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Mastercard to settle transactions for stablecoin wallet in APAC

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Global payment provider Mastercard is launching a stablecoin digital wallet integration with the Australian stablecoin platform Stables.Mastercard and Stables on March 20 announced a collaboration to allow retail customers in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region to spend their stablecoins anywhere Mastercard is accepted.The collaboration involves a stablecoin-only wallet built by Stables, coming with a payment card supported by Mastercard.

The payment card enables users to save and spend the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin by converting the digital currency into fiat and settling on Mastercard’s network.

The card will be accessible through the Stables digital application via mobile wallets.According to Mastercard Australasia’s head of fintech, Kallan Hogan, the company’s collaboration with Stables is a significant development in terms of Web3 adoption.“Mastercard is committed to powering innovative payment solutions that give cardholders the freedom to spend their assets where, how, and when they want,” Hogan said, adding:The Mastercard-enabled wallet integration will become available for users in the second quarter of 2023, Stables co-founder and CEO Daniel Li told Cointelegraph.

The stablecoin digital Mastercard will be initially available for users based in Australia and is then planned to enter Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom and most of Asia Pacific.The payment solution deploys Stables’ proprietary settlement engine that processes all payments using USDC and works directly with Mastercard to enable settlement, Li stated.

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