28-29 August 2017


Alignment of Payment Initiatives in Africa
– Towards Seamless Interoperability

This boutique event brings together central bankers, regulators, FSIs and other industry experts to deliberate and share experiences on different aspects of the broader payments systems framework and transaction space.

The 16-member states that form the SADC region are continuously striving for both continental and inter-continental integration to improve socio-economic growth through deeper cooperation, good governance and the promotion of peace. Crucial to the realisation of these goals is greater alignment and interoperability of the different banking systems across the 16 countries to achieve a more standardised payment framework. The diversity in the region however has also led to different levels of technical and economic sophistication, where a key dilemma persists relative to financial inclusion for the many un/underbanked people in the region. What are the new building blocks for this integration? How can the SADC jurisdictions align the governance and legislation and what steps are needed to bridge this gap?

Four key areas will be the focus of this year’s inaugural GPS event and several deep-diving sessions will ensure high level debate in these topics:

  • Interpreting the SADC dream
  • Exploring the dilemmas
  • Calibrating the distance
  • Understanding the direction

The inaugural SADC chapter of Global Payment Summit will bring together the key players in all Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) instrumental in the quest for this enhanced payments and banking ecosystem and will provide a focus on how these objectives can be realised. The event will draw on best practices from other regions including regulatory issues, as well as the positive benefits to be gleaned from the huge FinTech advances and innovation both regionally and internationally. We will look at the latest national developments in e-payments and wallets as well as the larger, cross-border regional platforms that are transforming the African payments landscape. Also in focus will be the cashless initiatives across the region enabling the unbanked and geographically remote to transact seamlessly.

We are working on this year’s program! If you have suggestions, please email them directly to David Roberts, Global Director of Payments, Email: droberts@currency-research.com

Check out our program!


Africa – GPS 2019 Program At a Glance

  Day 1 - 27 Aug 2019
08.00Welcome & Registration
09.00Welcome by Gonzalo Santamaria
09.15Keynote Opening: Sharing the Vision for Africa - The 10,000 Meter Optic

Paula Buchel, Associate Director, Deloitte Consulting (Pty) LTD
09.35Regional Integration - Challenges Ahead
- Aligning domestic payment systems
- How to mitigate the differences in governance structures and consequent effects ?
- Regulatory and Legislative developments and key considerations
- Review on open banking

Martin Grunewald | Executive Head: Payments Business | BankservAfrica
10.20Networking Break
10.50Project Future
Maurits Pretorius | Strategy and Communications Executive | PASA
Chris Hamilton | CEO | BankservAfrica
11.45Interoperability in Mobile Payments
  • Technical, operational, commercial, political and strategic aspects of interoperability

  • Best practices from across the continent

  • How to achieve interoperability at scale and ensure maximum consumer benefits

Charles Niehaus | Consultant, Payments and Mobile Money | CGAP and IFC
Victoria Mojuto | Executive Head | Vodacom
Rachel Balsham | Deputy CEO | MFS Africa
Marcello Schermer | Head of Expansion | Yoco (moderator)
14.00Aligning Real Time Payments
- Modernising central payments infrastructure to enable a real-time future
- Building of a cross-border real time payments in the region
- How do end users benefit ?

Arthur Cousins | Payments Project Coordinator | SADC Banking Association
Brad Gillis | Head of Payments African Regions | Standard Bank Group

Ruhling Herbst | Head: Growth & Transformation | BankservAfrica
Vickey Ganesh | Payments Consultant to Commercial Banks and other Payments Stakeholders (moderator)
14.45The Transition to Faster Payments: The US Story
- The Federal Reserve journey
- How it has decided to first encourage and now directly participate in the payments solution market

Shaun Ferrari | Managing Director, American and Caribbean | Currency Research
15.30Networking Break
16.00Moving Money in Africa - How to Drive Change and Lower Costs in Remittance
- The interplay between competition law and consumer protection in mobile financial services
- How regulators use consumer protection as remedy for competition concerns on the financial services in Africa

