India, Singapore announce project to link UPI and PayNow
The UPI-PayNow linkage will enable users to make instant, low-cost fund transfers without the need to go on to the other payment system
September 14, 2021 / 10:34 AM IST
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has tied up with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to link its Unified Payments Interface (UPI) with Singapore’s PayNow for instant money transfer, the Indian central bank said on September 14.
The linking, which will be operationalised by July 2022, will enable users to make instant, low-cost fund transfers on a reciprocal basis without the need to onboard onto the other payment system, the RBI said.
“The UPI-PayNow linkage is a significant milestone in the development of infrastructure for cross-border payments between India and Singapore, and closely aligns with the G20’s financial inclusion priorities of driving faster, cheaper and more transparent cross-border payments,” the RBI said.
PayNow enables peer-to-peer funds transfer service and is available to retail customers through participating banks and non-bank financial institutions (NFIs) in Singapore.
It allows users to send and receive funds from a bank or an e-wallet account by using just a mobile number, Singapore NRIC/FIN, or VPA (virtual payment address), the RBI said.
The UPI-PayNow tie-up builds upon the earlier efforts of NPCI International Private Limited and Network for Electronic Transfers to foster cross-border interoperability of payments using cards and QR codes between India and Singapore and, the RBI said. It will further anchor trade, travel and remittance flows between the two countries.
The initiative is also in line with its vision of reviewing corridors and charges for inbound cross-border remittances outlined in the Payment Systems Vision Document 2019-2, the RBI said.
UPI is India’s mobile based fast payment system that allows customers to make round-the-clock payments instantly using a VPA created by the customer.
“This eliminates the risk of sharing bank account details by the remitter. UPI supports both Person to Person and Person to Merchant payments as also it enables a user to send or receive money,” the RBI said.