Building Africa's future through trade finance, custody and cash management


With representation in key markets globally, Standard Bank provides cross-border solutions that make us a key partner in progress. This includes our trusted capabilities in transactional products and services that connect markets, businesses and individuals in, for and across Africa. We are leaders in foreign exchange, trade and custody, with the specialist teams and in-depth research capabilities to help clients negotiate often challenging and complex financial and regulatory cross-border environments. As Africa’s leading bank, we understand the intricacies of local markets, unlock opportunity and manage risk.

Standard Bank is South Africa’s and Africa’s largest banking group by assets (30 June 2017: R1,95 trillion; USD149 billion) with a heritage of over 150 years on the continent, and operations in 20 African countries. We connect our clients to real opportunities through our local insight, proven experience in emerging markets and expertise in the sectors and markets that are key to Africa’s growth.

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 GTR Africa – Trade & Export Finance Week 2018

1 – 2 March 2018, Cape Town, South Africa

Standard Bank is committed to the long-term growth and development of Africa, and we support and participate in events and forums that connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa.

Now in its 12th year, GTR Africa is a crucial networking and discussion forum for Africa’s corporates, financiers, trade specialists, ECAs and service providers. It covers all aspects of trade, export, commodity and infrastructure finance, exploring innovative funding solutions available to African corporates, identifying key African trade hotspots and project opportunities, providing insight into credit and political risks. Standard Bank is a platinum and networking break sponsor for this premier pan-African trade finance gathering.

Standard Bank’s Chief Economist, Goolam Ballim, will be delivering part of the first morning’s plenary session, discussing political uncertainty and the impact on business and the regional economy. This session will provide an interpretation of what key developments mean for regional economic growth, whether we are likely to see a pause on investment decisions and whether financiers are treading water.

Standard Bank’s Head of Trade, Vinod Madhavan, will be part of a discussion on the potential of blockchain as part of the stream on the role of fintech in Africa. It will include comment on aligning the aspirations of shifting largely manual and paper-based trade finance business to achieve operational efficiencies through increasing digitisation with the reality of realising the opportunity in Africa.

EuroFinance – Effective Treasury and Finance conference

8 March 2018, London, United Kingdom

As a leading global treasury conference with a focus on Africa, this one day event offers the opportunity to meet treasurers and finance professionals operating in Africa to unlock the potential of this dynamic region. As an official sponsor and exhibitor, Standard Bank will be there to engage with industry professionals to deepen understanding of the opportunities, while working to manage and mitigate risk. As Africa’s largest Bank, we bring real solutions to the table through our experience and understanding of this continent we call home.


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