IAS Gyan

Daily News Analysis


20th July, 2023 International Relations

Disclaimer: Copyright infringement not intended.


  • DG UPU, Masahiko Metoki, visited India to attend the inauguration of the UPU Regional Office. During his visit, he met with Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Minister of Communications, Electronics, and IT.
  • The UPU will evaluate the potential of integrating UPI with cross-border remittances using the global postal network

Integrating UPI with Cross-Border Remittances

  • This integration aims to facilitate seamless and secure money transfers between countries through postal channels.
  • By leveraging UPI's efficient and real-time payment system, cross-border remittances can become quicker and more accessible.

The Significance of UPI-UPU Integration

  • Faster and Real-Time Transactions: UPI's real-time payment system ensures quick and efficient money transfers.
  • Greater Financial Inclusion: Postal channels can extend financial services to unbanked and underbanked populations.
  • Secure and Reliable: UPI's robust security measures and the trusted global postal network ensure safe remittances.
  • Ease of Use: Users can send and receive money internationally using familiar UPI interfaces and mobile apps.

Universal Postal Union (UPU)

  • UPU is a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates and regulates international postal services worldwide.
  • It was established in 1874 and has its headquarters in Bern, Switzerland.
  • UPU's main objective is to promote and develop international postal services, foster collaboration among member countries, and ensure the free flow of mail across borders.

Unified Payment Interface (UPI)

  • UPI is a real-time payment system developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI).
  • It allows instant money transfers between banks through mobile devices with the help of the UPI app.
  • UPI has revolutionized the digital payment ecosystem in India, making transactions easier and more convenient for users.


The evaluation of integrating UPI with cross-border remittances using the UPU's global postal network represents a significant step towards enhancing international payment systems and fostering financial inclusion. This collaboration between UPI and UPU has the potential to revolutionize cross-border money transfers and contribute to the growth of digital financial services globally 

Must Read Articles:



Q. How many of the following statements about the Universal Postal Union (UPU) is correct?

1. UPU is a regional organization formed to promote cooperation among Asian countries' postal services.

2. UPU was established in 1945 to regulate global postal services and ensure secure electronic communications.

3. UPU sets international standards for addressing formats, but it does not regulate postage rates.

4. UPU's headquarters is located in Bern, Switzerland, and it facilitates cooperation among postal services worldwide.

Select the correct option:

A) Only 1

B) Only 2

C) Only 3

D) None