Monday, 22 April 2024

Swift and Wise join forces to expand cross-border payment options globally

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Swift and Wise today announced an innovative collaboration to increase cross-border payment options for financial institutions and their customers, enabling payments sent securely via Swift to complete seamlessly over Wise with end-to-end transparency.

Financial institutions seeking to innovate their offerings will be able to route Swift payment messages directly to Wise Platform - Wise’s infrastructure solution for banks and major enterprises - through its latest correspondent services solution. This will enable their customers to benefit from the speed and convenience of Wise, and the breadth of Swift without needing to implement any major changes to their systems.

Wise Platform will harness advanced Swift capabilities to power its service, including cloud and API connectivity and payment pre-validation and will continue to offer banks all the hallmark features of Swift GPI, including a payment status tracker which Wise Platform will update to ensure end-to-end view across both networks.

The collaboration, announced in Toronto at the annual Sibos conference, is the start of a broader relationship and comes as increased innovation and fragmentation in the financial ecosystem is creating more ways for money to move — and more consumer demand for choice. It reflects the importance of new forms of collaboration to provide optionality while maintaining secure, reliable and inclusive connectivity. And it is directly aligned with both G20 and UN Sustainable Development Goals on the speed, transparency, cost and access of cross-border transactions.

Steve Naudé, managing director of Wise Platform, said: "We know that banks face a number of challenges when it comes to enhancing their international payments, including that this often requires them to embed technology which is incompatible with legacy infrastructure. By simultaneously leveraging existing payment architecture and optimising payouts using Wise's global network, we are empowering banks to innovate effortlessly. Our network, combined with Swift’s extensive reach and trackability, will make international payments more convenient, faster and lower cost for banks, without necessitating a major tech build.”

Wise’s global payments network enables over 57% of customers’ cross-border payments to settle instantly (in under 20 seconds), and over 90% to settle in under an hour. By leveraging Wise Platform’s correspondent services solution, financial institutions only need to make one simple configuration change and their customers will instantly benefit from faster, lower-cost and more convenient international payments.

Thierry Chilosi, chief strategy officer at Swift, said: "Swift has built an infrastructure that connects the world, that is trusted and relied upon every day. Our collaboration with Wise illustrates how Swift can be the bedrock from which the whole industry can innovate to improve cross-border payments and enhance the options available for customers across the globe. Cooperation such as this will be vital in our collective efforts to achieve the G20 targets for cross-border payments and enable the seamless, efficient and secure movement of value around a fragmented world."

Swift provides best-in-class infrastructure that interoperates seamlessly across geographies, networks and technologies while neutrally supporting fiat or digital currencies. It supports an inclusive and sustainable global finance system, securely interconnecting more than 11,500 institutions across more than 200 countries and territories to move the equivalent of world GDP roughly every three days. Through strong focus on innovation, it is consistently raising the bar on the cross-border experience with advanced capabilities that remove friction, accelerate speed and increase security and transparency.

Wise CEO Kristo Käärmann and Swift CEO Javier Pérez-Tasso will further discuss the collaboration during a joint discussion on Tuesday, 19 September at Sibos.

 

Re-disseminated by The Asian Banker

 

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