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Azerbaijan’s card payments channel demonstrated robust growth during the review period. Improved banking infrastructure, a shift towards card-based payments and government efforts to accelerate cashless transactions in the country contributed to the growth of the channel during the review period. The card payments channel grew from 3.6 million cards in 2008 to 4.9 million in 2012, at a CAGR of 7.86%. The total number of cards is expected to grow to 6.1 million at a CAGR of 3.80% over the forecast period. Card payments recorded high growth during the review period to overtake credit transfers in 2011. Card payments recorded a CAGR of 18.15% during the review period to be valued at AZN7.8 billion (US$9.9 billion) in 2012, higher than the credit transfer value of AZN7 billion (US$8.9 billion).