WhatsApp to launch its digital payment service in India

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Instant messaging app WhatsApp, owned by Facebook Inc, is planning to launch digital payment services in India, it’s first such offering globally, and has advertised to recruit a digital transactions’ lead for the country.

WhatsApp is working to launch person-to-person payments in India in the next six months, reported the LiveMint.

A job advertisement on WhatsApp’s website reads that it is looking for a candidate from a technical and financial background – who has an understanding on India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) and the BHIM payments app that enable money transfers and merchant payments using mobile numbers – to be its digital transactions lead for the country.

“India is an important country for WhatsApp, and we’re understanding how we can contribute more to the vision of Digital India,” said WhatsApp.

“We’re exploring how we might work with companies that share this vision and continuing to listen closely to feedback from our users,” it added.

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