India wants to expand its Unified Payments Interface to Africa
1 min Read September 1, 2023 at 1:21 PM UTC
- The Indian government is planning to expand its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) in Africa through commercial partnerships between payment platforms.
- UPI is a system that powers multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application (of any participating bank), merging several banking features, seamless fund routing & merchant payments into one hood.
- According to Mint, an Indian business publication, the government is in talks with “several African countries”, including Namibia, Mozambique, and Kenya.
The UPI is credited to have helped reduce cash transactions in India from 90% of the total volume in 2017 to less than 60% in 2021. The push into Africa comes as part of recent efforts by the Asian nation to expand its interests on the continent. For Africa, this is significant in the context of its own booming digital payment industry. UPI, a proven and efficient payment system, can improve cross-border transactions, and open doors for enhanced financial services and international trade between both parties, as well as further driving Africa’s digital financial ecosystem.
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