Multicaixa (MCX) is the one and only brand name for debit cards issued in Angola, and also the brand name for the one and only interbank network of Automated teller machines and point of sales terminals for electronic payments. While the ATMs and the POS (Point of Sale) terminals are owned by the supporting bank, the network is operated by EMIS (Empresa Interbancária de Serviços S.A., English Interbank Service Company), and the Multicaixa cards of any bank are accepted at the same terms at any Multicaixa ATM or POS terminal. This is regulated by the national law on Angolan payment systems, the BNA directive No. 9/2011 of 13 October on the regulation of bank payment cards, and various other laws and directives regulating the Angolan financial system. The ATMs accept Multicaixa debit cards and Visa credit cards (Visa credit cards are the only ones issued in Angola). EMIS prepares the acceptance of other international credit card brands like Mastercard.
Besides cash advance and withdrawal, the ATMs offer other services like consultation of account balance and movements, transfer of funds to pay utility invoices, and recharge of prepaid mobile phone accounts.
The cards are issued by the bank where the customer has a bank account, using services of EMIS. Besides debit cards linked to a bank account, there exist also stored-value cards (prepaid debit cards) with and without the possibility to recharge them.
At the end of 2011, there were 2.377.969 valid Multicaixa cards, out of which 1.559.841 were being used at least one in their time of validity. There were 1629 ATMs installed in the country, and 18.199 POS terminals. 81.943.904 transactions were performed at the ATMs in 2011, and 9.063.863 transactions on the POS terminals. Only 11% of the Angolan population have a bank account.
- "Lei do Sistema de Pagamentos (Lei 05/05 de 29 de Julho)" [Law on the payment system] (PDF) (in Portuguese). BNA (Banco Nacional de Angola). 29 July 2005. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- "REGULAMENTAÇÃO DOS CARTÕES DE PAGAMENTO BANCÁRIO" [Regulation of bank payment cards] (PDF) (in Portuguese). BNA (Banco Nacional de Angola). 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
- "Indicadores de Actividade" [Activity statistic] (in Portuguese). EMIS. Retrieved 13 April 2012.