United Overseas Bank (UOB) announced on February 12 that its allocation of S$3 billion to provide companies, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in Singapore with relief assistance to tide over the negative impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their business. In the...
Singapore SMEs are looking to invest in business transformation despite expectations of a soft economic environment outlook in the next six months, together with lower turnover and profitability.  The SBF-DP SME Index (the Index) has seen a dip from 50.7 to 50.4 this quarter,...
A new report by S&P Global Ratings has indicated that embracing financial technology (fintech) and the innovations it heralds will improve the long-term competiveness of Singapore's banking industry.According to the report titled "Singapore banks must adapt to fintech or lose out", the global rating agency's credit analyst...
DBS announced on 3 April that it will introduce a third round of liquidity relief measures to help individuals and SMEs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures closely follow the guidelines as set out in the relief package for borrowers announced by the Monetary Authority of...
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on 28 May that the first phase of the Veritas initiative - a framework for financial institutions to promote the responsible adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics (AIDA) - will commence with the development of fairness metrics in credit...
Tax procedures and policies can often be difficult for the average small business to navigate. The Singapore government has deployed considerable personnel as well as technological resources to make the SME's tax filing procedures less cumbersome over the years. In this interview, we talk...
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has received $12.6 million of funding for 2018 to 2020 from the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) to generate more resources for Sri Lankan women-led businesses. The grant—one of three awarded under the inaugural call for proposals—enhances ADB’s support...
To further support tourism businesses during the circuit breaker and to give them a headstart for recovery, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has rolled out several new initiatives to help them engage their customers, strengthen their business foundations and deepen their manpower capabilities. For travel agents, there...
A study conducted by Microsoft Asia and IDC Asia/Pacific released findings which found that that organizations with AI expect to see 41% improvement in competitiveness in three years. The study also found that more than half (52%) of organisations within the region’s Financial Services...
Maybank and Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) have jointly launched SME Clean Loan/ Financing Plus, a hybrid loan facility which combines Overdraft and Term loan to assist SMEs in their cash flow management during these trying times. The SME Clean Loan/Financing Plus consists of a...