Victoria Mojuto | Executive Head | Vodacom
16.45Update on the SARB Central Bank Digital Currency Initiative

Johann Bence | Head of Currency Management Department | South African Reserve Bank (SARB)
17:30Cocktail Reception


   Day 2 - 28 Aug 2019
08.00Networking Breakfast, hosted by African Women in FinTech & Payments (AWFP)
08.30Welcome & Registration
09.00Recap & Opening by Gonzalo Santamaria
09.15Financial Inclusion - The African Landscape
- Overview of Financial Inclusion projects and issues in the region
- Learnings from other regions?
- Central Bank / regulator initiatives
- What are the key themes emerging ?

Jackie Kitiibwa | Programme Manager | MEFMI
Jan Pilbauer | Chief Payments and Innovation Officer | BankservAfrica
Graeme Holmes | Founder | The Grahamstown Project (moderator)
10.15Mobile Payments and eMoney
- A comparison to traditional payment rails
- What lessons can Africa take from the Alipay and WeChat ecosystems?
- Can tokenisation be the answer to the unbanked?
- Should central banks issue centralised e-Money?

Derek Keats | Consultant | thumbzup
Kim Dancey | Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments | FirstRand International
Brian Richardson | Founding Director and CEO | WIZZIT International
Brian Mather | CEO | Silicon Capital (moderator)
11.00Networking Break
11.30A1 Supply-Side Barriers to Remittances in Sub-Saharan Africa B1 Blockchain Solutions for Africa

  • Main developments and outlook

  • How to reduce remittance costs

  • The rise of central bank digital currencies and their appeal for the region

Nolwazi Hlophe | Senior Research Analyst | Cenfri
  • Specific use cases

  • The drive to be “Smart”

Hemash Kala | Blockchain Lead | Rand Merchant Bank
Peter Munnings | Co-Founder and COO | Adhara
Farzam Ehsani | CEO and Co-Founder | VALR.com
Chris Becker | Blockchain Specialist | Investec (moderator)
12.15Digital Transformation - The Global Views and Trends from Europe and Asia
- Advances and unleashing the power of Fintech to accelerate innovation
- Dawn of the super-apps and payments platforms
- Disrupters or enablers - who wins, who loses?

Ghita Erling | Head of Payments | Discovery Bank
Hennie Fereira | Chief Executive | Microfinance SA
James Scott | Chief Digital Officer | CIF
Natalie Matthews| Associate Partner | IQbusiness (moderator)
14.15A2 Digital Payments and the Diversity of New SolutionsB2 Cashless Africa

  • Digital payments: exploring opportunities

  • Empowering economic growth by making informed decisions

  • Role of digital payments in advancing Women-owned businesses

  • Role of financial literacy

Dr Estelle Brack | Founder and President, KiraliT
Kim Dancey | Head of Regulatory and Conduct Risk for Payments | FirstRand International
Hannalie Marsh | Managing Director | Wirecard Africa
Mary Mwangi | CEO | Data Integrated
Darren Franks | Founder and CEO | TalentintheCloud (moderator)

  • Local and cross-continental initiatives

  • Is cashless a destination or the path for inclusion

  • Central bank perspectives

  • Tokenisation - dream or reality ?

Barry Röhrs | Director | Röhrs and Associates

Judith Obholzer | Managing Executive | Vodacom
Oliver O'Brien | Head of Strategy and Business Development | Mukuru
Richard Ketley | Managing Partner and Director: Financial Services | Genesis Analytics (moderator)
15.00Networking Break
15.30An African Tour of Regional Visions, Strategies and the Year Ahead
- Outlook for the SADC region and beyond
- What are the building blocks for taking payment systems in SADC into the future?
- What are Project Future’s learnings?

Arthur Cousins | Payments Project Coordinator | SADC Banking Association
Pieter Swanepoel | Managing Director | Real Pay Group
Denis Kruger | Head of Sub-Saharan Africa | SWIFT
Gavin Krugel | Co-Founder and CEO | Digital Frontiers Institute (moderator)
16.15Farewell Drinks