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Indian MSMEs rapidly adopting Fintech solutions for credit, payments, accounting & tax filing: Piyush Goyal

Addressing the 2nd Global Fintech Fest, Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, Piyush Goyal said that, India is one of the fastest growing Fintech markets with more than 2,100 FinTechs. “At 87%, India has the highest FinTech adoption rate in the world against the global average of 64%,” stated the Minister.

 

Speaking about MSMEs, he explained how rapidly the sector has 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.

 

 “As  of  May  2021, India?s  United  Payments  Interface  (UPI) has  seen  participation  of 224  banks  & recorded  2.6  billion transactions worth over USD 68 Bn and the highest ever, more than 3.6 Bn transactions, in Aug?21,” said Goyal. “Over 2 trillion transactions were processed using the AePS (Aadhar-enabled payment system) last year,” he added.

 

 He 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 & the 2nd wave of Covid.

Union Minister Goyal said, under the 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 15th August 2014. More than 2 crore accounts were opened under the scheme, which has been considered a world record/

 

 “JAM trinity, besides DBT, has brought in transparency, integrity and timely delivery of financial benefits and services to

 India?s vast population. “JAM trinity has enabled India to leverage its technical capabilities for developing Fintech sector, added Minister Goyal.

 

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 & internet networks. As India aims to become Aatmanirbhar, we want our industry & entrepreneurs to use local talent to produce globally marketable solutions, he said.

 

Commerce Minister Goyal said, FinTech today has the potential to bring investments for mobile apps, e-commerce stores & 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  3rd largest Startup ecosystem which is hungry for growth.”

 

Union Minister Goyal said that with the expansion of their value chains, we need to consume more and more FinTech services will grow proportionally.

 

 “A lot of Indian Fintech markets are unicorns and India?s market is currently valued at USD 31 Bn, and expected to grow

 to USD 84 Bn by 2025,” he added.