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Dubai: The card giants, American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa, are beginning technical preparations for global expansion of the Click-to-Pay online checkout based on the “EMV Secure Remote Commerce” standard.

These will be in the UAE, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Australia and other countries, with more to follow.

Click to Pay aims to make the online checkout secure for consumers across web and mobile sites, apps and connected devices by replacing time-consuming key entry of personal account numbers and information at checkout.

The advanced digital checkout solution mirrors the interoperable checkout experience in physical stores – with one terminal to accept all card payments. “The vision for the future is that Click to Pay will provide consumers a streamlined experience across any digital checkout environment or network,” according to a statement.

American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa announced the universal digital checkout solution in the US in October 2019. Since then, more than 10,000 merchants have been enabling their customers with the option to click to pay.