SWIFT to host its 26th edition of African Regional Conference in Accra


SWIFT has announced that it will hold the 26th edition of the African Regional Conference (ARC) on 18-20 June 2019 in Accra, Ghana.

Supported by the Bank of Ghana, ARC 2019 will bring together over 500 leading financial services professionals representing from across the continent and beyond.

Delegates will 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.

Dr Ernest Addison, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said: “Ghana has recently undergone major reforms to overhaul its banking sector and improve governance.

The SWIFT African Regional Conference comes at the opportune time as we continue to engage financial services stakeholders and partners.

We look forward to hosting hundreds of leading financial experts at ARC and discussing the most significant issues facing West Africa and the continent as a whole.”

Sido Bestani, Regional Director, Middle East, Turkey & Africa, SWIFT, said: “West Africa is fast growing, fast moving and holds some of Africa‟s most influential economies. The region has created a compelling and accessible marketplace, holds several regional payments systems, and fosters a strong coherent voice through cooperation and regulatory alignment.

We‟re delighted that Accra will play host to SWIFT‟s African Regional Conference and provide a backdrop for senior financial professionals to meet, network and share best practices.”
The theme of this year‟s African Regional Conference is „Enabling the digital economy’.
Sessions will focus on:

Intra-African trade – is this Africa’s greatest economic opportunity?  Financial inclusion and the transformation of the payments sector . The digital reinvention of payments – embracing new technology Re-engineering international payments for a fast, digital age Real-time payments: is Africa ready? Remaining relevant in an open banking world Can we ever counter the weakest link in cyber security – the people? How banks are embracing technology to optimise compliance.

SWIFT will in due course announce the expert speakers and panelists set to participate in ARC 2019.


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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