Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR)
Read more about a common QR Code that will accept e-payments by both domestic and international payment schemes, e-wallets, and banks. SGQR has been deployed throughout Singapore since 2018.
Electronic payments (e-payments) have been around for many years, from the introduction of GIRO in 1984, to FAST and e-wallets for mobile phones today. E-payments are a convenient alternative to the use of cash and cheques as payment modes. They offer consumers a swift and efficient way to pay, and help businesses to enhance productivity.
As part of the Smart Nation vision to harness technology and improve people's lives, MAS seeks to create a Smart Financial Centre, where innovation is pervasive, and FinTech is used widely. E-payments are a key component of a Smart Financial Centre agenda. MAS' vision is to create an e-payments society, where not only convenience thrives, but also competition and innovation.
MAS formulates policies, develops strategies and infrastructure, and collaborates with the industry to ensure a competitive and innovative payments ecosystem that is safe and secure. MAS seeks to foster an inclusive e-payments society by making e-payments easy to use and accessible to everyone.
The is a collaborative effort by MAS and KPMG to study Singapore’s payment landscape. The study surveyed more than 2,500 stakeholders in Singapore’s payment ecosystem and internationally to understand the current state of how consumers and businesses make payments. The study identified key recommendations and strategies to promote e-payments in Singapore. (1.32 MB)
Building on the Singapore Payments Roadmap recommendations, MAS formed the to drive the adoption of e-payments, and foster innovation and collaboration in the industry. The Payments Council is headed by MAS' Managing Director, Mr. Ravi Menon, and comprises leaders from banks, payment service providers, businesses, and trade associations.
Parliament passed the new Payment Services Act (PS Act) in January 2019 to unify and streamline the regulatory requirements for various payment services in Singapore, including e-payments. The PS Act adopts a modular and risk-focused approach to tailor MAS’ rules according the scope and risks of each payment service. This gives MAS the flexibility to respond quickly to the fast changing payments landscape, and preserves stability while facilitating the innovation and growth of e-payments in Singapore.
UPOS terminals allow consumers to make retail payments through a single interface that accepts all major debit and credit card brands, including those that are contactless or embedded in smartphones, via a unified point-of-sale terminal. UPOS terminals have been widely deployed in Singapore since 2017.
Singapore, 9 April 2020... The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) urges individuals and businesses to use digital financial services and e-payments, and minimise visits to the premises of financial institutions (FIs). This will contribute to the effectiveness of the elevated safe distancing measures announced by the...
MAS announced that it will extend the assessment period for the award of digital bank licences in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Successful applicants will be informed in 2H 2020 instead of June 2020 as originally intended.
In response to a letter in The Business Times calling for short sell trades of any size on SGX to be published within 24 hours, MAS and SGX clarified that information on short sell trades and outstanding short positions are currently published on both parties’ websites according to existing rules.
MAS announced a S$125 million support package to sustain and strengthen capabilities in the financial services and FinTech sectors amid the current economic slump.
In response to a letter in The Straits Times calling on MAS to impose regulations pertaining to sales practices for investment products sold by banks to consumers, specifically by having a cooling-off period, MAS said this is covered by existing rules on sales practices under the Financial Advisers Act (FAA). MAS added that it has and will take supervisory actions against financial institutions and their representatives who fail to comply with these rules.