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Postcard from Asia

Last week I spent time in both Hong Kong and Singapore, touching base with our members as well as current and potential stakeholders. It was fantastic to meet so many people who have been part of the ACT in Asia in one way or another over the last 10 years, especially hearing from them how much they value us as their association, or indeed as a partner. What came home to me was our uniqueness – because we are the leading advocate for treasurers globally, and we support our members when things get tough, our members are loyal to us,

From Brussels to New York (via Dubai)

It has been a busy few weeks with work travel, and I wanted to share with you a few of the key insights that I have gained from the many conversations I have been having. Mid-March saw me participate in the European ACT’s Treasury Summit in Brussels – which brought together corporate treasurers from across Europe. A great event, and thanks in particular to those ACT members who participated in the sessions. A key focus was FinTech, and we also talked about Brexit, leadership/development, innovation and diversity, and. sustainable finance. Key insight: treasurers are going to have to innovate in

I didn’t have time…

“I don’t have time” is something we say a lot, but often it is a case of prioritising what is on your to-do list. If you find yourself fire-fighting and chasing one deadline after the other without ever doing the ‘other stuff’ you wanted to do, these tips may help you to regain control. 1. Make a big list of the stuff you want to do It could include anything, for example: run a marathon, create a photo album, bring in two massive deals for your company, learn a language, raise money for a charity. Add anything you want to

ACT Smart Cash Management Conference roundup

Everyone’s familiar with the saying ‘too much of a good thing’ but when it comes to looking after the lifeblood of an organisation, its cash, is it true? Well no, I don’t happen to think so. The ACT’s recent Smart Cash Management Conference 2018 rather made my point. Exciting start to #smartcash18 with opening remark from Chair Peter Matza @actupdate — Bandhu P. Das (@ibpdas) March 14, 2018 Can you have too many smart people working through a range of workshop problems on international cash management, sharing experiences and offering innovative ideas and solutions? Doubt it. Can there be

#ACTAF18: treasury highlights from Kenya

With an abundance of new technologies, a shifting political and economic landscape and new ways of working, the environment in which we are working in East Africa is changing rapidly. With the influence of the treasury community growing in scope, the challenge of the ACT East Africa Treasury Forum was to answer how we can maximise our impact, value and efficiency in this setting – a challenge which was met with overwhelming positivity on 7 February when over 100 treasury, finance and risk professionals met in Nairobi. Highlights  an informative opening keynote from Ignatius Chica from Citi. With the overall macroeconomic outlook

Australia’s New Payments Platform – a guide for the international treasurer

Australia has recently followed the lead of the UK’s Fast Payments Service and Singapore’s Fast and Secure Transfers to introduce its own real time payments service – the New Payments Platform (NPP). The NPP will provide significant advances in the ability to transfer Australian dollars, within country, relative to the existing payment platforms available. Key features of NPP payments are: Payments are virtually instantaneous – with a service level agreement that funds will reach the beneficiary’s account in approximately 10-15 seconds There is no limit on the size of transactions which the NPP can process subject to the correspondent bank

Well worth venturing out in the snow for

Under the title ‘Brexit – the final countdown’ and with just over one year left until ‘Brexit date’ on 29 March 2019, the ACT breakfast briefing on 1 March centred around the key question: what will Brexit mean for corporate treasurers? Well worth venturing out in the snow for This was the succinct description of the event by one of the delegates. And despite what were probably the most adverse weather conditions in which the ACT has ever run an event in London, the very respectable delegate turnout proved once again our membership’s high interest in Brexit implications on corporate

#SMARTCASH18: David Shinkins, Barclays

As a membership association for treasury, it’s our mission to ensure our events deliver insight and expertise for treasurers everywhere. That’s why our treasury events are led and shaped by treasurers themselves. The ACT Smart Cash Management Conference, 14-15 March 2018, is no exception, and has long been a thriving hub for all things cash management. This year we have recruited four influential, experienced professionals [or practitioners] to join a Cashback panel focused on the programme content to ensure the audience is provided with fresh thinking. The panel will meet throughout the conference and provide live commentary and insight from


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