Bankbazaar Singapore – 20, December 2017
The Singapore Government has decided to extend the deadline for complete transition to CorpPass login for businesses seeking access to online government services from December 2017 to the third quarter of 2018. This was publicly announced by the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) on Monday.
Starting Q3 2018, it will be made mandatory for corporate and other local entities with Unique Entity Numbers (UEN) to use their CorpPass digital identity to access over 130 digital services offered and administered by close to 50 government agencies. The services offered by IRAS can also be accessed with the help of CorpPass login.
The CorpPass sign-in will be made available to foreign entities operating in Singapore from 2018 and can be used for select online government-to-business transactions.
The government agency has made it clear that local entities without UEN can continue to carry out online transactions with the government using their SingPass sign-in details even beyond Q3 2018.
Businesses with UEN that are yet to register for CorpPass and are reliant on SingPass or EASY, have been urged by the government to do so at the earliest. These login methods will be invalidated by the second-last quarter of 2018.
GovTech has also noted in its press release that more than 80% of the businesses eligible for CorpPass access have already made the transition. They have already realised the convenience of using the system.
By its estimate, more than 250,000 active businesses would be using CorpPass for their online G2B transactions by the time it becomes mandatory.
Chan Cheow Hoe, Government Chief Information Officer for GovTech, has urged the remaining companies to make the transition quickly. It is believed that CorpPass would offer greater security to companies, and address privacy and security concerns of employees who often had to share their personal SingPass login details with their colleagues for carrying out business transactions. It also offers better administrative control and internal visibility to business administrators.
Koh Juan Kiat, Executive Director of Singapore National Employers Federation, has welcomed the move and has also assured the government of the continued support of his organisation. He has pledged direct participation in raising awareness for the move.
The government is hopeful that a more secured digital ecosystem would create operational efficiencies for businesses, ranging from multinationals to SMEs, when transacting with the government. Early users have found the system user-friendly and have given their approval for the same.