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“With more and more technology creeping into our treasury department, I’d like to know how to tackle cyber security. What are the main threats and what practical steps can treasurers take to help mitigate cyber risk?”
As its members become ever more polarised as to what the solution to stagnant growth in certain member countries might be, Europe is facing an uphill battle to achieve some semblance of unity. With a growing debt burden and limited options available to address it, tensions are rising, says ECR Research.
Although greater intra-African trade may not be a silver bullet for the challenges the continent faces, it does have enormous potential to boost growth and create more sustainable employment. In this article, we examine why trade flows between African nations are currently low, and ask what is being done to reverse the situation.
Swiss packaging glass manufacturer Vetropack realised it had a problem when missing and inaccurate reference data started leading to delays in payments to its suppliers. Its implementation of SWIFTRef turned out to be a simple and highly effective solution.
Interest in distributor finance (DF) programmes appears to be growing among corporates. We examine what is driving this trend and what needs to happen for DF to gain further momentum.
Since gaining independence in the 1960s, Mauritius has evolved from a basic agricultural economy into a sophisticated financial centre. Up to now, the country’s growth has been steady but not stellar. So how can the country maximise its potential going forward?
Tamer Karabulut, Head of Treasury Operations, Türk Telekom, has moved from heavy industry to the high tech world of telecoms via military service and an academic study of law. He is now part-way through a major programme to update, integrate and automate treasury and finance operations.
For businesses considering or already operating in different currencies it is essential they maximise their trading environment with respect to foreign exchange. Getting a good rate is important, but there is far more to it than just driving a hard bargain with the bank. Lisa Francis, Managing Director, Barclays Risk Solutions Group EMEA and Gareth Noble, Managing Director, Barclays Risk Solutions Group FX are on hand to explain.
Commodity price volatility is a major risk to corporates in a variety of industries – and not just the obvious ones. While difficult to predict, it can be managed in a number of ways, ranging from simply raising awareness of the risks to hedging with derivative instruments. But why should corporates be thinking about commodity risk now more than ever before?
From the uptake of mobile payments to the challenges of cross-border treasury, Sunil Veetil, Regional Head of Payments and Cash Management, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at HSBC, shares his insights on key developments in the region.