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NETS Group to Collaborate & Co-Develop QR Payment Expertise with Myanmar Payment Union

First project under the joint Payment Technology Exchange & Development Programme will see NETS Group sharing SGQR Central Repository technical expertise with MPU

Singapore, 29 April, 2019 – The NETS Group today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Myanmar’s national payment network to establish a Payment Technology Exchange & Development Programme.

The first project under the Programme will see NETS sharing its technical and operational knowledge around the Singapore Quick Response (SGQR) Central Repository platform with MPU with a view to implementing a similar platform in Myanmar.

Launched in September 2018 by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority, the Singapore Quick Response Code (SGQR) is the world’s first unified payment system for QR codes that combines multiple QR payment codes such as PayNow and NETS QR into a single QR code. With the consolidation of QR codes, merchants only need to display a single SGQR label instead of having multiple QR codes, cutting clutter on the store front and enabling quicker payments processing.

The NETS Group owns and operates the SGQR Central Repository platform which provides an onboarding solution to enable these multiple QR codes from different payment schemes to be consolidated under a single SGQR label.

Jeffrey Goh, NETS Group CEO said, “Myanmar’s financial services sector is at the cusp of accelerated growth as a result of the government’s recent liberalisation of the banking industry. We are privileged to be able to share our experience and knowledge with MPU as they roll out innovative services to help grow the financial services sector into a key pillar of their economy.”

Zaw Lin Htut, CEO of MPU said, “Myanmar’s digital payment has gradually developed with the explosive growth of mobile and internet penetration that lead a major impact to our financial services sector. The QR code payment technology is the best way to make easier payment and a convenient way to access the financial services for the people (especially unbanked) in Myanmar and we are very pleased to work with the NETS Group – a Leading Payment Service Provider in Singapore - for sharing their technical expertise and operational knowledge with us.”