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Stanbic Bank Kenya Partners with Orion Innovation for Strategic Modernization

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Latest agreement highlights Orion’s leadership role in transforming the Financial Services industry across the MEA Region

EDISON, N.J., May 23, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Orion Innovation (“Orion”), a leading digital transformation and product development services firm, today announced it has signed a deal with Stanbic Bank Kenya to facilitate a core banking upgrade and modernization effort. As part of the agreement, Orion will implement Temenos’ cloud-based digital banking platform within Stanbic Bank Kenya’s operations, enabling enhanced customer experiences and delivering innovative digital solutions.

Orion, a globally certified & trusted Temenos partner, was selected as Stanbic Bank Kenya’s partner to upgrade its Transact application from R17 to R23 and migrate from TAFC to the new TAFJ standard. The ambitious project involves 90+ integrations and 6000+ local code conversions. To accelerate the project timeline, Stanbic Bank Kenya will use Orion’s industry-leading Test Automation tools and services.

“We are excited to partner with Stanbic Bank Kenya on the bank modernization initiative,” said Anoop Gala, Orion’s Global Head of Financial Services. “Our team is committed to fueling digital innovation in the African Financial Services market by securing our banking partners in deploying advanced implementation tools which ensure compliance and advance their project timelines.”    

Suchen Janjale, Orion’s Head of Financial Services in Europe, said, “Our comprehensive offerings around Temenos, coupled with our proven track record in efficient and successful upgrades and integrations, were instrumental in Stanbic Bank Kenya’s decision to choose Orion as its trusted partner.”

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Dr. Joshua Oigara, Stanbic Bank Kenya and South Sudan Chief Executive said, “Technology and innovation are central to our continued growth in a highly digitized and complex banking environment. This upgrade adds to our technological capabilities and enables us to better serve our clients both on a local and global scale. We are proud to partner with Orion and to leverage its strong background and expertise in driving system modernization.”

Alex Siboe, Stanbic Bank Kenya Head of Technology, said, “Transforming customer experience through technology is at the cornerstone of the bank’s strategy. Aligned with our objective of delivering exceptional client experiences and superior value, we consistently work towards adopting the right technologies to drive efficiency and satisfaction for our clients. This upgrade fits into our digital transformation journey and will help us provide a seamless and superior banking experience to our customers. Furthermore, through this upgrade, we will not only enhance our operational efficiency but also offer innovative services to our customers, meeting their evolving needs in today’s digital era.”

About Stanbic Holdings Plc

Stanbic Bank Kenya is a member of the Standard Bank Group, Kenya’s seventh-largest commercial bank by assets. Founded on a solid legacy that spans over 100 years, Stanbic Bank Kenya continues to move forward with its purposeful strategy to drive Kenya’s growth and to be the leading financial services organization in Kenya, delivering exceptional client experiences and superior value. Stanbic Bank is licensed and regulated by Central Bank of Kenya and provides the full spectrum of financial and banking services for Corporates, SMEs and Individuals. For more information, visit www.stanbicbank.co.ke.

About Orion Innovation

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Orion Innovation (“Orion”) is a leading digital transformation and product development services firm. Rooted in engineering and design thinking, along with a unique combination of agility, scale and maturity, its team of approximately 6,400 associates helps Fortune 1,000 companies improve efficiencies, enhance customer experiences, and develop new digital offerings. Through its delivery centers in North America, EMEA, India and Latin America, Orion serves clients across Financial Services, Hi-Tech, Telecom & Media, Sports & Entertainment, Professional Services, and Healthcare industries. For more information, visit www.orioninc.com

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InScope secures $4.3m to revolutionise financial reporting and auditing

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InScope, a newly launched FinTech company, has successfully raised $4.3 million to expand its innovative financial reporting and auditing platform.

According to PYMNTS, the funding round included significant contributions from prominent investors such as Lightspeed and Better Tomorrow Ventures.

