12 April 2017
Moscow, Russia

SWIFT Business Forum Moscow 2017 & ROSSWIFT AGM

Securing the future – Compliance, innovation and standards

Welcome to the SWIFT Business Forum Moscow 2017 and ROSSWIFT AGM.

Returning for its 8th year, the SWIFT Business Forum will shed light on a number of critical issues facing the financial industry in Russia through a mixture of the Rosswift AGM plenary session, dynamic panel discussions and networking sessions.

Given the success of the format over the past three years, we are once again holding a joint event together with ROSSWIFT. Over 400 participants from Russia and CIS will once again use this unique networking opportunity to join the discussions with regulatory authorities, major banks and market infrastructures.

As ever, our agenda will address the most important topics for the Russian SWIFT community. This year, sessions will therefore cover cybersecurity, increasing regulatory requirements for transparency and resiliency,and innovation in the sphere of financial technologies. We will continue to use the SWIFT Business Forum Moscow & Rosswift AGM as the key venue where international and domestic challenges, and experience in collectively resolving them, are compared.

Following the announcement of SWIFT’s Customer Security Programme (CSP) - a dedicated initiative to reinforce and evolve the security of global banking - we will look at how well the financial industry fares on cyber security, discuss the challenges involved in defending our industry from cyber-attacks, and share expertise and best practices. We will also showcase the strong commitment of the Russian SWIFT community to the CSP, namely the work of the Russian Technical Consultation Hub – Rosswift’s technical working group. 

A wave of money is flowing into financial technology and disruptive FinTech companies are trying to eat into banks’ business, with many of them moving up the value chain from low value person-to-person transactions to offer an alternative model to traditional correspondent banking. However, banks are fighting back. They are investigating how disruptive technologies can support their businesses and are working together in unprecedented ways to improve the experience and reduce costs for the end customers. In the correspondent banking space, SWIFT’s global payments innovation (gpi) initiative, will transform the cross-border payments market. The initiative is a robust response to evolving bank and corporate needs for enhanced customer service and operational efficiency.  At the Business Forum, you will hear about the experience of the first Russian banks to join the initiative and find out why your bank should also join gpi.

Beyond cybersecurity and innovation, a topic of widespread interest is the development of the National Payments System. The Bank of Russia has now published its plans for migration – first operational and technological, then standards-related. The Moscow Business Forum and Rosswift AGM is the ideal venue to hear the views of the regulator on how the roadmap was put together, of the community on how it perceives it, of Rosswift as the local centre of expertise on ISO 20022 since its inception, and of SWIFT, the standard’s registration authority, who have accompanied myriad national standards migrations across the world. On the securities side, NSD has a “head start,” having started using ISO 20022 in its assets servicing flows, and will be giving us some insights into their experience two years in, as well as explaining their rationale for joining over 20 of the world’s most important Market Infrastructures in signing or supporting SWIFT’s ISO 20022 Harmonisation Programme.

As announced earlier this year, the SWIFT Innotribe Start-Up Challenge will be coming to Russia, hosted by Bank of Russia at their International Financial Congress July 12-14, and supported by a task force of three additional Rosswift members. From the hundreds of start-ups who will apply from Russia and the neighbouring CIS countries, a long-list of 10 will be coming to the final at the IFC, and 3 winners of that regional final in St Petersburg will be invited to Sibos Toronto. The Forum will be a great opportunity to update our community on this landmark event.

The SWIFT Business Forum Moscow will provide an excellent forum at which to debate all of the above topics. It will also present an opportunity to find out more about SWIFT’s continued commitment to support our customers in this changing environment, through updates in SWIFT’s product and service “demo-zone.” Given the strong demand from our users, we will run separate sessions SWIFT’s Financial Crime Compliance portfolio, spanning KYC, analytical and sanctions filtering solutions; as well as on the upcoming Release 7.2 migration.

We hope that you will join us on 12 April! The event will be conducted in Russian, with English simultaneous translation.

We look forward to seeing you in Moscow.

Natalia Dirks
Chairperson Rosswift Steering Committee

Matthieu de Heering
Head of Russia, CIS and Mongolia, SWIFT



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