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India’s UPI is now accepted in Nepal

11 Mar 2024 - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}      

NPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL), the international arm of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and Fonepay Payment Service Ltd, Nepal’s payment network, have announced that Unified Payment Interface (UPI) is now live for cross-border transactions between India and Nepal.

Following the unveiling event at Global Fintech Fest 2023 in India in September, both entities arenow fully operational and ready to facilitate QR-code-based person-to-merchant (P2M) UPItransactions between the two countries. 

In its first phase, this partnership will enable Indianconsumers to make instant, secure and convenient UPI payments across various business storesin Nepal by using UPI-enabled Apps.

Merchants acquired by the participating members ofFonepay Network can seamlessly accept UPI payments from Indian customers. 

This digital connection serves to reinforce the deep-rooted people-to-people ties between theneighbouring nations – India and Nepal. 

The integration of payment systems by NIPL andFonepay marks a revolutionary shift in cross-border transactions between citizens of bothcountries, ushering in a new era of convenience and efficiency.

This milestone not only signifiesa successful partnership between two payment system operators but also symbolizes a new eraof digital connection and collaboration between the two friendly nations. 

Speaking on the development, Ritesh Shukla, Chief Executive Officer of NIPL, said, “Weare elated to join hands with Fonepay to enable UPI payments in Nepal. This initiative not onlysignifies our commitment to innovating the digital payments space but also reflects our dedicationto creating new avenues for trade, strengthening the bond between the two nations. We envisionthis partnership as a catalyst for greater financial inclusion and economic prosperity in the region,and we are excited to embark on this journey of transformation together.” 

Expressing his confidence in the transformative impact of this innovative service, Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Fonepay, Diwas Kumar said, “I am confident that this cross-border paymentsolution will significantly improve economic ties, commerce, and tourism between the two nations,eventually promoting economic prosperity and progress. The seamless cross-border paymentsolution aligns with our commitment to drive digital economy to the greatest height, and weanticipate a positive ripple effect on both local and regional economies."