Around 1.3 million Singaporean households will receive their next tranche of Community Development Council (CDC) vouchers digitally.
Electronic vouchers can be redeemed at hawking centers and neighborhood convenience stores.
The $ 130 million digital voucher program will roll out in a few months, the five CDCs said yesterday in a joint statement with the People’s Association (PA).
Each household will receive $ 100 in CDC electronic vouchers. Participating traders such as hawkers and traders will use an app to scan the QR code on redeemable vouchers.
Ambassadors from CDC and SG Digital Office will help traders learn how to use the app.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in the budget that the CDC’s voucher program was to thank Singaporeans for their solidarity during the Covid-19 pandemic and to support businesses of the heart.
Called RedeemSG Merchant, the app will allow merchants and heart hawkers to accept government-issued digital vouchers, track voucher transactions, and reduce the time it takes to redeem them.
Traders and hawkers can express their interest in the program online at cdc.gov.sg/cdcvouchers/merchants
A CDC voucher ambassador will contact them in two weeks to guide them through the process of using the app, authorities added.
Chairman of the Committee of Mayors Low Yen Ling said the latest installment of the CDC’s voucher program has been refined following comments from traders that collecting and tracking paper vouchers is more work.
Ms Low, who is also Minister of State for Trade and Industry and mayor of the Southwest District, said: “We hope that merchants and hawkers of the heart take this chance to participate in this free program which will not only help expand their customer base, but also provide a guided introduction to the use of digital platforms for their growth and long-term future. “