Most African economies have so far succeeded in navigating a year beset with economic challenges. Writing in TXF, Nabil Frik, Managing Director for Africa and the Middle East at British Arab Commercial Bank, discusses why Francophone Africa has beaten expectations.
Francophone Africa – encompassing 29 countries across the continent – includes some of Africa’s fastest growing economies. As the region works towards a post-pandemic recovery, its relationship with the rest of the world is also undergoing a profound shift, with Francophone Africa replacing its long-standing economic reliance on France with a more multi-polar relationship with other regions.
Read the full article in TXF.
S&P Global Ratings has today published the latest edition of Infrastructure Finance Outlook, the newsletter bringing together in-depth sector analysis and research from across the Infrastructure practice.
This edition focuses on the energy transition and the growing importance of ESG, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated existing trends in the sector. The economic disruption caused by the pandemic is also likely to prompt a new cycle of sustainable infrastructure investment, especially now that the outcome of the US election has become clear.
Read the full newsletter here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the energy sector. Writing in Euractiv, Simon Redmond and Elena Anankina, Senior Directors at S&P Global Ratings, analyse the contrasting effects of the outbreak on the oil and natural gas sectors, and the implications for the wider energy transition.
Oil has suffered the most pronounced short-term impact of all energy sources, with demand falling by over 20 million barrels a day in March and April 2020 alone. On the other hand, gas has remained relatively resilient to the immediate impacts of the pandemic.
The downside for gas, rather, is expected to be longer term: its role as a “bridge fuel” is set to be shortened by an expedited transition to renewables. And, while oil demand has taken a short-term hit, its long term trajectory is set to be largely unchanged. The full article, in Euractiv, can be found here.
The COVID-19 pandemic is shining a spotlight on the importance of stable supply chains – and their role in achieving business continuity. Buyers are markedly more conscious of the impact their suppliers have on their ability to provide services and are increasingly using sophisticated digital tools to help protect them.
Adeline de Metz, UniCredit’s Global Head of Working Capital Solutions explains how corporates must continue to optimise working capital strategies and use tools such as reverse factoring and digital dynamic discounting – which have, promisingly, seen increased adoption since the beginning of the crisis – in order to bolster supply chains and help lay the foundation for economic recovery.
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Commerzbank has launched the latest edition of FI.News, the bank’s newsletter for financial institutions. This issue of the biannual newsletter evaluates how the banking sector is building resilience in the face of changing circumstances following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through interviews and deep-dive articles, Commerzbank’s experts share their latest region- and product-related insights into how the current environment may lead to future innovation and opportunity. The edition contains articles on FIs are accelerating their digital programmes, the importance of ISO 20022 migration, as well as updates on how the COVID-19 crisis has shaped the banking sectors in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
Moorgate-Finn has produced FI.News since 2013. The latest edition can be found here.
The Covid-19 pandemic has shunted aside existing challenges to sit atop treasurers’ priority lists, according to “The resilient treasury: Optimising strategy in the face of covid-19”, a survey run by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and sponsored by Deutsche Bank.
The results show that treasurers are looking to diversify their investments in a bid to mitigate the pandemic impacts, including heightened liquidity, foreign-exchange and interest-rate risk. As many as 55% plan to increase investments in long-term instruments, with 48% increasing investments in bank deposits, another 48% in local investment products, and 47% in money-market funds.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically altered business plans in 2020. It has placed a certain level of strain on treasury processes, but the challenge it presents has been managed by traditional treasury skills. It is clear that pandemic risk will be on the treasury checklist for years to come, but it is one of many risks the department faces and will continue to manage,” says Melanie Noronha, the EIU editor of the report.
The news was covered by: TMI, Treasury Today, CTMfile, Business Money, Trade Finance Global.
In its annual Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards, Investment Week has named S&P Global Ratings as a finalist in two of its hotly-contested 2020 categories.
The first is for “Best Thought Leadership Paper” for its report entitled “Space, The Next Frontier: Spatial Finance And Environmental Sustainability” authored by S&P Global Ratings’ Beth Burks, in which she explores the use of satellite imagery and machine learning to identify shifting climate risk patterns and the potential effects on creditworthiness of US public water utilities.
The credit ratings agency’s Sustainable Finance team is also in the running for Best Sustainable & ESG Research & Ratings Provider, following a year of extensive work developing its suite of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) offerings and timely, essential research throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
The winners will be announced on 26th November 2020.
Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the US liquidity landscape is changing. With low-interest rates already dominating the US because of the 2008 financial crisis, treasurers face greater challenges as they navigate today’s volatile market conditions.
Against this backdrop, Tom Meiman, Product Line Manager for Liquidity Balances and Demand Deposit Account Services, BNY Mellon Treasury Services, and Sam Schwartzman, Head of the IMG Cash Solutions Group, BNY Mellon Markets explore how cash managers can use investment and deposit accounts to effectively optimise their surplus operating cash.
Click here to read Part One and Part Two (the articles have been published in Spanish).
As new real-time payment options emerge and legacy systems are modernised, the payments industry is experiencing a shift from paper to digital processes. This trend is being reinforced by the current challenging environment, which is forcing businesses to rely on the digital environment more than ever.
Against this backdrop, in an article for Payments Journal, Carl Slabicki, Head of Strategic Payment Solutions at BNY Mellon explains that it is critical that banks keep pace with the rate of change – supporting clients as they undertake their own digital journeys.
Read the full article here
Sustainable finance had already been gaining momentum prior to the pandemic, but the current situation has prompted a greater sense of urgency around the need to transition towards a greener global economy. Long Say Huan, senior banker for financial institutions at Commerzbank, explores the role of financial institutions in driving this change in Renewables Investor.
The recent oversubscription of the Kookmin Bank’s COVID-19 Response Sustainability Bond, — the first COVID-related issuance by a non-sovereign institution in Asia — provides tangible evidence of growing interest among financial institutions in prioritising sustainable outcomes. Transitioning to a greener economy, argues Long, requires financial institutions’ perspectives to be adjusted to look beyond immediate commercial gains towards longer-term sustainable profitability.
Read more in Renewables Investor.