German Minister Buys Veggies With UPI From Roadside in Bengaluru, “Fascinated”
Federal Minister for Digital and Transport in Germany Volker Wissing had the opportunity to personally test the ease of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) payments and was “fascinated” by the result. On Sunday, the German Embassy in India used X, formerly known as Twitter, to commend India’s digital infrastructure and dubbed it one of the nation’s success stories.
Mr Wissing was in Bengaluru to attend the G20 Digital Ministers Meeting on August 19. Earlier in July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India and France have agreed to use the UPI payment mechanism. The government annouced UPI transactions will be possible in France using Indian currency.
Videos and pictures showing Wissing making purchases and paying with UPI were published by the German embassy in India.
“One of India’s success stories is digital infrastructure,” stated the post’s caption. With UPI, anyone can complete transactions quickly. Indians utilize it in their millions. Wissing, the federal minister for digital and transportation, was able to personally see the ease of UPI payments and was immediately fascinated.
Reacting to the post, social media users thanked Mr Wissing for being a part of India’s digital economic revolution.
A user wrote, “Thank you for being part of India’s digital economic revolution. Keep sharing and using.”
“It will be a blessing for German merchants and shopgoers in Germany, which are struggling with cash-only transactions,” another user wrote.
“UPI goes Global! when is Germany joining the UPI platform?” asked one user.
Notably, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) is India’s fast payment system. It facilitates customers to make round-the-clock payments instantly. It uses a Virtual Payment Address (VPA) created by the customer.
Sri Lanka, UAE, and Singapore are the other countries taht have partnered with India on emerging fintech and payment solutions. Earlier in July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India and France have agreed to use the UPI payment mechanism.