The Western Union Company has updated the WU GlobalPay for students platform, which enables academic institutions to manage payments from international students.
Western Union made the announcement at Money 2020 Europe in Copenhagen where three of its leading executives are speaking this week on WU’s role in fintech movement and innovation in the international payments digital world.
The platform was developed with the involvement of international students who gave insight for improving the overall payer experience. The mobile-first user interface offers real-time payment tracking for online bank transfers and credit card payments.
Furthermore, the solution supports different online payment options in over 30 countries, including Geoswift (Unionpay, Tenpay & AliPay), POLIpayments, India Net Banking, Trustly and SOFORT.
Payments and remittances startups account for the majority of Africa’s over 300 fintech startups, though blockchain companies are the more likely to secure funding.
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Wirecard has announced an agreement with Weizmann Forex, Western Union`s agent in India, to provide money transfers in India.
The service will be released to thousands of locations across all major cities and districts in India, as a part of the 150,000-strong SmartShop agent network of Wirecard in India. These agents provide access to financial services and retail-assisted ecommerce to people who do not have internet access, smartphones or bank accounts.
Through the SmartShop agent network, people will be able to receive remittances from Western Union even in rural areas of India, immediately after the money has been wired by the sender. Locations that the company is adding Western Union Money Transfer services to will also include travel agencies, foreign exchange houses and locations that currently focus on domestic remittances.
According to PR Newswire, India’s digital payments market is expected to more than double to reach USD 470 billion by 2020, making India the world’s largest recipient of remittances (World Bank estimates approximately USD 62.7 billion had been sent to India in 2016).