View from ARC 2017

View-from-arc-2017-banner

The 2017 SWIFT African Regional Conference (ARC), which is being hosted in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, brings together more than 450 leading financial services executives from over 40 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.

Free to read until 26 May

Nigeria stock exchange teaser

Can Nigeria bring capital markets back to life?

October 1, 2016

Faced with an economic squeeze, Nigeria has devised a masterplan to energise its capital markets. But while major companies are gradually starting to list on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, low liquidity and inflation are acting as a brake on recovery. Chris Stein reports.

Telecoms illustration teaser

A brave new world of mobile money

October 1, 2016

While mobile money usage has been gradually ramping up over the years, interoperability, alongside cheap and ubiquitous smartphones, has the potential to kick it up a gear. Joy Macknight reports.

EFG Hermes teaser

Economic headwinds look set to revive African M&A

March 1, 2017

African M&A was down in 2016 from the previous year as foreign investors stayed away, with only Egypt enjoying notable activity. However, economic headwinds are likely to drive consolidation, especially among smaller regional banks, in 2017. James King reports.

Syria- aid blocked teaser

How derisking became a humanitarian issue

February 1, 2017

The withdrawal of correspondent banking from high-risk markets, or ‘derisking’, is an increasingly common response from banks wanting to avoid punitive fines. But its human cost means there is an urgent need for alternatives, as James King reports. 

Related articles

Blockchain: the only way is up

November 28, 2016

Can blockchain come back from the doldrums? Yes, writes Chris Skinner, if the right technologies for the systems required can be identified.

Yannick Grecourt teaser

Getting the most out of digital transformation

January 2, 2017

Banks are investing vast sums into digital programmes but are not yet reaping the benefits. Joy Macknight examines where banks are focusing on in order to create – and capture – value in digital.

Matt Hatch teaser

Uncovering the real value in fintech

January 2, 2017

To offer real value to investors, clients and partners, fintech companies need to balance opportunity, solution maturity and a sustainable business model, writes Dan Barnes.

Naira teaser

Nigeria: ready for a revival?

October 1, 2016

Nigeria was once feted as Africa's leading economy. However, attacks on its oil infrastructure and a dollar liquidity crunch have pushed it into recession. But the government is determined to push through strategies that will revive this regional powerhouse, as James King reports.

Cyber crime teaser

After Bangladesh: why collaboration is the key to fighting cyber crime

September 1, 2016

The recent $81m cyber heist at Bangladesh's central bank was a wake-up call for financial institutions to improve their basic cyber security hygiene. But it also had profound implications for the soundness of the banking system as a whole. Joy Macknight reports.

Top 100 African Banks: smaller lenders make biggest gains

January 3, 2017

Only one-quarter of the top 20 African banks showed an increase in Tier 1 capital in the The Banker's rankings, as the continent suffered a combination of currency volatility, low commodity prices and political instability. James King reports.

Related articles by SWIFT

The future of payments - correspondent banking fights back

A wave of money is flowing into financial technology on a global level as a result of increased customer service expectations. Disruptive Fintech companies have identified opportunities and are challenging existing banking models. However, banks are fighting back.

De-risking in Africa

Correspondent banking enables banks to access products and services which might otherwise be unavailable. By enabling cross-border transactions and access to overseas products, correspondent banking plays an important role in the global payments landscape. 

Analyse Africa

Join our community

Follow The Banker

By continuing to use this site you consent to the use of cookies on your device as described in our cookie policy unless you have disabled them. You can change your cookie settings at any time but parts of our site will not function correctly without them.