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Mastercard to increase its investments in India

Seeing India as a growing e-commerce nation, Mastercard’s Sam Ahmed said that it would increase its investments in the country. He also mentioned how Mastercard had already grown by 30 percent in the last two years in India.

  • Published: January 30, 2017 2:45 PM IST

Identifying India as one of the “fastest” growing e-commerce nations, a leading global credit card company has said it will increase its investments in the country where it has already grown by 30 percent in the last two years. Also Read - Xiaomi Mi Band 4 with NFC coming out of China with Mastercard support

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“India is one of the top priorities in the region. We have increased our investments in India by over 30 percent in the last two years and we are going to increase it even more,” Sam Ahmed, Mastercard‘s senior vice-president of marketing for Asia Pacific, told here. Ahmed indicated that the company’s investment plans were in line with the Indian government’s “digital India” initiative and would help Indian consumers in digital payments in their daily lives.

He said the company was looking at a number of digital payment innovations which were to be launched in India in future including face recognition, Masterpass and other online payment methods. He said mobile penetration in India was the highest and termed it as the key to get the users’ access to such digital payment innovations. Commenting on the flow of investments in India, Ahmed said the company was keen to support the digitization move to help consumers understand about it. ALSO READ: MasterCard partners Pine Labs to add 26,000 contactless terminals in India

The investments will also be channelized towards the digital and e-commerce engine giving consumers what they need. We are planning to do this by partnering with small businesses and merchants and outbound travelers, he said. The company is eyeing to tap movie launches and sponsoring local sports as a part of its marketing campaigns. “Movies are such a passion in India. The area we are looking at is movie launches,” Ahmed said. Currently, the company has veteran Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor and his daughter Sonam Kapoor as its Brand ambassadors. ALSO READ: Mastercard launches QR code-based mobile payments solution in India

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  • Published Date: January 30, 2017 2:45 PM IST



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