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, ESG, ACRA and ABS affirmed the industry efforts to enhance commodity financing standards in Singapore. Banks are taking a collaborative approach to develop a set of best practices for the commodities industry and will be consulting the trading companies. This will strengthen Singapore’s resilience, relevance and competitiveness as a global commodities trading hub.
MAS said today that Wirecard entities in Singapore (“Wirecard”) have complied with MAS’ directions to hold customers’ funds in segregated accounts with banks in Singapore. MAS is closely monitoring the operations of Wirecard.
MAS today issued a set of three consultation papers on its proposed Guidelines on Environmental Risk Management (Guidelines) for banks, insurers and asset managers.
This consultation sets out MAS' proposed Guidelines on Environmental Risk Management for all insurers. MAS is proposing to issue the Guidelines to enhance financial institutions' resilience to and management of environmental risk.
This consultation sets out MAS’ proposed Guidelines on Environmental Risk Management for all fund management companies and real estate investment trust managers. MAS is proposing to issue the Guidelines to enhance financial institutions’ resilience to and management of environmental risk.