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Global cashless transactions are projected to grow at approximately a 16% CAGR between 2023 and 2026

Global cashless transactions are projected to grow at approximately a 16% CAGR between 2023 and 2026, surpassing a two trillion mark in volume.

The latest publication from Hamburg-based desk research company yStats.com, titled “Global Digital Payment Forecasts 2023-2027,” shares insights into the digital payment market development, latest trends, and global forecasts, including the developments post-pandemic. The publication reveals that real-time payments are on the rise in almost every region worldwide.

Asia-Pacific continues to be the largest contributor to the global non-cash transaction volume

The global digital payment industry has embraced a new normal, with many individuals opting for digital payments over cash. While non-cash transactions were particularly prevalent in many regions during the pandemic, the adoption of these payment methods is expected to continue increasing, as revealed in the new yStats.com publication. Global cashless transactions are projected to grow at an approximate 16% CAGR between 2023 and 2026, with Asia-Pacific expected to lead in these numbers. This region already had a well-established non-cash payment market before 2023, and over the next four years, these figures are projected to steadily rise.

Egypt is forecasted to display one of the most significant growths in real-time payment transactions

By 2030, the global digital payments market is expected to more than double in size, signaling a continuous shift towards digital payments worldwide, according to the new yStats.com report. With the declining use of cash, more and more individuals are turning to real-time payments as a digital alternative. In 2022, India led the way in the real-time payment market, with forecasts suggesting nearly a tripling of growth by 2027. In the global ranking of real-time payment markets, Brazil secured the second position in 2022, with an expected CAGR of over 30% by 2027, nearly quadrupling its transaction volume. China held the third position in 2022, with a projected low double-digit CAGR by 2027.

Concerning the growth of real-time payments markets, Latin American countries such as Argentina and Colombia are expected to experience significant growth by 2027, displaying a mid-range double-digit CAGR for both nations. However, the leader in market growth by 2027 is anticipated to be Egypt, transitioning from single-digit million real-time payment transactions in 2022 to high triple-digit million transactions by 2027, exhibiting a triple-digit CAGR. This is not surprising, considering that real-time payments in the MEA (Middle East and Africa) and Southeast Asia regions accounted for nearly three-quarters of total electronic payments in the region, with this share projected to further increase until 2027, surpassing three-quarters.