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The 2017 SWIFT African Regional Conference (ARC), which is being hosted in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, will bring together more than 500 leading financial services executives from over 45 countries to discuss the trends that are shaping the continent’s future. The three day programme will cover the outlook for the regional economy, including processes of economic diversification and the role of fintech hubs in the real economy, as well as developments in correspondent banking, compliance and cyber security.

Further discussions will consider the role of blockchain in the development of Africa’s securities markets and the key innovations that are shaping the future of corporate treasury and trade. Now in its 24th year, the African Regional Conference is firmly established as the region’s standout annual financial sector event. Key sessions for the 2017 conference will include:

  • Future of Africa’s economy – development from within
  • FinTech hubs: do they have a role in the real economy?
  • Cooperation and consolidation in Africa’s securities markets
  • Correspondent banking – new and improved!
  • Mitigating the impact of de-risking
  • Cyber criminality – how can the industry fight back?
  • Free pre-event workshop on the Global Payments Initiative (gpi) and CSP roadshow on 15 May

This year will also see the return of the Innotribe Startup Challenge, providing young African financial technology startups with the chance to showcase their potential and to receive expert mentoring.

James King, Africa and Middle East editor, will cover the key themes and discussions from the African Regional Conference 2017. 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 2017.

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Thierry Chilosi, Swift’s head of markets and initiatives for Emea, tells Brian Caplen how African banks can respond to disruptive technologies and keep correspondent lines open in a derisking environment.

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