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Swift offers secure financial messaging services to CIPS

Swift offers secure financial messaging services to CIPS

25 March 2016 | 3 min read

Swift and CIPS sign memorandum of understanding on cross-border interbank payment system cooperation

Brussels, 25 March 2016 – Swift has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China International Payment Service Corp., (CIPS Co.).

The MOU sets out plans for a strategic collaboration to develop China’s Cross-border Interbank Payment System (CIPS) using Swift as the secure, efficient and reliable channel to connect CIPS with Swift’s global user community. Swift Chief Executive of Asia Pacific and EMEA, Alain Raes and CIPS Executive Director, Li Wei signed the MOU in Beijing on 25th March 2016. 

“China International Payment Service Corp. is looking forward to benefitting from Swift’s platform and services to provide an efficient and convenient channel to the global financial community. We aim to provide an inclusive platform to capture cross-border RMB flows to all types of participants which will significantly extend the reach of RMB internationalisation”, Li said.

Raes said, “Swift is a global messaging provider supporting more than 150 payment and settlement systems, and CIPS is a payment system. There are natural synergies between global financial messaging services, such those provided by Swift, and payment systems. Working with such market infrastructures is at the heart of our business”.

Swift is a member-owned cooperative with more than 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries. To attain RMB internationalisation worldwide requires the global reach and connectedness of a network such as Swift’s. To date, 1,700 financial institutions have made RMB transactions using the Swift network. Swift has operated in China for over 30 years and nearly 400 Chinese financial institutions and corporations are connected to Swift today. 

About China International Payment Service Corp.
China International Payment Service Corp. is a clearing institution established within the territory of the People’s Republic of China, which is approved by People’s Bank of China (PBC) and subjected to PBC’s supervision. China International Payment Service Corp is responsible for the operations and maintenance of CIPS, including the management of its participants and business promotions etc.

About Swift
Swift is a global member-owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services.

We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and financial crime compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories, enabling them to communicate securely and exchange standardised financial messages in a reliable way.  As their trusted provider, we facilitate global and local financial flows, support trade and commerce all around the world; we relentlessly pursue operational excellence and continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies.

Headquartered in Belgium, Swift’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. Swift’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.

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Jaime Lee
Head of Public Affairs & Communications, Asia Pacific
+852 96699 171