InScope is focused on transforming the traditional processes of financial reporting and auditing for private companies. The company leverages advanced technologies, including generative AI and large language models, to automate and streamline the compilation of financial statements—tasks that have historically been prone to errors and required extensive manual effort.

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The new capital will be used to enhance InScope’s platform capabilities. The company aims to shift accountants’ focus from laborious manual tasks to more strategic initiatives, thereby empowering finance professionals with tools to complete reporting and auditing tasks quickly and efficiently.

InScope’s system compiles data from a company’s core systems, such as ERP, along with publicly available information, and transforms these inputs into GAAP-compliant financial and audit documents.

InScope CEO and co-founder Mary Antony stated, “Our technology dramatically reduces the time and effort required for financial reporting and auditing, eliminating the need for outdated manual processes.” Her co-founder and COO, Kelsey Gootnick, also emphasized the transformative potential of InScope, which they conceived out of their own frustrations with existing financial processes.

The company has already begun collaborating with a select group of companies to refine and enhance their financial reporting capabilities. JC Bahr-de Stefano, a venture capital investor at Better Tomorrow Ventures, commented on this partnership: “InScope is already working with a handful of companies to help streamline their financial reporting needs and enable accountants to complete their reporting tasks in minutes instead of months.”

Source: fintech.global

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Citi extends USD Clearing service to Middle East in partnership with Emirates NBD

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Citi has partnered with Dubai-based banking group Emirates NBD to launch its USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

Through this collaboration, Emirates NBD will offer the USD Clearing service, along with its commercial and treasury payment execution capabilities, to corporate and retail clients via its branch networks in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. This service will enable clients to make cross-border USD payments with continuous availability, addressing current payment flow challenges posed by varying transaction cut-off times in the UAE.

“The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays,” said Ahmed Al Qassim, group head of wholesale banking at Emirates NBD.

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Following the initial launch, the service will be extended to all Emirates NBD branches in the Middle East and globally, including partnerships with third-party institutions.

According to its website, Emirates NBD currently operates 853 branches in the UAE, Egypt, India, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the UK, Austria, Germany, Russia, and Bahrain.

Shahmir Khaliq, Citi’s head of services, described the collaboration as “an important step in our journey to creating a multibank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

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Source: fintechfutures.com

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New partnership between BIS and MAS targets climate risks in finance

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The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have recently collaborated on an innovative initiative.

The BIS, an institution dedicated to fostering international monetary and financial cooperation, and the MAS, Singapore’s central bank responsible for monetary policy, financial regulation, and supervision, have teamed up to tackle a pressing global challenge.

Their partnership aims to develop a blueprint for a climate risk platform designed to integrate regulatory and climate data. This platform will enable financial authorities worldwide to better identify, monitor, and manage climate-related risks within the financial system.

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The BIS, through its Innovation Hub Centre in Singapore, is addressing financial stability concerns posed by climate change. The MAS adds its regulatory expertise and focus on sustainable finance to the effort. Both institutions recognize the complex challenges posed by climate change, including significant data gaps and the difficulty of assessing associated risks.

Project Viridis, led by the BIS Innovation Hub, outlines the essential features and metrics of the proposed climate risk platform. This platform is designed to provide comprehensive data on financed emissions, exposure to physical risks, and forward-looking assessments under various climate scenarios. As the impact of climate change on global financial markets escalates, adaptive and innovative responses are necessary.

The partnership also leverages advanced technologies such as natural language processing to extract and analyze climate-related data from corporate disclosures. This enables a deeper understanding of financial institutions’ climate-related risks and identifies potential areas requiring more intensive risk assessment.

Maha El Dimachki, head of the BIS Innovation Hub Singapore Centre, stated, “Project Viridis demonstrates how regulatory data can be integrated with climate data, extracted from corporate disclosure documents using natural language processing techniques. This provides authorities with insights into climate-related financial risks, helping them form an initial view of financial institutions’ risk exposures and identify areas that may require deeper risk assessment.”

Source: fintech.global

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