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NPIC to export UPI, sets up subsidiary: RBI Governor

The Unified Payment Interface was introduced in India in 2016. Based on its performance, Google has recommended similar service called FedNow to the US Federal Reserve Board. With its growing popularity, the RBI on December 16, 2019 announced that NPCI will set up a subsidiary to export UPI. India is already extending the app to other countries. Recently, PM Modi launched the service in Singapore during his visit to the country.

About the Subsidiary

The subsidiary will take the technology to foreign markets. It will also stream line various business propositions the service will bring upon exporting its service. There are currently 140 member banks using UPI. It is India’s fastest growing payment transfer. In November 2019, there were 1 billion transactions. However, the leading UPI players in India includes Google Pay (35% of market share), Walmart’s PhonePE and Paytm (16%)

UPI performance

UPI is gaining its popularity globally as transactions in UPI happen in real time. The process is simple and easy. Also, the transaction requires minimal details. The UPI was developed by National Payments Corporation of India. It set up subsidiary to help other governments and central banks to implement similar fund transfer

Why so popular?

The reason that countries like UAE, Singapore are welcoming UPI is that it gives flexibility to build on it. The user interface of the service remains the same whether it is used by a bank or third part tech firm or any other financial organization.

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UPI to be launched globally after hitting One Billion transactions in October

The Government of India in its major boost towards cash less digital economy launched the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) channel. The transactions through the channel has reached One Billion in the month of October


  • The milestone has been achieved after three years of launch of technology backed payments solution. The system was built by National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI)
  • The platform is one of the fastest growing initiatives of GoI and also the fastest adoption among all other payment systems anywhere in the world.
  • The system is to be taken to the global market. The plan is to be executed by NPCI. The team will first launch UPI in Singapore and then in UAE.


The UPI was launched before demonetization in 2016. It enables the users to send money from their account to any account without entering bank details. The transactions in UPI are made using email ids and QR codes. The main objective behind the launch of UPI was to promote digital payments.

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