4 in 5 have rolled out business continuity plans

'We urge firms to take this opportunity to future-proof their business, build up new capabilities'

4 in 5 have rolled out business continuity plans

Four in five fintech organisations in Singapore have implemented business continuity plans, based on a survey by Singapore FinTech Association (SFA), a non-profit organisation.

About half of employers surveyed said that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on their business.

The study also found that larger firms are coping better with the crisis as compared to smaller firms with less than 20 employees.

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In response to the survey findings, SFA will be working closely with the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and key ecosystem players like NTUC and e2i to address the main issues:

  • Saving jobs
    To bolster the government’s initiatives like the Jobs Support Scheme, SFA will be working with NTUC & e2i, to come up with targeted schemes to help companies better manage manpower as well as assist them to expand their capabilities through job redesign and upskilling of workers.
     
  • Lowering business cost
    SFA is currently in discussion with industry players like cloud service providers to further provide financial assistance during this challenging period.
     
  • Improving sales
    To help B2B firms ease their compliance burden and raise standards across the industry, SFA will be working with an external auditor to come up with a new self-assessment framework based on available guidelines, like the one by MAS. SFA will also help through virtual workshops and facilitate collaboration opportunities.
     
  • Stimulate funding
    SFA will work closely with MAS to help companies get funded through co-organising online events. SFA is also working with a few potential partners on a FinTech Relief Fund to address some of the short-term funding gaps. More will be announced on a later date.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has affected businesses across all sectors, FinTechs included,” said Chia Hock Lai, President of SFA. “We urge FinTechs to take this opportunity to future-proof their business, build up new capabilities and seize new opportunities during this period.”

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