E-Payments

Learn more about the state of the electronic payments eco-system in Singapore, and MAS' strategies and initiatives to make Singapore an e-payments society.

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.

View our e-payments journey (3.45 MB)

"Our vision is to make Singapore an electronic payments society ... An e-payments society will be inclusive, innovative, and perhaps, even inspiring."
Ravi Menon, former Managing Director, Monetary Authority of Singapore

Key Speeches

MAS has outlined our e-payments vision and our progress over the years. Key speeches include :
  • "Powering the Next Stage of Singapore FinTech"
    Speech by Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director, MAS, at Singapore FinTech Festival The Green Shoots Series – Leading Through a Crisis: Up Close and Personal with Mr Ravi Menon, on 13 August 2020
  • "E-Payments for Everyone"
    Keynote Speech by Mr Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and MAS' Board Member, at the 45th Annual Dinner of The Association of Banks in Singapore on 20 June 2018

  • "An Electronic Payments Society"
    Keynote Address by Mr Ravi Menon, Managing Director of MAS, at the Sim Kee Boon Institute Conference on FinTech and Financial Inclusion on 26 November 2016

Singapore Payments Roadmap

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.

Singapore Payments Roadmap (1.32 MB)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.

Building on the Singapore Payments Roadmap recommendations, MAS formed the Payments Council 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. 

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