India Poised To Become One Of The Largest Digital Markets In World: Piyush Goyal

by Swarajya Staff - Sep 30, 2021 03:08 PM +05:30 IST
India Poised To Become One Of The Largest Digital Markets In World: Piyush GoyalUnion Minister Piyush Goyal

Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal on Thursday (30 September) said India is poised to become one of the largest digital markets in the world.

Addressing the second Global Fintech Fest-2021 through video conferencing, Goyal said, “At 87 Per Cent, India has the highest FinTech adoption rate in the world against the global average of 64 per cent”.

“As of May 2021, India’s United Payments Interface (UPI) has seen participation of 224 banks and recorded 2.6 billion transactions worth over $68 billion and the highest ever, more than 3.6 billion transactions, in August 2021,” said Shri Goyal.

“Over 2 trillion transactions were processed using the AePS (Aadhar-enabled payment system) last year,” he added.

The minister said India’s FinTech industry came to the rescue of people at the time of pandemic, by enabling them to carry out critical activities from the safety of their homes, particularly during the lockdown and the second wave of Covid, according to a Commerce Ministry release.

“As Prime Minister Modi says, ‘every crisis can be converted into an opportunity’, now citizens do not have to go to the banks, the banks have come to their homes and on their mobile phones,” he said.

Goyal said under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi India underwent a digital transformation in mission mode since he announced the Jan Dhan Yojana in his first Independence Day speech on assuming office, on 15 August 2014.

More than 2 crore accounts were opened under the scheme, which has been considered a world record, he said.

“JAM (Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile) trinity, besides DBT, has brought in transparency, integrity and timely delivery of financial benefits and services to India’s vast population," the minister said.

“JAM trinity has enabled India to leverage its technical capabilities for developing Fintech sector," he added.

The minister said under the National Broadband Mission soon every village in India will have high speed internet and this power can be leveraged to make India a Fintech Innovation Hub.

“I believe India is poised to become one of the largest digital markets with rapid expansion of mobile and internet networks. As India aims to become Aatmanirbhar, we want our industry and entrepreneurs to use local talent to produce globally marketable solutions, he said.

Goyal said FinTech today has the potential to bring investments for mobile apps, e-commerce stores and several other digital infrastructures.

“Investment inflow in the Fintech sector which has gone up to $10Bn since it started in 2016 has the huge potential to “Up the Game”, it will simultaneously enhance customer experience. Your strength will be augmented by the world’s third largest Startup ecosystem which is hungry for growth," said Goyal.

An interesting development is the emergence of embedded finance. The non-financial services sectors are also proactive in adopting FinTech solutions today.

“Our MSMEs have also rapidly adopted FinTech solutions whether for credit, payments, accounting & tax filing. Government has recently launched the Open Credit Enablement Network (OCEN) & Account Aggregator (AA) framework. These enable formal credit flow to the most vulnerable segments, especially particularly small businesses, brings Ease for financial institutions to reach large segments, by lowering distribution costs and now institutions can give smaller loans, with short repayment cycles," he said.

The Commerce Minister said India is today one of the fastest growing Fintech markets with more than 2,100 FinTechs.

“A lot of Indian Fintech markets are unicorns and India’s market is currently valued at $31 billion, and expected to grow to $84 billion by 2025,” he said.

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