Barclays mobile-based remittance service for India-uk

Written by Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Updated: Aug 11 2014, 07:10am hrs
To tap into the growing remittances between England and India, British lender Barclays has launched a special mobile payment service between the two nations, which allows even non-Barclays customers to transfer money with ease.

For Britain, India is the single largest remittance market with volumes crossing 2.5 billion pounds in 2013, which is around 7% of the total forex remittances that India received in the year.

Named Barclays Pingit, this mobile payment service allows users in Britain to send quick and easy payments using just a mobile number to anyone in India--the largest recipient of remittances in the world for many

years now.

"This is a first as neither the sender nor the recipient needs to be a Barclays customer," said Barclays chief executive for personal and corporate banking Ashok Vaswani.

There are over 1.5 million Indians or persons of Indian origin in the island nation, which also gets over 1 million Indian students and visitors per annum.