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Transaction Banking and Financial Supply Chain Dialogue   |   6th October 2015

Banks in Middle East and Africa are growing regionally and internationally requiring strong online platforms including treasury functions as well as the ability to offer clients end to end supply chain finance. Competition is becoming more intense and regional thus banks need to differentiate with technology and solutions to compete with other FIs and non-bank players in a price driven economy.

Meanwhile supply chain for today’s companies has become one of the key determining factors for competitive advantage. It isn’t just a complementary function, but is core to the business. The financial supply chain supporting is still in its early stages. Financial institutions would like to be providers of capital, liquidity and cash flow to corporates although the implementation is still lacking momentum. How to sweat assets, improve working capital and ease the transactions within the supply chain are the areas that financial institutions have opportunities to grow.

The Transaction Banking and Financial Supply Chain Dialogue at Future of Finance Summit will examine the challenges Middle Eastern and African banks face, identify solutions and innovations to achieve operational efficiency and to overcome distrust among its clients while expanding transaction services.  Adding the practical issues of businesses’ day- to-day operations and the importance of achieving enhanced synergies within a supply chain to optimise strategic organisational decisions.

The event provides a platform for the most senior practitioners in financial institutions to keep a continuous interactive relationship with corporates and  peers. Catching up with the emerging opportunities by learning the latest happenings and identifying space for progress to the next level

The event is designed in a highly interactive roundtable format to facilitate the exchange of ideas. It is specifically designed for heads of transaction banking and their senior management with CFOs, treasurers, chief supply chain officers from corporates.

Key decision makers from these organisations have confirmed their attendance,

  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank
  • Citi Bank
  • Dubai Islamic Bank
  • Emerson Radio Corp & Weyland Tech Inc.
  • Emirates NBD
  • Falcon Private Bank
  • First Gulf Bank
  • Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Limited
  • Institute of Management Technology, Dubai
  • Jumbo Electronics LLC
  • Mashreq Bank 
  • Mattex Group
  • Merrill Lynch International
  • National Bank Abu Dhabi
  • National Bank of Fujairah 
  • Standard Chartered
  • Qatar National Bank
  • Wells Fargo


Future of Finance Summit 2015, Middle East & Africa
Transaction Banking and Financial Supply Chain Dialogue

Tuesday, 6 October 2015




Welcome Note
Emmanuel Daniel, Chairman, The Asian Banker

Key trends in transaction banking in MEA region
Presentation by Mobasher Zein Kazmi, Head of Research, The Asian Banker

Regional supply chain challenges and growth opportunities in the MEA Region

As the Middle East emerges to become one of the top global logistics hubs, supply chain players in the region now play a more central role and are faced with greater pressure than ever before. The region is gearing up to take relevant steps in promoting sustainability. Support from government is crucial in providing the many trading companies with the structures and solutions needed to allow them to reach their full potential.

  • Trade and capital flows in the Middle East and Africa region
  • Crossroads between three continents, how to maximize this strategic position?
  • Securing growth in a global customer and supplier networks
  • Risk management involves the end-to-end process
  • Cash flows stretching ability of suppliers to meet orders
  • Safeguarding working capital and liquidity
  • Government support inside the MEA region
  • LC, payment certainty vs. speed? What are other alternatives?
  • How can banks respond to visibility issues across physical and financial supply chains from the electronic environment?
  • Islamic banking standardization of paperwork and compliance
Chaired by Farrah Brake, Manager, Middle East & Africa, The Asian Banker


Coffee Break


Leveraging on technology to enhance efficiency and create a strong framework for end to end supply chain finance

  • Building a future-proof infrastructure for regional transaction banking business
  • Automation to create paperless environment and improve end to end supply chain financing utilizing direct debit, iban scanner, BPO
  • Better systems and automation to improve end to end supply chain financing.
  • Building strong online treasury platform for supply chain finance
  • What’s that exporter and importer would want: speed, visibility of transaction, security and exceptions processing
  • Reducing risk and transaction cost with supply chain finance
  • The role of innovation in building a competitive GTB business
  • Digitalization- electronic exchange, stronger capability for CM systems
Chaired by Bob Blower, International Resource Director, The Asian Banker



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