View from ARC

View from ARC 2016

Date: 17 - 19 May

Location: Balaclava, Mauritius

The 2016 SWIFT African Regional Conference (ARC) will provide another glimpse of a continent on the rise. Hosted in Mauritius and expected to attract delegates from more than 40 countries, the theme of this year’s event is ‘Facing Global Challenges’. The opening plenary session will examine the ‘megatrends’ shaping the continent’s social and economic development, including urbanisation, demographic change, climate change and the growth of sustainable economies.

Further discussions will cover the outlook for correspondent banking, including issues around compliance and the role of disruptive new technologies. In addition, the function of African capital markets in promoting economic growth will be considered, alongside topics such as the maturation of Africa’s corporates and the steps that need to be taken to support their development.

Key topics from the conference include: 

  • Measuring the impact of mobile banking on financial inclusion
  • The future of payments: Correspondent banking fights back
  • Gearing up for growth in Africa’s securities markets – do we have the right foundation?
  • Disruptive technologies
  • Financial crime compliance

As Sub-Saharan Africa’s economic growth is expected to hit 3% in 2016, according to data from the International Monetary Fund sourced from Analyse Africa, the African Regional Conference will offer another timely insight into the opportunities and challenges of doing business on the continent. 

James King, Africa and Middle East editor, will cover the key themes and discussions from the African Regional Conference 2016. Register today for free access to three articles every month and ensure you are fully up to date with all the topics discussed at ARC 2016.


Interview with Hugo Smit, head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT


Swift's chief executive for EMEA and APAC, Alain Raes, and Swift's head of the Middle East, Turkey and Africa, Sido Bestani talk to James King about the opening plenary for this year's African Regional Conference, as well as the impact that disruptive technologies are having on the global payments landscape.


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