5 May 2015 to 7 May 2015
Cape Town

SWIFT African Regional Conference 2015

Agenda

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Coffee, Registration & Solutions Zone Open

9:00 – 9:10 a.m.

Welcome Note - SWIFT

9:10 – 9:30 a.m.  

Keynote Speech - Lesetja Kganyago, Governor, South African Reserve Bank

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening plenary - Africa: Seizing the Opportunity

By 2050, sub-Sahara Africa will have a larger and younger workforce than India or China. The continent is blessed with plentiful land, much of it still uncultivated, and an abundance of natural resources. Combine these and there is potential for global competitive advantage. Transforming this opportunity into success will take political will and pan-African cooperation. Existing regional integration projects and other initiatives demonstrate that these drivers are there, so it really is Africa’s time! This opening panel will look at the initiatives in place that can capitalize on these opportunities and how to break down the barriers that could still prevent success.

  • Alain Raes, CEO, EMEA & APAC, SWIFT
  • Mina Baliamoune, Professor and Kip Fellow of Economics in the Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida, and Associate, African Centre for Economic Transformation
  • Moono Mupotola, Manager, Regional Integration & Trade Division, African Development Bank
  • Lyal White, Director, Centre for Dynamic Markets, Gordon Institute of Business Science
  • Christian Sarafidis, Deputy Chief Executive, EMEA, SWIFT (Moderator)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break & Solutions Zone

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Sanctions Screening: in conversation with Suleiman Barau, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

With Christian Sarafidis, Deputy Executive, EMEA, SWIFT

11:30 – 12:00 a.m.

SWIFT Work Sessions - 5 minute pitches on stage

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Partner networking session

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch & Solution Zone

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Innotribe panel session - Startups, banks and corporates, a practical guide to successful collaboration

Financial technology (FinTech) is booming, with more than USD12.2bn invested in 2014 alone. This interactive session will demystify what is happening in the FinTech scene, and will show that although the language used by startups may seem a million miles away from what the mainstream banking industry uses, the fundamentals are exactly the same. By collaborating with startups, the financial industry can gain insights and advantages; for startups the benefits of working with large financial institutions and corporates will show this is definitely a win-win situation.

  • Jill Murtagh, Head: Payments & Settlements, Bidvest Bank
  • Eric Edelstein, Chairman, Entrepreneur Traction and CEO, Daddy's Deals
  • Peter Vanderauwera, Innotribe, SWIFT

3:15 - 4:15 p.m.

Corporates panel: the evolving landscape

The Corporate community on SWIFT has grown tremendously over the last few years and transaction volumes have rocketed. In response, the SWIFT portfolio has become much richer to include new connectivity and security options, as well as new offerings in the trade finance space. What are the key international trends in the corporate space and how do they differ from the African market? What are the inhibitors and drivers on the Africa continent and what do African corporates need from their providers?

  • Andre Olivier, Group Treasury PMO & SME, Puma Energy
  • Phil Boyall, Head of Global Corporates Cash Origination, Africa, Barclays Capital
  • Nkosi Moyo, Group Manager, Cash Management, Transaction Services Group, Ecobank
  • Yudeshtra Naidoo, Treasury Dealer, SAB Miller RTC Africa
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT
  • Ian Bessarabia, Business Development Manager, Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

4:15 - 4:45 p.m.

Coffee & Solutions Zone

4:45 - 5:45 p.m.

Work Session 1 in parallel with Corporates Case Study: Standard Bank & Altron

Electronics, IT and telecommunications group Altron selected SWIFT to streamline its banking communication channels and implement best-in-class transactional processes. In this case study, Altron and Standard Bank will share the experience from the perspective of both a corporate and bank, including the key lessons to be learned and what preparations that bank and corporate need to put in place to ensure a successful project. This session provides a unique opportunity to hear directly from the client and service provider and find out what benefits both parties are deriving from SWIFT as a standardised communication channel.

  • Jonathan Lamb, Head, Channel Management, Standard Bank
  • Genny Walsh, Group Treasurer, Altron
  • Debra-Lynn Marais, Group Information Manager, Altron
  • Ian Bessarabia, Business Development Manager, Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

5:45 - onwards

Networking cocktail

7:30 - onwards

Buffet Dinner

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

NB:
Morning: ARC conference only
Afternoon: ARC Work Sessions and Innotribe Startup Challenge in parallel.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Welcome Coffee & Solutions Zone

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Securities panel 1: building liquidity & depth

What is required to grow and develop sustainable securities markets in Africa and where do the opportunities and challenges lie ? Hear the view from exchanges, investors and regulators.

  • Donna Oosthuyse, Director of Capital Markets, Johannesburg, Stock Exchange
  • Ade Bajomo, Executive Director, Market Operations and Technology, Nigeria Stock Exchange
  • Nerina Visser, Exchange Traded Funds Strategist and Advisor, ETF South Africa
  • David Kanyi, Senior Surveillance Officer, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya 
  • Ian Bessarabia, Head of Business Development, Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Securities panel 2: creating the right infrastructure 

Emphasis is often placed on the need for high-end trading systems (the front-office) by securities exchanges and market participants, and the importance of the clearing and settlement systems (the back-office) is often neglected. This is a missed opportunity. The appropriate settlement system infrastructure improves access to the financial markets and efficiency of the financial system; poor infrastructure, meanwhile, can inhibit growth because of the heightened levels of operational risk it creates. In this session we will discuss the challenges facing securities depositories and post-trade market players, and will look at the associated opportunities for depositories to contribute to the development of securities markets and improve investor confidence. How can SWIFT support securities market participants to achieve these objectives?

