Barnes International, a smart card test tool provider, has partnered with CardPro Services, a Morocco-based payment consultants, , to expand enhanced EMV chip card and mobile payment testing services and tools to the Moroccan market.

The partnership will provide Moroccan card issuers essential support to reduce the risk, cost and duration of their EMV migration and payment card accreditation programmes.

According to figures from EMVCo, more than 60% of card users across Africa depend on magnetic stripe technology, exposing them to a greater degree of card fraud.

Barnes has launched a range of magnetic stripe, chip card and NFC mobile payment application test tools to make sure that the development and manufacture of high-quality payment products that meet ISO, CQM and EMV requirements.

Barnes International’s managing director Brian Summerhayes said: "However, by working with Barnes and CardPro Services, our clients can mitigate that risk and ensure their chip migration programmes and new product launches run as smoothly and efficiently as possible"

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CardPro Services managing director Abdelouahed Elrhassir said: "We’re delighted to be working with Barnes to offer additional support to EMV card issuers in our local market. The depth of our combined cards and payments domain expertise perfectly positions us to assist our clients as they roll out EMV chip card and NFC mobile payment applications".