MAS launches Financial Services Industry Transformation Map 2025
Singapore, 15 September 2022… Mr Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister and Minster for Finance, and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) Deputy Chairman, launched the today. The ITM 2025 lays out the growth strategies to further develop Singapore as a leading international financial centre in Asia – to connect global markets, support Asia’s development, and serve Singapore’s economy.
2. MAS projects the financial sector to grow by an average 4% to 5% per annum during 2021 – 2025 and create 3,000 – 4,000 net jobs on average each year.
3. The ITM comprises five key strategies:
a. Enhance Asset Class Strengths;
b. Digitalise Financial Infrastructure;
c. Catalyse Asia’s Net-Zero Transition;
d. Shape the Future of Financial Networks; and
e. Foster a Skilled and Adaptable Workforce.
Enhance Asset Class Strengths
4. MAS will work with the financial industry to deepen capabilities in asset classes in which Singapore plays a key regional or global role.
a. Foreign exchange – Broaden and deepen the electronic foreign exchange (FX) trading ecosystem by anchoring more FX platforms and liquidity takers.
b. Insurance – Catalyse insurance risk advisory and alternative risk transfer solutions for Asia, to address pandemic, climate, and cyber risks, and facilitate the participation of capital markets in risk financing.
c. Wealth management – Become Asia’s centre for philanthropy through building impact monitoring solutions, philanthropy advisory competencies, and innovative philanthropy models.
d. Asset management – Enhance the Variable Capital Company regime and other fund structures to cater to broader industry needs.
e. Private capital markets – Develop private credit to complement private equity and venture capital funding.
f. FinTech – Anchor promising FinTech start-ups in areas like Web 3.0, artificial intelligence, and green FinTech.
Digitalise Financial Infrastructure
5. MAS will promote the development of digital infrastructure and platforms.
a. Bond market infrastructure – Improve end-to-end efficiency in primary bond issuances, listing and settlement processes, and strengthen Singapore’s proposition as a bond issuance and listing venue of choice.
b. Funds settlement utility – Develop an industry funds settlement utility to centralise subscription, redemption, record-keeping workflows, and facilitate reconciliation of fund data flows, thereby reducing settlement time and improving efficiency.
c. SME trade discovery platform (Business-sans-Borders) – Launch a digital platform to connect small and medium enterprises (SMEs) across growth regions. This facilitates trade discovery and enables easier access to trade financing for participating SMEs.
Catalyse Asia’s Net-Zero Transition
6. To catalyse Asia’s transition towards net-zero, MAS is working with the industry to develop innovative solutions to scale up sustainable and transition financing.
a. Provide greater clarity on transition activities including through the development of an industry-led taxonomy for eight priority sectors.
b. Facilitate the decarbonisation of real economy sectors through appropriate financing solutions for corporates.
c. Enhance sustainability disclosures and build data utilities, such as Project GreenPrint, to facilitate companies’ sustainability disclosures and investors’ access to companies’ ESG data.
d. Provide S$100 million grant funding over 2021 – 2025 for capability building, green FinTech, climate risk and reinsurance, and solutions for sustainable and transition finance.
Shape the Future of Financial Networks
7. MAS aims to enhance payments connectivity and build an innovative and responsible digital asset ecosystem.
a. Expand cross-border payment linkages with regional economies (e.g. real-time payment linkages, Project Nexus
b. Explore potential of distributed ledger technology in promising use cases (e.g. cross-border payments, trade finance, and capital markets).
c. Support tokenisation of financial and real economy assets (e.g. Project Guardian
d. Enable digital currency connectivity (e.g. Project Orchid
Foster a Skilled and Adaptable Workforce
8. MAS and the Institute of Banking & Finance (IBF) will work closely with the financial industry and tripartite partners to foster a strong workforce.
9. The Financial Sector Development Fund will provide S$400 million grant funding to the Talent and Leaders in Finance programme over 2021 – 2025 to enable industry professionals to take up good jobs and advance in their careers.
a. Build workforce competencies in growth areas and provide training support for finance professionals at different stages of their careers.
b. Develop specialist talent in areas such as sustainability and technology.
c. Develop leaders through opportunities to acquire expertise, international exposure, and networks to help them succeed in their leadership roles.
ITM 2016 – 2020
As one of the 23 sectors identified by the Committee of the Future Economy, the Financial Services ITM was in 2017 with a strong focus on innovation and technology adoption and developing a world-class workforce. From 2016 to 2020, the financial services sector grew by an average of 5.7% per annum, exceeding the target of 4.3% per annum. The sector created an average of 4,100 net jobs each year, higher than the target of 3,000 net jobs per annum.
MAS announced the launch of the Transition Credits Coalition (TRACTION) and two pilot projects to test the use of high-integrity transition credits in transactions for the early retirement of coal-fired power plants.
MAS launched the Singapore-Asia Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance (Singapore-Asia Taxonomy) – which sets out detailed thresholds and criteria for defining green and transition activities that contribute to climate change mitigation across eight focus sectors.
The eighth edition of the Singapore FinTech Festival came to a close on 17 November 2023, drawing a record 66,000 participants, up from 62,000 attendees in 2022.