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. Through collaboration and partnership across the continent, we have created a digital ecosystem that promotes intra-African trade. 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. Having the right partner, with the right connections, to help you build, shape and grow your prospects, is crucial. It’s how we progress together.

Standard Bank is South Africa’s and Africa’s largest banking group by assets (30 June 2018: R2 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 2019

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 13th 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.

Africa’s sovereign debt crisis: What are the causes and what’s next? African debt levels show no signs of abating, with public debt having risen to over 50% of GDP in 30 African countries and with falling commodity prices and concerns over trade tariffs slowing economic recovery. Development finance institutions such as the World Bank and IMF have a central role to play in determining the future of these countries and of Africa’s wider development. This session will consider the macro-political context, the impact of the recent cyclical downturn, structural changes as well as the important role that private industry has to play. Goolam Ballim, Chief Economist, Standard Bank Group.

“New technologies that manage information and risk more effectively are quietly enabling the participation of a much broader set of players in global trade. These less visible developments are driving global integration, by deepening pluri-lateralism. We need to use these trends to achieve more growth, and leverage Trade Finance to achieve social goals, such as development and employment” says Vinod Madhavan, Head of Trade at Standard Bank. 

Read more on how technology is steadily deepening international trade as global multilateral leadership shifts east.

EuroFinance – Effective Finance & Treasury conference

London, United Kingdom

EuroFinance is the leading global provider of treasury, cash management and risk conferences, training and research, creating innovative events and services for key decision-makers and influencers in global treasury management. This leading global treasury event with a focus on Africa, attracts a high-level corporate treasury and CFO audience. The conference is attended by 170 delegates, including product and sales teams from financial institutions, service providers and corporate treasurers.

As Africa’s largest bank, we are the key solutions provider operating in the region, bringing real solutions to the table through our experience and understanding of this continent we call home.

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