African Regional Conference 2019

Date: 18-20 June

Location: Accra, Ghana

The Banker’s View from ARC  2019 provides regular multimedia coverage and summariseS the key themes from the SWIFT African Regional Conference 2019.

This year's agenda will look at how Africa's financial industry is evolving. The international payments landscape is undergoing significant change as disruptive technologies enter the payments market and put pressure on traditional banking practices.

Regulatory scrutiny around KYC and AML and changes in consumer and client behaviour are also forcing the industry to review traditional banking models.

In discussion:

  • Drivers of change in Africa’s financial industry
  • Delivering change – equipping the financial industry with tools for the future
  • Mitigating risk in the digital world
  • Boosting intra-African trade
  • Re-engineering international payments for a fast, digital age
  • How banks are embracing technology to optimise compliance

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Sub-Saharan African markets eye the benefits of consolidation

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AI in Africa: a different kind of intelligence

February 1, 2019

AI has still to make its presence felt in Africa's banking sector, but brings with it opportunities to bank the unbanked and engage with the continent's youthful population. However, as Kit Gillet reports, Africa's unique needs mean achieving these goals is not straightforward.

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Payments in Africa 

A new white paper from SWIFT, mapping commercial payment flows against financial flows in Africa, reveals that that intra-Africa payments and clearing is increasing in importance. It also points to an increase in the use of African currencies for cross-border payments.

Corruption, cybercrime and compliance – managing the risks 

Managing risk in financial institutions has never been more complex. As cyber-attacks continue to evolve and increase in frequency and sophistication, cyber security has become a major area of attention and investment.  Complying with the large number of global regulations that aim to combat money laundering and terrorist financing is also a challenge for the industry, both in terms of costs and resources.

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