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Tuesday 23 August 2016
08:30-09:30 Welcome coffee and registration

Opening remarks

  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub Sahara Africa, SWIFT

Global treasury management: the challenge of keeping up with change

The payments industry is changing at a rapid pace. From the way individuals transfer value to how large corporations move money globally, this industry affects us all. How do these changes impact corporates’ global treasury management processes as they operate across multiple jurisdictions and geographies?

  • Nigel Grey, Chairman, ACTSA

Optimising business on the African continent

As corporates grow their business in Africa, they are increasingly looking at how to introduce or increase the level of centralisation across their operations to mirror practices in place elsewhere. Regional treasury hubs and shared service centres are growing in popularity and South Africa continues to be a popular choice for such treasury operations.

However, the increased drive for centralisation in Africa provides new challenges because any treasury hubs must comply with all of the continent’s different regulatory regimes. How are corporate treasurers and bankers addressing the challenge of doing business across multiple jurisdictions? This session will look at how corporates are putting in place increasingly sophisticated practices and procedures to manage financial risk as effectively as possible.

  • Nervin Chetty, Head of Corporate Sales, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Geoffrey Gursel, Director of Treasury & Trade Solutions, CitiBank
  • Sido Bestani, Head of Middle East, Turkey & Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

Coffee break and networking


Sovereign ratings update

Standard & Poor’s gave South Africa’s BBB- rating, on a par with India and Italy, a negative outlook on June 3. The agency warned that it could cut the assessment further if the economy doesn’t improve before its next review in December. How is South Africa’s economy faring now and what still needs to be done to avoid a downgrade?

  • Konrad Reuss, Managing Director and Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa, Standard & Poor’s

A practical guide to SWIFT for Corporates

Globally, SWIFT continues to experience growth in corporates joining and using SWIFT and is working closely with the community to develop and enhance its value proposition. This session will take a practical look at what SWIFT is doing to innovate the traditional correspondent banking model and how these initiatives could benefit corporates. We will hear first-hand experience of corporates working with SWIFT and look at the lessons learned. The session will also look at the some of the practical challenges faced by corporate treasury and how SWIFT can help address them. 

  • Debra-Lynn Marais, Group Information Manager, Altron Group
  • Harry Newman, Head of Banking Initiatives, SWIFT
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub Sahara Africa, SWIFT (moderator)
13:00-14:00 Lunch and networking

Digitalisation in treasury – integrating treasury management systems with SWIFT
The SWIFT for Corporates solution offers secure worldwide availability, access to local and international banks and standardised formats. How can integrating this into treasury management systems enable the digitisation of cash management, trade finance and FX confirmations as well as other transaction flows? This session will look at how corporate treasuries can access solutions that not only cater for day-to-day treasury function but also global connectivity through SWIFT.

  • Mark Neethling, General Manager of Financial Services, Bytes Universal Systems
  • Annette Smyth,  Director, Sithi Aba Corporate Advisors
  • Tertius Vermeulen, Business Development Manager, Trustlink
  • Charles Buchanan, Treasury Consultant (moderator)

Bank on-boarding for corporates – making it easier for corporates to do business

Banking systems across Africa are becoming more advanced in order to support the ever-growing needs of a corporate treasury. However, while the volume of electronic transactions is increasing and liquidity management solutions are being developed, there are still complexities surrounding the on-boarding process.

How can banks help to ensure corporates benefit from standardisation and automation? This session looks at how, under the auspices of SUSA, banks are collaborating to help manage risk, improve liquidity management, enhance working capital and increase efficiency at the same time as reducing costs.

  • Phil Boyall, Head of Global Clients Cash Management Sales, Barclays Africa
  • Gerrie Butler, Corporate Banking eSolutions, Rand Merchant Bank
  • Jonathan Lamb, Head of Channel Management, Standard Bank
  • Nkosi Moyo, Group Manager of Cash management transaction services group, Ecobank
  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub Sahara Africa, SWIFT (moderator)

Closing Remarks

  • Hugo Smit, Head of Sub-Sahara Africa, SWIFT
16:15 on

Networking refreshments