Google India Digital Services (P) Limited and NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand the transformative impact of unified payments interface (UPI) to countries beyond India.

NPCI said in a statement on Tuesday that the MoU has three key objectives. First, it seeks to broaden the use of UPI payments for travelers outside of India, enabling them to conveniently make transactions abroad.

Second, the MoU intends to assist in establishing UPI-like digital payment systems in other countries, providing a model for seamless financial transactions.

Lastly, it focuses on easing the process of remittances between countries by utilizing the UPI infrastructure, thereby simplifying cross-border financial exchanges.

According to the statement, the outlined objectives will help accelerate UPI’s global acceptance, providing foreign merchants access to Indian customers who will no longer have to rely only on foreign currency and/or, credit or forex cards for making digital payments and will have the option using UPI powered Apps from India including Google Pay.

This is in alignment with NPCI’s endeavor of bolstering India’s position in the global digital payment landscape.

Moreover, the MoU will also significantly contribute to simplifying remittances by reducing dependence on conventional money transfer channels.

The global expansion of UPI also represents a transformative step in international commerce, enabling a seamless, secure, and cost-effective payment experience for both merchants and customers worldwide, said the statement.

“Google Pay has been a proud and willing collaborator to NPCI and the financial ecosystem, under the regulator’s guidance, and this collaboration is another step towards our commitment to making payments simple, safe and convenient,” said Deeksha Kaushal, Director, Partnerships, Google Pay India.

According to her, UPI has demonstrated to the world the step change that happens in economies with the introduction of interoperable, population scale digital infrastructure and each economy that joins such networks will create impact beyond the sum of parts.

Meanwhile, NIPL chief executive officer Ritesh Shukla said this strategic partnership will not only simplify foreign transactions for Indian travelers but will also allow us to extend our knowledge and expertise of operating a successful digital payments ecosystem to other countries.

He noted the partnership is enabling a seamless and more connected international remittance network by further expanding UPI’s cross-border interoperability feature.

“With the success of UPI in a dynamic market like India we are excited to further our vision to transform the digital payments landscape globally,” he added.

NIPL was incorporated in 2020 for deployment of NPCI’s real-time payment system – UPI and Card Payment Network – RuPay, outside of India.

NIPL offers countries technological assistance through licensing, consulting for building real-time payment system to meet the rapidly evolving need of fast-growing global businesses.

The firm is focused on transforming payments across the globe with the use of technology and innovation.

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