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.
MAS has issued a second consultation on proposed revisions to its Guidelines on Business Continuity Management (BCM). This second consultation includes revisions to address feedback received from the first consultation published in 2019 and incorporates key learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic. It builds on the policy intent from the first consultation to further emphasise the need for financial institutions to take an end-to-end view in ensuring the continuous delivery of critical business services, and introduce principles and practices that financial institutions can implement to strengthen operational resilience. While this second consultation is on-going, financial institutions should continue to refer to the 2003 guidelines and supplementary guidance.
MAS is proposing amendments to the Appeals Regulations. Through these amendments, MAS is seeking to strengthen the appeal process by making it more efficient, fair and practical.
Read the Monetary Policy Statement for October 2021.
At the MAS 50th Anniversary Partners Appreciation Evening, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that MAS' approach of marrying caution with creativity, and its close cooperation with industry and public sector partners, has delivered economic and financial results for Singapore.
At MAS 50th Anniversary Partners Appreciation Evening, Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS, spoke about MAS’ critical role in Singapore’s economic development, and highlighted MAS’ close partnership with the financial industry.