25 June 2014 to 27 June 2014
Marrakesh

SWIFT African Regional Conference 2014

Agenda

Wednesday 25 June 2014

08:00 – 09:00

Welcome coffee, registration & solutions zone open

09:00 – 09:05

Welcome note - SWIFT

09:05 – 09:20

Keynote speech

 

  • Moulay Hafid El Alamy, Minister of Industry (Ministre de l'Industrie, du Commerce, de l'Investissement et de l'Economie numérique)

09:20 – 09:30

Opening address

  • Gottfried Leibbrandt, CEO, SWIFT

09:30 – 10:30

Opening Plenary: Africa: The next frontier – trade and expansion


SWIFT’s white paper on African transaction banking revealed the gap between commercial flows and financial flows – with goods often going one way and payments another. This was particularly stark between Africa and Asia, the continent’s biggest trade corridor. It also highlighted the huge role played by the dollar and by overseas banks in African trade and finance. What needs to be done to align financial flows with commercial flows and what can be done to assist the development of intra-African trade corridors? What is impeding their development and what role can regional settlement systems play? How can African banks take greater market share of cross border clearing?

 

Panel:

  • Mohamed Karim Mounir, Director General & Secretary General, Banque Centrale Populaire Group
  • Lahcen Ben Halima, Director for Banking Supervision, Central Bank of Morocco
  • Mina Baliamoune, Director of Research, African Centre for Economic Transformation 
  • Alain Raes, Chief Executive, EMEA & APAC, SWIFT
     
  • Moderator: Christian Sarafidis, Head of Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, SWIFT

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee break / Solutions zone

11:00 – 12:00 

Panel Session: Corporate Banking – international trends, emerging standards and business practices


What are the corporate trends in around the world? SWIFT figures show that a growing number of corporates are joining the SWIFT community – and that once they join, they use the network for more and more transactions. What other trends are there in the corporate world?  How many are adopting international standards, such as ISO 20022; how many are using BPO for trade finance? What impact are the changing requirements having on their banking networks?

 

Panel:

  • Ismail Douiri, General Manager, Attijariwafa
  • Grace Anim-Yeboah, Head of Cash Management, Barclays Africa
  • Driss Naim, Head Of Treasury, OCP
  • Robert Schneider, Head of Corporates & 3SKey, EMEA, SWIFT
     
  • Moderator: François Ameguide, Regional Country Manager, Africa South, SWIFT

12:00 – 13:00 

Partner chat rooms

13:00 – 14:00 

Lunch / Solutions zone

14:00 – 15:15 

Panel Session: Should regional harmonisation projects extend to low value payments and how will that impact financial inclusion?


At the eighth African Economic Conference (AEC) in October 2013, regional integration was discussed as the main driver of inclusive growth in Africa. Can regional integration play a similarly positive role for financial inclusion? The low level of intra-regional trade, shortage of good quality infrastructure and lack of qualified workers were among the obstacles cited by the experts at the conference to explain the difficulties that the continent is experiencing in accelerating integration. What needs to be done to consolidate growth for the benefit of Africa’s populations – and what role can regional integration projects and harmonized payment systems play in boosting financial inclusion? Should regional harmonisation projects extend to low value payments and how will that impact financial inclusion? What role can mobile operators play in boosting financial inclusion?

 

Panel:

  • Zakia Hazzaz, Director of Development & Partnerships, Al Barid Bank
  • Kosta Peric, Deputy Director, Financial Services for the Poor Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • John Karamuka, Director of Payment Systems, National Bank of Rwanda
  • Souleymane Diarrassouba, General Director, Groupe Banque Atlantique

  • Moderator: Harry Newman, Head of Banking & Markets Initiatives, SWIFT

15:15 – 16:15

Work sessions 1

  • Consulting Services & Training (English)
  • Cloud Connectivity (French)
  • Business Continuity & Connectivity (French)
  • MyStandards - Customer Case study with BBVA (English)

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break / Solutions zone

16:45 – 17:45

Work sessions 2

  • Business Continuity & Connectivity (English)
  • SWIFT Alliance Portfolio (English)
  • Compliance (French)
  • Consulting Services & Training (English)

17:45 – onwards

Welcome refreshments

19:30

Walking dinner

Thursday 26 June 2014

08:00 – 09:00

Welcome coffee and solutions zone open

09:00 – 10:00

Securities panel: The role of securities markets


What role do securities markets play in Africa? What more needs to be done to ensure they remain on par with the work achieved in the payments market infrastructure space? During this panel session we will take a look at the capital markets and discuss what can be done to improve market access, deepen liquidity, and make the markets more efficient. Can collaboration between markets help? How can SWIFT help?

