Singapore: E-payment for e-govt services via d2pay

DBS Bank will launch its d2pay electronic payment system, to let Singapore surfers make direct debit payments for online transactions on the e-citizen site.

SINGAPORE--Singaporeans have been able to access and use government services online since the e-citizen portal was launched last year. However, until now, they have still had to pay for the electronic transactions in the Old Economy way. By next month, though, every step of the transaction, including payment, will be brought online.

DBS Bank will launch its d2pay electronic payment system, to let surfers make direct debit payments for online transactions on the e-citizen site.

Singaporeans will be able to apply for birth certificates, HDB parking and television licenses in one online session, as well as pay their summonses. In the past, these services had to be settled by credit card, cheque, GIRO or pre-paid cashcard.

The d2payment will be introduced in stages, but it will be available to all government agencies by next year.

DBS expects the new service to add another 80,000 customers to its Internet banking service. It currently has 270,000 users.

DBS e-business managing director Bastari Irwan told The Straits Times that the new system's advantage is that "you don't have to issue paper cheques. You don't need a credit card. All you need is a DBS bank account. d2pay gives you more control than GIRO."

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