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India’s State-Led Payment Network Is Growing. Now India Wants to Export It


A surge in e-commerce and declining cash usage during the COVID-19 pandemic have boosted India’s state-led shared payments infrastructure.

According to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), the nation will have processed over $425 billion in commerce by the end of this year. Emboldened by growth and eyeing expansion, the United Payments Interface’s (UPI) umbrella organization is thinking about exporting the model to other countries. 

Developed under state guidance and regulated by the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India, the payments interface began as part of the larger India Stack project, which pooled application programming interfaces (APIs) that could be used by public and private actors to build digital infrastructure. 

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