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All you need to know about SG Budget, and more!


All you need to know about SG Budget, and more!


To help SMEs get up to speed with SG Budget, we have curated these resources to bring you timely updates and business insights. The 2021 Budget Statement was delivered on 16 February 2021 by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Mr Heng Swee Keat. Watch the broadcast here or check out the highlights and what it means for businesses here

SG Budget Research and Insights

To support Singapore’s recovery process, the government has decided to go for another fiscal push. Beyond near-term targeted measures to help companies, significant focus has been placed to drive longer term economic transformation. Read on for full insights by our Senior Economist, Irvin Seah.

Joyce Tee on stronger SMEs amid pandemic

Slightly more than a year in, how are businesses responding to the pandemic and what are the areas of support expected from the upcoming Budget? Our Group Head of DBS SME Banking, Joyce Tee, shares her view on what it takes for our SMEs to emerge from the ongoing storm in a stronger position. 

In the latest DBS SME Pulse Check Survey, around six in 10 micro and small businesses cited responsibility towards protecting employee livelihoods as the main motivator for sustaining their business. Read on for more insights and how DBS is stepping up with more resources to support our community.

insights on sustaining the business

The economic doldrums from 2020 is gradually giving way to hope and an optimism of recovery for 2021. GDP growth is expected to register 5.5% in 2021 while inflation should average 0.9% but what are the other signs of a recovery scenario we should be looking out for? Read on for full report by our Senior Economist, Irvin Seah; FX Strategist, Philip Wee and Rates Strategist Eugene Leow. 

business insight by Irvin Seah

Economist View: Coming off the worst recession since Independence and having put forth an unprecedented fiscal response amounting to SGD 92.9bn to mitigate against the impact of the pandemic, hope is high that policymakers will sustain the fiscal support in the upcoming budget despite the turnaround in the economy. Read on for more insights by our Senior Economist, Irvin Seah. 
SG Budget and You

business owners insights to keep business going

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Did you have to tap on your personal savings to keep your business afloat? What motivated you to keep going? Join business owners in sharing your views here and here


Emerging stronger from crisis
Two Webinars explored how Budget 2021 will help local businesses thrive in the long run.

Read on to get a summary of the key highlights.

With Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Date: Friday, 19 February 2021
  • Time: 10am – 12pm
  • Highlights: Get an in-depth view of the Singapore economy and where the opportunities are, while being updated on Budget 2021 measures and its impact to your business.
  • Speakers: Irvin Seah, Senior Economist, DBS Bank; Tan Bao Jia, Head (Economic Programme), Ministry of Finance; Dr Wilson Chew, Partner (Strategy), Entrepreneurial and Private Business, PwC; Chia Kim Huat, Chairman, Research & Publications Committee, SCCCI

With Singapore Business Federation
  • Date: Tuesday, 9 March 2021
  • Time: 4pm-6pm
  • Highlights: Apart from the measures to support companies and workers under the COVID-19 Resilience Package, SG Budget 2021 includes new measures in line with the theme of Emerging Stronger Together, to build new capabilities with Skilled Workers and Innovative Businesses. This webinar aims to elaborate the key new measures for businesses announced in Budget 2021 and address any clarifications that your business might have. 
  • Speakers: Opening Remarks by Deputy Prime Minister Mr Heng Swee Keat; Economic & Business Outlook 2021 by Mr Irvin Seah, Executive Director, DBS Bank, Highlights of Budget 2021 by Ministry of Finance and a Panel Discussion that will be moderated by Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive Officer, SBF

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