  • Iann Seymour-Smith, Head of Operations, Strate
  • Rose Mambo, Chief Executive, Central Depository & Settlement Corporations, Kenya
  • Deon Kruger, Head: Operations, Investor Services, Transactional Products and Services, Corporate and Investment Banking Standard Bank
  • Bennie van der Westhuizen, Head: Investors & Intermediaries, Africa, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Ian Bessarabia, Head of Business Development, Africa, SWIFT
  • Peter Wiatrowski, Senior Manager, Securities Initiatives EMEA, SWIFT (moderator)

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee & Solutions Zone

11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Financial Inclusion panel: big banks and small savers

In partnership with the SWIFT Institute
The banks involved in the 4-year GAFIS project (Gateway to Financial Innovations for Savings) have aggressively tested new approaches to attract and better serve poor savers. What are the results and conclusions of the GAFIS project? How can big banks help small savers? Is there a sustainable business model for banks to offer better financial services to the poor? In this discussion you will hear from the project manager, Bankable Frontier Associates, as well as the banks involved in the project.

  • John Staley, CFO & Executive Director, Kenya, Equity Bank
  • Charles Adjasi, Professor, Development Finance Stellenbosch Business School
  • Kabelo Makeke, Head of Inclusive Banking, Standard Bank
  • David Porteous, Managing Director & CEO, Bankable Frontier Associates (moderator)

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Solutions Zone

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Work Session 2

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Work Session 3 

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee & Solutions Zone

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Work Session 4

7:00 p.m.

Depart for Gala Dinner

Wednesday, 6 May 2015 - Innotribe Startup Challenge

12:00 - 12:30 a.m.

Arrival & Check In

12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Welcome & keynote

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Startup pitches - Round 1

2:30 - 2:45 p.m.

Networking break

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Startup pitches - Round 2 

3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

Innovator pitches 

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Networking cocktail

5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Announcement of winners

7:00 p.m.

Semi-finalists and judges/coaches join Gala Dinner 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

9:00 - 9:45 a.m.

Regionalisation 1 - SIRESS: Lessons from SADC

Wave three of the SIRESS system went live during September 2014. This means that  there are now almost 70 commercial banks from nine countries participating in the  system, and transaction volumes and the daily value settled through the system are  continuing to grow. The system  currently settles high-value payments only, but will  soon add settlement of bulk low-value payments. SIRESS is widely recognised as a  great success. What is the end goal for the SADC region? What lessons can it offer to other regional payments systems and what is on the horizon this year? 

  • Tim Masela, Head, National Payments System, South African Reserve Bank
  • Maxine Hlaba, Executive Secretariat, SADC Banking Association
  • Vickey Ganesh, Head of Enterprise Payments Services, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank
  • Josephat Mutepfa, Deputy Director, Financial Markets, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Regionalisation 2 - Regional Payment Systems: some way to go

As part of the political drive across Africa to boost regional economic growth there are several other regional payment systems in various stages of development. What real progress has been made and what barriers remain? Can they lean lessons from the evolution of SIRESS or is that a singular example? Are there any significant milestones expected this year?

  • Dipo Fatokun, Director, Banking & Payments System Department, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Stephen Mwaura, Head, National Payments System, Central Bank of Kenya
  • Bwaki Kwassi, Director of Payment Systems, Banque Centrale Des Etats De L'Afrique De L'Ouest
  • Sido Bestani, Head of Middle East & North Africa, SWIFT

10:30 11:00 a.m.

Coffee & Solutions Zone

11:00 - 12:00 a.m.

Work Session 5

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & Solutions Zone

1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

KYC panel : the dangers of derisking

New regulations are making it increasingly expensive for big banks in the United States and Europe to do business with small and unknown counterparties. Unless banks are able to prove that their KYC (Know Your Customer) and anti-money laundering processes comply with the toughest requirements, they may lose business or even find they have restricted access to the dollar. SWIFT data shows that American and European banks have already shrunk their African banking network. Many African countries have been proactive in responding to new Sanctions Screening regulations – are they taking the same direct approach to KYC compliance? What are the requirements of Africa’s banks in the KYC space and what are the benefits of compliance?

  • Giwa Sechap, Financial Sector Officer, Inter-Governmental Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA)
  • Andre Wentzel, Head: Anti Money Laundering, Standard Bank
  • Pattison Boleigha, Head , Group Compliance  & Internal Control, Access Bank
  • Matthew Hodgson, Managing Director, Citi Treasury and Trade Solutions, Co-Head EMEA FI & Correspondent Banking Group, Citi Bank
  • Thierry Chilosi, Head of Banking Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT (moderator)

2:30 : 3:30 p.m.

Work Session 6

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Coffee & Solutions Zone

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Closing plenary

Conference wrap up
CSR presentation – supporting NORSA Community Care
Closing speaker: Victor Kgomoeswana, African Business Specialist, radio host and author of ‘Africa is open for Business’.

5:15 - 6:45 p.m.

Closing networking cocktail