Digital Payments Set to Become a Trillion-Dollar Market in Next Five Years: NITI Aayog (Download PDF)


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Digital payments market in India is expected to grow to US $1 trillion by 2023 led by growth in mobile payments, presenting huge business opportunities for players in digital space.

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  • Mobile payments are slated to rise from $10 billion in 2017 - 18 to $190 billion by 2023.
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  • Estimates are based on study of Credit Suisse. They are mentioned in booklet titled ‘Digital Payment: Trends, Issues and Opportunities’, launched by NITI Aayog and EACPM, at conference organized by FICCI & NITI Aayog.
  • This is 2nd annual edition of booklet on Digital Payments which was published in July 2017.

Key Messages of Booklet on Digital Payments Are:

  • Growth momentum of Digital Payments in Volume & Value sustained post Demonetization

  • Spectacular Growth in New Products like UPI

  • Steps taken to bring in New Regulatory Regime as per Watal Committee Report

  • RBI has taken 4 key initiatives to usher in new era of Digital Payments

  • World of Opportunities ahead for Fintech Players

Growth Trends in Digital Payments as Mentioned in Booklet as Follows:

  • Digital payments clocked robust growth in 2017 - 18 both in volume & value terms

  • In volume terms, growth during year was much higher than trend growth rate during 2011 - 16

  • Growth in total retail payments in value terms has seen 3-fold increase than trend rate of last 5 years

  • Unified Payments Service (UPI) & Immediate Payment Service (IMPS) segments in terms of volume registered spectacular growth during 2017 - 18. UPI, despite being new product in payment segment, has shown great adoption rate among consumers & merchants.

  • Total card payments continued its growth momentum & exceeded trend growth rate of last 5 years both in volume & value terms.

Background on Digital Payment: Trends, Issues and Opportunities

  • Analysis of growth trends is based on both MeitY & RBI data. While MeitY data provides volume data in public domain, RBI provides both volume & value data in public domain. Note on Data Sources is covered in booklet which gives comparative picture of data sets captured by MeitY & RBI.

  • New features of this booklet cover areas of Policy Developments, Global Trends & Opportunities.

  • Principal Advisor of NITI Aayog shared initiative taken by NITI Aayog in collaboration w/Ministry of Human Resource Development under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) Scheme.

  • NITI Aayog has initiated short-term course on Digital Payments. This course was held at Mangalore University from 23rd to 27th July 2018.

  • Proposed changes in regulatory framework, entry of global giants & advancement of technology will drive future growth of Digital Payments in Country.

Global Initiative of Academic Networks

  • Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education is new Govt. scheme that aims to increase footfalls of reputed international faculty to Indian academic institutes; & thereby bring in international academic excellence in India’s higher education institutions.

  • This programme was initially conceptualized as Indo-US collaboration but was later its scope was extended.

  • Programme is initially to be confined to IITs, IIMs, NITs & some central universities with ‘A’ Grade.

- Published/Last Modified on: October 22, 2018


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