 

Panel:

  • Mohamed Benbouadi, Director and Head of Middle East, Africa & Eurasia, Sales & Relationship Management at Euroclear
  • Sunil Benimadhu, Chief Executive, The Stock Exchange of Mauritius
  • Mahama Iddrisu, Managing Director, EDC Stockbrokers Limited 
  • Stephen Tetteh, CEO, Ghana Central Securities Depository
     
  • Moderator: Ian Bessarabia, Business Development and Country Manager, SWIFT

10:15 – 11:15

Work sessions 3

  • Consulting Services & Training (French)
  • Cloud Connectivity (French)
  • Compliance (English)
  • Corporate Connectivity & 3SKey (English)

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee break / Solutions zone

11:45 – 12:45

Panel Session: Regionalisation – project update and lessons learned


The multiple regional harmonisation projects underway across Africa remain a hot topic for policy makers, banks and corporates alike.  Since last year’s ARC, the first phase of SIRESS in the SADC region, and the RTGSs in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria have gone live. This session will offer an update from the systems that have gone live and a chance to talk about the lessons learned from their experiences. Should regional payment systems included low value payments and what opportunities may this create?

 

Panel:

  • Tim Masela, Head National Payment System Department, South African Reserve Bank
  • Twum Ohene-Obeng, Deputy Director, West African Monetary Institute
  • Jocelyn Aku Azoma, Deputy Director, Payments System Directorate, Banque Centrale des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (BCEAO)
  • Ravi Shunmugam, Head of Payments, First National Bank
  • Stephen Mwaura, Head of Payments, Central Bank of Kenya

  • Moderator: Sido Bestani, Head of MENA & Turkey, SWIFT

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch / solutions zone

14:00 – 15:00

Work sessions 4

  • Cloud Connectivity (English)
  • SWIFT Alliance Portfolio (French)
  • Corporate Connectivity & 3SKey (French)
  • SWIFTRef & Business Intelligence (English)

15:15 – 16:15

Panel Session: Technology – the value and challenges of automation


SWIFT traffic volumes in Africa exceed global growth volumes – the continent is currently the fast growing region in SWIFT. At the same time, banks face other challenges – including global pressures such as a tougher regulatory environment and the rising threat of cybercrime. What is the impact of these trends on African banks’ payment and other technical infrastructure? On the flip side, are Africa’s banks deriving benefits from automation? As they expand their networks across the continent, is this an opportunity to build state-of-the-art infrastructure and implement STP?  

Panel:

  • Victor Oyango, Group Manager, Cash Management Operations, Ecobank 
  • Javier Perez-Tasso, Chief Marketing Officer, SWIFT
  • Gezahegn Dugassa, Director, Banking Products and Technology Innovation, Awash International Bank
  • Ignace Nganga, Directeur des Systèmes et Moyens de Paiement, Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale (BEAC)
     
  • Moderator: Francis Vanbever, Chief Financial Officer, SWIFT

16:15 – 16:45

Coffee break / Solutions zone

16:45 – 17:45

Work sessions 5

  • Consulting Services & Training (French)
  • Business Continuity & Connectivity (English)
  • Compliance (English)
  • SWIFTRef & Business Intelligence (French)

19:30

Meet in the hotel lobby for departure for the gala dinner

Friday 27 June 2014

08:00 – 09:00

Welcome coffee / solutions zone

09:00 – 10:00

Panel session: Regulation – Tackling Financial Crime


Governments around the world are taking steps to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.  How are banks coping with the rising regulatory tide? How does it impact their operations – what tools exist to help them with increasingly tough regulations such as Sanctions Screening, Anti-money laundering and Know-Your-Customer? How are Africa’s banks meeting these new regulations  Panellists discuss the challenges and share best practice.

 

Panel:

  • Daniel Agamah, Group Head, Business Support, Zenith Bank
  • Said Berbale, Director, Legal & Compliance, Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP)
  • Dipo Fatokun, Director, Banking and Payments System Department, Central Bank of Nigeria
  • Harry Newman, Head of Banking & Markets Initiatives, SWIFT
     
  • Moderator: Thierry Chilosi, Head of Banking Initiatives, EMEA, SWIFT

10:15 – 11:15

Work sessions 6

  • SWIFTRef & Business Intelligence (English)
  • Cloud Connectivity (English)
  • SWIFT Alliance Portfolio (English)
  • Compliance (French)

11:15 – 11:45

Coffee break / solutions zone

11:45 – 12:45

Closing plenary:

  • Rob Green, Head of Payments Market Infrastructure in Banking Group Treasury, FirstRand Bank, and SWIFT Board Member 
  • Alain Raes, Chief Executive, EMEA & APAC, SWIFT
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Africa South, SWIFT
  • Sido Bestani, Head of MENA & Turkey, SWIFT
     
  • Moderator: Christian Sarafidis, Head of Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, SWIFT

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch / solutions zone