View from SWIFT Middle East Regional Conference 2018

Date: 24 to 25 September 2018

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Banker’s View from MERC will provide regular multimedia coverage and summarise the key themes from SWIFT Middle East Regional Conference 2018.

The conference brings together policy makers, industry leaders, regulators and financial experts from across this diverse region in Dubai to do business and shape the future of the Middle East’s financial industry.

James King, Africa and Middle East editor at The Banker, will cover the key discussions from the Middle East Regional Conference 2018 through a video interview series with industry figures and policymakers.

The Banker’s View from MERC is your ideal guide before, during and after the event.

Discussion points:

  • The future of payments in the Middle East - how can Middle Eastern banks adapt to disruptive forces in the payments market?
  • The real socio-economic impact of de-risking. To what extent does the termination of correspondent banking relationships impact processes of social and economic development in affected markets?
  • Managing real-time payments with financial crime compliance and fraud controls. Can technology contribute to fraud and financial crime prevention, rather than simply speeding up payments?
  • Enhancing the Middle East's cyber security. How can a community approach to cyber security help the region's financial community?.

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