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Tunisia: more than 2 million cheques valued at 1.4 billion dinars rejected at end June

The rate of rejection of cheques in Tunisia has increased by 17.7% in the first half of 2022. In fact, more than 2 million cheques representing an amount of 1.4 billion dinars were rejected, out of a total of 12 million cheques (56 billion dinars). This is what emerges from the “periodic bulletin on payments in Tunisia”, released by the Central Bank of Tunisia (BCT) Monday.

According to this bulletin, payment transactions by electronic means have increased in number by 38%, to 5.8 million operations and in value by 62%, to 390 million dinars, between 2021 and 2022 (1st half).

It should be noted that the number of merchant sites has risen by 39%, from 1200 sites, at the end of June 2021, to 1670 sites at the end of June 2022.

The indicators of electronic money reveal, also, that the park of points of acceptance of the electronic money has at the end of June 2022, more than 3 thousand operations DAB / ATM (up 0.8% compared to June 2021), 30 thousand Eftpos terminals (+5.2%) and 6 million bank cards (+7%).

Regarding the activity of electronic money, the BCT has reported a more enhanced use of bank cards for payment. 

These payments have brought an amount of about 1,928 MD at June 30, 2022, against 1,172 MD, during the same period last year, up 65%.

Similarly, a clear acceleration of the volume of tele-cleared payment methods (cheques, direct, bills of exchange and transfers less than 100 thousand dinars) was observed, because of the economic recovery after the health crisis of the previous year.

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