Visa International's regional organization for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa-known as CEMEA-has adopted a six-year timetable for full conversion to smart cards.

The plan is similar to one adopted in October by Visa EU, the European Union organization, with which CEMEA shares headquarters in London. All new payment terminals are to be chip-compatible by January 2001, and all cards are to be converted by 2005.

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