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13 Fintech Giants Again Programme Sirius to Promote MSME Sustainability in APAC

13 Fintech Giants Back Programme Sirius to Promote MSME Sustainability in APAC

by Fintech Information Singapore

March 27, 2024

Programme Sirius has been launched to help Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) within the Asia-Pacific area on their path in direction of sustainability.

With the backing of 13 fintech trade leaders from 11 economies, the programme goals to bolster MSMEs’ efforts in aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Growth Targets by enhancing their sustainability practices by way of digital platforms.

These companions embrace: AlipayHK (Hong Kong SAR, China), ANEXT Financial institution (Singapore), BigPay (Malaysia), bKash (Bangladesh), DANA (Indonesia), GCash (the Philippines), Hipay (Mongolia), Kakao Pay (Republic of Korea), MPay (Macao SAR, China), TNG Digital (Malaysia), TossPay (Republic of Korea), TrueMoney (Thailand), and Zalopay (Vietnam).

The initiative is designed to be a knowledge-sharing platform, encouraging dialogue amongst trade stakeholders on sustainable practices and improvements.

By facilitating exchanges of concepts and greatest practices, Programme Sirius intends to assist MSMEs undertake environmentally pleasant operations, acquire entry to sustainability financing, and discover new development avenues in a low-carbon economic system.

In collaboration with the Worldwide Finance Company (IFC) and Ant Worldwide, Programme Sirius will introduce Digital Sustainability Influence Administration Toolkits.

These instruments are aimed toward enhancing MSMEs’ skill to implement eco-friendly practices and entry sustainable finance by way of digital means.

Moreover, the Financial Authority of Singapore‘s Gprnt initiative, in partnership with Ant Worldwide, will supply technology-enabled options for MSMEs to start reporting on fundamental Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) metrics.

This effort is predicted to enhance MSMEs’ entry to sustainable enterprise and finance alternatives by leveraging knowledge and know-how.

The launch occasion noticed commitments from 13 trade companions, representing a collective effort to handle the sustainability challenges confronted by MSMEs.

These companies, which represent a good portion of worldwide employment and financial exercise, typically battle with the complexities of sustainability reporting resulting from restricted assets and the excessive prices related to adopting technological options.

With the rising stress from multinational corporations to cut back their carbon footprint and the corresponding expectations positioned on suppliers, MSMEs stand to realize a aggressive benefit by embracing sustainable practices.

Programme Sirius will invite a gaggle of trade contributors, particularly main e-wallets gamers and monetary establishments in Asia to collectively promote the MSME sustainability efforts.

Sopnendu Mohanty

Sopnendu Mohanty

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer, Financial Authority of Singapore mentioned,

“The MAS is happy to help Programme Sirius by leveraging its work on Mission Savannah, which articulates a typical start line for MSMEs to report fundamental ESG info; and thru the involvement of the newly established Gprnt platform, which harnesses know-how and automation to simplify how MSMEs report such info.


We sit up for Programme Sirius bringing collectively international monetary establishments and cost suppliers, to collectively energy extra inclusive and sustainable development for MSMEs around the globe.”

Leiming Chen

Leiming Chen

Leiming Chen, Chief Sustainability Officer, Ant Worldwide mentioned,

“Given the complexities of the duty, starting from taxonomy and governance framework to value and schooling, it requires collective effort throughout private and non-private sectors, industries, and markets to drive this variation.


With our expertise in innovation-led sustainability and MSME packages, Ant Worldwide is proud to affix companions just like the Gprnt and IFC, and different trade companions of the Programme Sirius like GCash to unlock alternatives for MSMEs as they rework to develop into extra sustainable.”



Featured picture: APAC companions on the launch of Programme Sirius



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