Digital payment volumes set to grow at 20% per annum; initiatives by RBI, Central and state govts to help achieve target

  • China has established itself as a leader in digital payments the worldover in the last few years

  • India has not been so successful in attempts to reduce the reliance on cash which dominates the economy

  • The key drivers for mobile payments in India have been positive policy framework changes and government initiatives

Mumbai: Digital payment volumes in India are set to grow at over 20 percent each year over the next
four years, ahead of those in China as well, a report said on Thursday.

The progressive thinking of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Central and state governments, industry associations and payment enterprises will make this target achievable, the report by KPMG, a consultancy, said.

It can be noted that over the last few years, China has established itself as a leader in digital payments the
worldover in the last few years, while India has not been so successful in attempts to reduce the reliance on cash which dominates the economy.

 Digital payment volumes set to grow at 20% per annum; initiatives by RBI, Central and state govts to help achieve target

Representational image. AP

Earlier in the day, the RBI revealed that cash in circulation rose 17 percent — more than double the pace of GDP growth — to touch Rs 21 lakh crore in FY19.

"India is forecasted to see the fastest growth in digital payments transaction value between 2019 and 2023, with a CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) of 20.2 percent, ahead of China and the United States," the KPMG report said.

The key drivers for mobile payments in India have been positive policy framework changes and government initiatives like launch of new payments systems such as UPI, Aadhaar-linked electronic payments and improvement of the digital infrastructure, it said.

Globally, digital payments market size is expected to touch $10.07 trillion by 2026, it said.

The global growth will be fuelled majorly by emerging Asian countries, which are forecasted to grow by 28.8 percent till 2024, it said.

Updated Date: Aug 30, 2019 12:39:10 IST