Swift has announced that the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, will open its African Regional Conference (ARC), taking place in Accra on 18-20 June 2019.

ARC is an annual event which will bring together over 500 high senior financial professionals from across the continent to discuss Africa’s evolving payments landscape, how the financial industry is embracing and delivering change for its customers, and how to manage risk in an increasingly digitised world.

Alain Raes, Chief Executive of Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific at SWIFT, said: “We are honoured that His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo will deliver the keynote address and open our flagship African event.

ARC 2019 promises to deliver a thought-provoking agenda with senior speakers and dignitaries from across the continent sharing their insights and shaping the future of financial services in Africa.”

The theme of this year’s African Regional Conference is ‘Enabling the Digital Economy’. Other confirmed speakers at the conference include:

Julian Opuni, CEO, Fidelity Bank Ghana
Mervat Soltan, Chairperson, Export Development Bank Egypt
Matthieu Vacarie, General Director, YUP (Societe Generale)
Abiodun Kasim, Treasurer, Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas
Chipo Mushwana, Head of Ecosystem Development & Strategy, Nedbank
Jack Ngare, Executive Director, Finserve Africa, Equity Bank Group
Dr. Kasirim Nwuke, Chief of New Technologies and Innovation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Aly Abdel Raouf , Head of Operations, Qatar National Bank Alahli, Egypt
Kevin Rudahinduka, Head of Digital Banking, Bank of Kigali
Dale Morris, Research & Development, BankservAfrica
Christabel Onyejekwe , Executive Director, Technology & Operations, Nigeria Interbank Settlement System
Fashina Tomisin, Group CIO, Ecobank
Connie Mkhize, Technology Delivery Manager, BankservAfrica
Pattisson Boleigha, Chief Conduct & Compliance Officer, Access Bank
Bahiyya Kara, Head of Compliance, Corporate and Investment Banking, Standard Bank
Elly Ohene Adu, Financial Inclusion Consultant, Ghana

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, 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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