IBEF: September 15, 2021
The central banks of India and Singapore announced that they will integrate their digital payment systems for “instant, low-cost cash transactions,” with the project expected to be completed by July 2022.
The Indian central bank stated in a press statement that linking the Reserve Bank's Unified Payments Interface (UPI) with the Monetary Authority of Singapore's will be a “milestone in the building of infrastructure for cross-border payments.” Users will not need to be “onboarded” into any payment system because the relationship will be reciprocal.
In August, India's primary payment network, UPI, which enables both person-to-person and person-to-merchant payments, registered more than 3 billion transactions for the second month in a row. It was first released in 2016, and its popularity skyrocketed after the Covid-19 pandemic.
PayNow is a peer-to-peer payments transfer service that allows users in Singapore to send and receive money instantly from one bank or e-wallet account to another.
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