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Virtual Executive Roundtable

Intra-Africa Trade and Supply Chains

Joining the Pieces of the Jigsaw Puzzle


27 August, 2021


1.30 PM

In Partnership with


Trade and supply volume is projected to grow into 2028 far beyond previously known levels, but are banks ready for tomorrow?

Respondents to a Finastra survey in Africa said that 85% of banks had developed their trade finance systems in-house. Banks simply haven’t been able to invest in sophisticated digital trading platforms in the past. However, to break past the plateau of manual processes and disjointed systems, banks must find a way to ease cost pressures and grow their trade finance businesses sustainably as trade volumes look set to increase.

To support businesses after the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), banks need a new approach to total working capital finance. The answer must come from standardised, best-practice working capital. Trade and supply chain finance will talk to standard APIs, removing the complexity and cost of connecting to multi-bank platforms and other marketplaces. Total working capital finance will enable banks to pivot to new products quickly, adapting their offering and creating a richer marketplace for trade finance.

Ultimately for banks in Africa; total working capital finance offers the opportunity to go beyond and win market share.

In this exclusive virtual roundtable discussion, we invite Banks to join Finastra and Connect Global Group to explore the current and future state of Trade in Africa.

Key Discussion Points

Roundtable guests will delve into where Trade and Supply Chain finance is going in a post-covid world, by addressing:

  • How financial institutions are dealing with the fast evolution of Trade?

  • When and where to start the Trade Digitilization journey?

  • What the roadmap is to leverage automation?

  • How to better leverage ecosystems?

Meeting Agenda

13:30 pm SAST 

Welcome and Introductions | Connect Global Group

13.33 pm SAST

Opening Remarks | The Current Trends & Trade Landscape in Africa

13.45 pm SAST

Open Discussion | Live discussion and interaction between roundtable attendees and panelists

14.25 pm SAST

Closing Remarks | Connect Global Group

Executive Roundtable Panel
Executive Roundtable Participants from
About our Partner

At Finastra our purpose is to unlock the power of finance for everyone & redefine finance for good. We’re the orchestrator of open finance; building and delivering innovative, next-generation technology on our open Fusion software architecture and cloud ecosystem. We’re one of the world’s largest FinTechs, working with over 9,000 customers including 90 of the top 100 banks globally.

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