Crown Agents Bank’s insights on African FX trends published by the Business Council for Africa (BCA)

David Bee, Head of Global Markets at Crown Agents Bank, explores the recent trends in the African foreign-exchange landscape and explains how currency volatility might be managed. The article can be viewed on the BCA website here.

UniCredit’s Thomas Dusch on the lessons learnt since the instant payments go live in TMI

With the European Payments Council’s SCT Inst scheme going live across Europe in November 2017, Thomas Dusch, Deputy Global Head of Global Transaction Banking at UniCredit discusses in Treasury Management International the lessons learnt in the months since – arguing that excellent client uptake and system stability are reasons for optimism, while collaborative solutions must …

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East Africa needs to regionalise – Commerzbank’s Christian Toben writes for African Review

Ethiopia and Kenya are doing much to bring the region closer together, according to Commerzbank’s Regional Head of Africa. Read more on page 16 of the new issue.

S&P Global Ratings’ Jessica Williams assesses the technologies powering the renewable energy boom for Marine Technology Reporter

Thanks to increasing levels of debt financing for climate-aligned projects, wind-generated power has become one of the fastest-growing green industries. Jessica Williams, Infrastructure Analyst at S&P Global Ratings, considers the undersea transmission cables that are making this progress possible by spurring distribution of the energy created. Read the full article here.

Blockchain-based trade shifts up a gear: Commerzbank and Audi drive progress with the Batavia platform

Commerzbank has successfully executed its first pilot transactions for corporate clients, including Audi, with Batavia – the blockchain-based trade finance platform supported by IBM and other major banks. The transactions facilitated the export to Spain of cars from Germany and textiles from Austria. The news was covered in Global Trade Review, The Blockchain, Global Banking …

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CAB explains why it is “sticking to its knitting” in latest TXF Q&A

Albert Maasland, CEO of Crown Agents Bank, explains what it takes to be a challenger bank that is 200 years old, and how the Bank will continue to do what it does best as it keeps digitally evolving. To read the full Q&A, click here (please note the paywall).

Not just a “start-up nation” – Bank Leumi (UK)’s Michael Duval outlines Israel’s commercial potential in Global Trade Review

Michael Duval, the Bank’s Chief Business Officer, explains in a targeted article why companies are choosing Israel for their importing and exporting activity.

S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins interviewed by Bizz Energy on environment and climate risk in credit ratings

“Are companies worrying about climate change?” Bizz Energy asks Michael Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings. While acknowledging that it is difficult to draw concrete conclusions at this stage, Michael spoke of a recent trend in global corporate ratings that could indicate that corporates are beginning to manage some forms of E&C …

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S&P Global Ratings’ ACS SCE Green Evaluation covered by the specialist water press

ACS Servicios Comunicaciones y Energía S.L.’s (ACS SCE) €750 million worth of green notes has received an S&P Global Ratings’ Green Evaluation score of E1/83. This high score is supported by proceeds allocated to renewable energy and water projects in countries with medium carbon intensity grids and medium to high water stress – and is …

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BNY Mellon’s Monika Aminiova discusses SWIFT gpi adoption in Finance Digest

Writing for Finance Digest, BNY Mellon’s Monika Aminiova, EMEA Cash Management Business Development Manager, Treasury Services, takes an in-depth look at how the payments sector could be transformed by SWIFT gpi, and how banks can help the initiative take root. Although still being rolled out, SWIFT gpi’s impact on both the speed and transparency of …

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