Sibos 2017: entertainment guide – return to Toronto

Toronto, home of Sibos 2017

Swift’s annual event, Sibos, was last held in Toronto in 2011, so many delegates will already have explored the city and know what’s in store. But for those who have yet to visit, read on.

More banks nuzzle up to Swift’s nostro blockchain project

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Swift has revealed that 22 additional banks have joined its blockchain proof of concept (PoC), designed to validate whether the technology can help banks reconcile their international nostro accounts in real time. The PoC is part of the Swift gpi (global payments innovation) service, its new standard for cross-border payments. As reported previously, gpi has […]

Money’s the honey for Swift global payments innovation challenge

New addition to Swift's network

Swift is offering funding of up to €200,000 for the two winning fintech finalists of its industry challenge to develop new overlay services that use its global payments innovation (gpi) platform. The winners will work with banks on collaborative concepts that solve additional industry challenges in cross-border payments on top of gpi. As reported previously, […]

Swift unveils new instant payments solution for Europe


Swift has launched an instant payments messaging solution for the European market, offering a single gateway to multiple systems, and available by November 2018. According to Swift, this latest development builds on its earlier deal in Australia. In 2015, it was awarded the contract to deliver the messaging infrastructure to underpin Australia’s new payments platform, […]

Four Australian banks sign up for Swift’s global payments innovation

New addition to Swift's network

Four Australian banks, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ), Commonwealth Bank, National Australia Bank (NAB) and Westpac are now live or planning to implement Swift’s global payments innovation (gpi) initiative. According to Swift, these Australian banks represent over 80% of cross-border payments flow for Australia. The banks all say the same stuff – so […]

Swift unveils “first ever” cross-border payments tracker

New addition to Swift's network

Corporate treasurers have a moment to treasure as Swift has unveiled its new cross-border payments “Tracker” for real-time tracing. Swift says Tracker is the “cornerstone” of its global payments innovation (gpi) initiative – which went live in February – with the aim to deliver greater speed, transparency and end to end tracking. Tracker provides a […]

Trio triumph in Innotribe’s African start-up challenge


Innotribe, Swift’s innovation arm, has revealed the three winners of its third 2017 Startup Challenge for Africa in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Each start-up receives a €10,000 cash prize and will share their insights about innovation in Africa at Sibos in Toronto. The trio are: IroFit Technologies – offers small businesses processing for in-store mobile/card payments […]

Swift Business Forum London 2017: Thrive or survive for UK financial services?

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Despite the drama of Brexit the UK finserv industry has the “critical mass” to stay in its pole position – was one view from the Swift Business Forum London 2017. At Tobacco Dock in the East End of London, blockchain didn’t dominate like last year, but the spectre of the UK’s divorce from Europe did. […]

Swift launches blockchain proof of concept

New addition to Swift's network

Swift has launched a proof of concept (PoC) to explore whether blockchain/distributed ledger technology (DLT) can be used by banks to improve the reconciliation of their nostro databases in real time. Under the current correspondent banking model, Swift says banks need to monitor the funds in their overseas accounts via debit and credit updates and […]

Swift calling time on cybercrime with new payment controls

New addition to Swift's network

Swift has unveiled a new real-time payment controls service to add to its customers’ existing fraud controls. The new fraud and cybercrime prevention service will enable its customers to screen their payment messages according to their own chosen parameters, “enabling them to immediately detect any unusual message flows before transmission”. Yawar Shah, chairman of Swift, […]