Driving collaboration between corporates and banks at the London SWIFT for Corporates User Conference 2017
The annual two-day event, held at SWIFT London offices was attended by international banks and corporate treasurers from across the industries.
The annual two-day event, held at SWIFT London offices was attended by international banks and corporate treasurers from across the industries. The agenda had been carefully planned to cover topics that are particularly relevant in today’s market with a view towards future trends and SWIFT’s key areas of focus. The two days were filled with opportunities to network and the sessions were particularly interactive.
Setting the tone in the event opening plenary, Marc Delbaere, Head of SWIFT for Corporates and Supply Chain markets, highlighted how treasurers continue to be challenged by multi-banking and explained SWIFT’s unique and important role at the heart of the industry in “finding common ground and helping both banks and corporates to do more by working together to shape solutions beneficial to the industry as a whole”. Day one comprised a number of sessions on SWIFT for Corporates topics including a business update and information on relevant service developments. Areas covered ranged from on-boarding with MyStandards, connectivity and messaging solutions like EBAM, the Customer Security Program (CSP), SWIFT gpi and 3SKey.
SWIFT plays a unique and important role at the heart of the industry in finding common ground and helping both banks and corporates to do more by working together to shape solutions beneficial to the industry as a whole.
Marc Delbaere, Head of SWIFT for Corporates and Supply Chain markets
Adding value to this years’ event were a number of insightful customer case studies on Lite2 implementation (Heathrow), MyStandards (JPMorgan Chase), eBAM (BNP Paribas) and 3SKey (Credit Agricole and Intesa Sanpaolo).
A panel discussion on GPI featuring corporate and bank perspectives was chaired by Sebastian Rojas, SWIFT Global Corporate engagement manager, gpi, with Francois Masquelier, Group Treasurer, RTL Group and Phil Hong, Head of Channel Services, EMEA Citi on the panel. This promoted a great deal of interest and interaction with attendees. A key point made was that the SWIFT gpi highlighted that with the right level of industry collaboration, initiatives like this have the potential to move quickly and have a real transformative impact on our day to day working lives.
Day Two featured a stream on Trade Finance with a well-attended session where Marc Delbaere introduced Huny Garg, the newly appointed Head of Trade & Supply Chain at SWIFT. To kick off the morning, Marc and Huny shared information about trade volumes and trends, Huny’s role and the SWIFT vision for the year ahead. Attendees also got a view on 2018 standards updates for Trade and learned from two very interesting customer case studies.
Urban Ljungblom, Nordea gave an engaging account of the commercialisation of MT798 multi-banking in the Nordics. This was followed by a very thorough look at the commercialisation of BPO from Davide Sant, UniCredit. Both organisations were able to provide a depth of knowledge and experience that was very helpful for the large group in the room.
In parallel to the Trade Stream, there were 3 workshops:
- SWIFT gpi – where users discussed the offering and how they wanted to see it evolve.
- KYC for corporates: where SWIFT shared a demo of the existing correspondent banking KYC repository and explored whether it met the requirements of corporates and banks in a world of rising regulatory pressure.
- Bank readiness: where conference attendees discussed how the programme could break through to the next level and turn it into an industry resource and engagement model.
The carefully constructed agenda was at the core of the event’s spirit of collaboration and feedback from attendees has been very positive. SWIFT for Corporates team member and event organiser Stephan Koehler said that “it was great to see high levels of interaction and lots of questions raised during the sessions. It shows that there are many areas where working collaboratively as an industry makes sense and I think it’s great that SWIFT can play an active role in bringing the different players together”.