistan can be accepted as payment. The operator provides the issuer with the opportunity to receive information about transactions and operations carried out by the owner of e-money online.
E-wallet can be blocked by the operator or issuer in the following cases:
- upon receipt of a notification from the owner of e-money about the loss, theft or unauthorized use of the electronic wallet;
- in case of violation of the terms of the agreement on the issue, use and reimbursement of e-money by the owner of e-money;
- in other cases, stipulated by the contract.
Security and Risk Management
The procedures for ensuring information security and protection used in the e-money system should ensure continuous protection of information at all stages of circulation, including:
- determination of the rights of the owner of e-money to conduct transactions with e-money;
- find out the reasons for the incidents detected during e-money transactions;
- protection against unauthorized use of information and ensuring its integrity.
Risk management in the system should be based on the availability of:
- procedures for internal control and audit of the system, maintaining information about the functioning of the system and transactions;
- an information system that provides timely processing, accounting and storage of information on each transaction, protection and storage of data in the system;
The withdrawal from circulation
E-money presented by their owner is repaid by the issuing bank by exchange for cash or transfer of non-cash money to the owner’s bank account. After repayment, e-money is withdrawn from circulation.