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OneSME cross-border digital trade platform launches to enable local SMEs to access new markets, transcend borders and transact securely

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September 28 2020
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OneSME cross-border digital trade platform launches to enable local SMEs to access new markets, transcend borders and transact securely

  • Officially launched by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of National Development, OneSME is one of eight initiatives under the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative
  • Built and operated by OneConnect, OneSME lets SMEs access new markets, transact securely and thrive in an ecosystem
  • Singapore SMEs will be connected with a buyer base of four million Chinese SMEs
  • Maiden partners on OneSME ecosystem include UOB as the first financial services partner, Bizmann System,, GeTS (Global eTrade Services), Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), IPOS International, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI), and OneConnect YiQiYe
  • More than 100 local SME representatives attended OneConnect’s complimentary workshop to pick up new digital skills on selling effectively using live-streaming

Singapore, 28 September 2020 – Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Singapore and China can look forward to a seamless cross-border digital trade platform with the launch of OneSME by Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information, and Ministry of National Development today. A joint initiative by OneConnect Financial Technology (Singapore) Co. Pte. Ltd., a subsidiary of OneConnect Financial Technology Co., Ltd. (NYSE: OCFT), the leading technology-as-a-service platform provider, and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), OneSME will serve as an all-inclusive digital hub to address SMEs’ needs to expand their business overseas in the digital economy which has become more crucial amidst the global pandemic situation. OneSME is developed and operated by OneConnect to provide digital connectivity for SMEs to transcend borders, transact securely across markets overseas, and leverage an ecosystem of services.

OneSME (previously termed as “Asian SME Hub”) is one of the initiatives under the Singapore-China (Shenzhen) Smart City Initiative (SCI) where eight memorandums of understanding (MOUs) were signed during its first Joint Implementation Committee (JIC) meeting held virtually in June 2020 – a move aimed at enabling enterprises and individuals to have greater ease of access to market opportunities in the Greater Bay Area and Southeast Asia via digital connectivity.

Through OneConnect’s electronic know-your-customer (eKYC) solution, OneSME is able to ensure that all companies and products on the platform are validated during the onboarding process. Its eKYC technology accelerates the process of accrediting companies and products by utilising data points from trusted sources such as government registries. The eKYC outcomes will be recorded on the blockchain, encrypted and signed to preserve the confidentiality and security of the data. This way, SMEs can receive reliable and secure information on the companies and products on the platform.

In addition, the platform has built-in smart business matching algorithm, powered by OneConnect, that matches the demand and supply of products and services between buyers and sellers. Please refer to Annex B for details on the functionalities of OneSME.

Helping SMEs tap into new overseas market opportunities
OneSME seeks to help businesses leverage growth opportunities in today’s digital economy. The platform has welcomed Singapore SMEs that are selling industrial hardware, chemicals, safety, medical and office supplies on, to be connected with a buyer base of four million SMEs on OneConnect YiQiYe SME ecosystem in China. is a B2B procurement platform that is supported by IMDA and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) under the Grow Digital initiative. OneConnect YiQiYe is a one-stop platform that provides financing, insurance and cash management solutions to SMEs in China.

An ecosystem of partners to meet SMEs’ financing and business needs
To support SMEs in their trading activities, SMEs can thrive together and forge collaborations with multiple partners on the platform such as data providers, financial institutions, as well as intellectual property rights advisory services, training and other service providers.

United Overseas Bank (UOB), recognised as the best bank in Asia for helping SMEs achieve their growth ambitions, is the financial services partner to OneSME.
UOB and OneConnect signed an MOU which will see the bank provide its holistic suite of banking and digital solutions through the OneSME platform. These solutions will help SMEs in their collections and payments, trade financing, foreign exchange and working capital needs. SMEs will be able to apply for financing directly on the OneSME platform, thus making it easier for them to access the funds needed to seize business opportunities in China.
The bank will also support the SMEs in their digitalisation efforts through solutions such as UOB BizSmart , a cloud-based, integrated digital solution. UOB will also promote OneSME to its customers as part of its efforts to help them seize cross-border opportunities.
Other ecosystem partners already on OneSME include Bizmann System, GeTS, IPOS, IPOS International, SCCCI,, and OneConnect YiQiYe. More partners will be added to the digital community as it grows.

Local SMEs attended free workshop to pick up new skills of selling through live-streaming
Today, more than 100 business owners and representatives from local SMEs, together with Senior Minister of State Ms Sim Ann, joined the free workshop conducted by OneConnect on using live-streaming as an effective way to sell their products to SMEs in China. Local SMEs have been embracing digitalisation and are keen to pick up new skills from digital marketing to live-streaming, hoping to improve their work productivity and expand their business overseas.

E-commerce live-streaming is booming in China and propelled by the Covid-19 pandemic situation. Live-streaming has sent e-commerce sales soaring and is culminating to a state where anything could be sold by an influencer through live-streaming on popular shopping sites. This is evidenced by data from iiMedia Research which shows the user scale of China’s online live-streaming industry increasing to 504 million in 2019, with a growth rate of 10.6 per cent. It is estimated that the figure will reach 526 million in 2020.

Connecting more SMEs across borders
OneSME is set to become a living community that celebrates the interconnectivity of Asian SMEs growing and thriving together in the new digital economy. In the future, OneSME will assist SMEs from other Asian countries to set up their presence in Singapore, and connect Singapore SMEs to other Asian markets such as in The Philippines and Malaysia.

OneConnect YiQiYe survey shows healthy demand and interest from Chinese SMEs for B2B products in Singapore
Based on a survey conducted in July with over 2,100 Chinese SMEs on OneConnect YiQiYe, there is a significant demand for overseas procurement. 93 per cent of the respondents who are in charge of procurement, intended to purchase from outside of China. Of the respondents who intended to purchase goods overseas, 85 per cent ranked Singapore as their top overseas procurement choice, and 96 per cent were seeking specific demand for goods mainly in F&B and/or industrial equipment. Overall, the quality of products was ranked highest on Chinese SMEs’ list of consideration.

About OneConnect Financial Technology

OneConnect (NYSE: OCFT) is a leading technology-as-a-service platform for financial institutions. The Company’s platform provides cloud-native technology solutions that integrate extensive financial services industry expertise with market-leading technology. The Company’s solutions provide technology applications and technology-enabled business services to financial institutions. Together they enable the Company’s customers’ digital transformations, which help them increase revenue, manage risks, improve efficiency, enhance service quality and reduce costs.

Our technology-as-a-service platform strategically covers multiple verticals in the financial services industry, including banking, insurance and asset management, across the full scope of their businesses – from sales and marketing and risk management to customer services, as well as technology infrastructure such as data management, program development, and cloud services.

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