Year: 2018

Modernizing Trade Finance with the LEI

The Legal Entity Identifier is the key to a faster, cheaper and more secure future in commercial transactions The commercial transaction lifecycle is complex and, in today’s digitized world, requires a surprisingly large amount of manual processing. A huge opportunity exists to leverage automated entity identity verification technologies like the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI), to …

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Business Cases for Intelligent Trade Finance. Melanie Cutlan, Mike Walker, David Bannister

About this webinar Intelligent Trade Services demand a new approach. Smart objects, smart contracts and smart analytics mean banks are rapidly learning how to balance trade digitisation with the new demands of real-time infrastructure and corporate client supply chains. This interview will explore the short, medium and long term business cases driving banks towards more …

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Unlock Business Value with Blockchain – Shannon Gilbertson, Melanie Cutlan, Kevin Mintz, Andrey Tkachuk

There’s good news for companies seeking ways to use digital technologies to improve their value chains. Blockchain is emerging as a powerful tool for dramatically restructuring how companies work together and, in the process, unlocking trapped value that’s currently tied up in repetitive, time-consuming processes. And, when coupled with technologies such as robotic process automation, …

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Pascal Lamy; Chair of the Paris Peace Forum Steering Committee thinks Polylateral Governance is the way forward

We have a growing global governance deficit. On the one side exists rising global challenges (such as climate change or cybersecurity), on the other remains decreasing international cooperation and threats to multilateralism. Not that global governance should be thought of as a global version of local governance. It is inevitably much more difficult than local …

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Toni Townes-Whitley discusses ‘The Imperative for Technology & Sustainability’

Earlier this year, I wrote about the intersection of technology and sustainability. Since then, the challenges to our climate remain a clear and present danger. Making recent headlines is an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report—Global Warming of 1.5°C—that warns we have just 12 short years to save the planet. The report sends …

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Developing intelligent cities through digital transformation by Trudi Norris-Grey

This year at Smart City Expo World Congress, the industry-leading event for urbanization, Microsoft will showcase leaders and technologies enabling the digital transformation of smart cities. This blog post is the first in a series about how a connected city—powered by our intelligent cloud and intelligent edge platform—can be more sustainable, prosperous, and inclusive. Join Microsoft and its partners at SCEWC …

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The Digital Transformation of Trade calls for a new way of thinking writes David Hennah, Chair; World Trade Board

The digital transformation of trade calls for a new way of thinking, affecting both market conventions and classifications, writes David Hennah, Head of Trade & Supply Chain Finance at Finastra. Many commentators have said that trade isn’t about goods. Trade is about information. Goods sit in the warehouse until information moves them. Certainly, the business …

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Blockchain in Trade Finance (Pt 2) by Mike Walker & Cecile LeRuste

Re-think & Redesign (Part 2) In the first blog in this series, we looked at some of the factors affecting the trade finance environment and at how banks are seeking new approaches to this economically vital and potentially profitable line of business. We find banks now focusing on three major areas in trade finance: Customer …

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Blockchain in Trade Finance by Mike Walker & Cecile LeRuste

The Need for Change (Part 1) The role of the bank in the trade finance industry has historically been to satisfy four main areas: 1) facilitation of secure payment execution; 2) the provision of finance; 3) the management of data and information, and 4) the mitigation of risk. In today’s market all these services are …

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