BAFT and CGI Launch Trade Technology Survey at 2020 Virtual International Convention
BAFT and CGI recently conducted a survey of more than 200 BAFT members in an effort to better understand the current state of technological advancements in trade, and how the pandemic has accelerated their importance and need.
WASHINGTON – More than 70 percent of bank respondents reported a culture of increased innovation in trade finance during the last year, according to a new survey conducted by BAFT, the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, and CGI, a multinational, independent IT and business consulting services firm. In fact, nearly 85 percent of survey participants reported increased digitization efforts at their financial institution in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BAFT and CGI conducted its survey of more than 200 BAFT members in the summer of 2020 in an effort to better understand the current state of technological advancements in trade, and how the pandemic has accelerated their importance and need.
The survey found that banks have been driving new digitization efforts, forming consortia with financial and corporate partners, searching for compliance solutions, and re-examining existing processes to create efficient operations.
“Over the last 10 years of my career, we have been discussing automating trade finance processes,” said Stacey Facter, senior vice president, trade products, BAFT. “COVID-19 has underscored the need to move away from paper and seemingly expedited the transition. BAFT works to identify barriers to innovation and address them head on to continue driving the global trade finance industry to embrace digitalization.”
Digitization initiatives are underpinned by technologies such as blockchain/DLT platforms, intelligent process automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, and robotic process automation.
“The BAFT and CGI survey reveals that while banks continue to face legal, regulatory, and compliance challenges, the industry is making advances with newer technologies that support integrated platforms and provide seamless transactional workflows,” said Patrick DeVilbiss, director of consulting, trade and supply chain solutions, CGI.
The full survey and results will be presented at BAFT’s 2020 Virtual International Convention on Thursday, November 19 at 10:35 ET / 15:35 GMT during the ‘Trade Technology: Today’s Focuses, Tomorrow’s Promises’ session. This session will discuss the results of the survey and provide insight on the current state of technological advancement in trade featuring Normand D’Arcy, senior manager, international services, National Bank of Canada; Patrick DeVilbiss, director of consulting, trade and supply chain solutions, CGI; Stacey Facter, senior vice president, trade products, BAFT; and Marc Smith, CEO & founder, Conpend.
To view the survey’s results including respondents top technology investments over the next five years, top challenges in meeting shifting business needs, culture of innovation, fintech collaboration, and more, visit our Library of Documents under the Surveys section or click here.