Monday, 11 September 2017 11:46

Assembly Payments, CurrencyVue to tackle SWIFT payment solutions challenge


Australian fintechs Assembly Payments and CurrencyVue have been selected to take part in the SWIFT gpi industry challenge in Singapore to work with banks to develop new services for financial institutions.

As part of the challenge, the two Australian financial technology companies will work with 30 banks to develop new services for SWIFT’s more than 11,000 financial institution members across 200 countries, leveraging its SWIFT global payment innovation service.  

The challenge takes place in Singapore on 13 and 14 September and two winners will emerge from the Singapore event and will be featured at Sibos — SWIFT’s global flagship event — in Toronto in October this year.

FinTech Australia chief executive Danielle Szetho said: “We’re really pleased to see that Australian payments fintechs have been selected to play a key role on the world stage developing new innovative solutions for many banks around the globe.

{loadpositiion peter}“The selection of Assembly Payments and CurrencyVue for this event reflects the growing leadership of the Australian fintech payments industry, particularly in cross-border payments.

“For instance, a research report by KPMG and the Committee for Sydney  a released in July found that payments was one of three areas seen by industry leaders where Australia has the potential to lead the world.”

CurrencyVue chief executive Matthew Tyrrell said: “Our vision is all about removing the friction in international payments and FX hedging so we see our capabilities being very much aligned to the Swift gpi value proposition.

“Getting our solution in front of decision makers at 30 of the largest global banks is obviously a great opportunity for our business."

And according to Assembly Payments chief executive Simon Lee, there is a “massive upheaval in the global banking environment and it’s encouraging that major institutions are looking to the fintech community to help solve their problems”.

“We look forward to combining with others from across the world to improve the experience of making international payments.”

Szetho says The Scaling the FinTech Opportunity for Sydney and Australia report by KPMG and the Committee for Sydney found that Australia had 128 payments and digital currency companies – more than any other fintech sub-sector, and the next highest category was lending (80 companies) and wealthtech (77 companies).

The report states fintech Australian start-ups are targeting the payments area because "Australian consumers are early adopters of mobile technology, with very high usage of contactless payments...coupled with the advanced nature of digital/mobile offerings from established banks and payments providers”.

Eddie Haddad, managing director of SWIFT Asia Pacific, said: “SWIFT gpi has been met with so much early success and promise, the banks now see the initiative as a primary platform to innovate on.”

“Consequently, SWIFT is organising this global industry challenge to showcase cutting-edge fintechs working with the world’s most progressive banks to develop new services.”

“I expect the challenge will help solve real world problems because SWIFT gpi banks and fintechs will be co-creating overlay services over the gpi rails by using its unique features to enable different use cases in cross-border payments.”

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