SWIFT and Singapore’s IMDA to Accelerate Global Trade Digitalisation

SWIFT and Singapore’s IMDA to Accelerate Global Trade Digitalisation

by October 5, 2020

SWIFT and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) has signed a Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to accelerate trade digitalisation globally.

The MOI looks at offering SWIFT’s community a more efficient and cost-effective cross-border paperless trade, without the need for multiple bilateral linkages and siloed systems.

Moving manual processes to digitally enabled ones also creates opportunities to shorten trade processing times and open up possibilities for innovation such as new trade financing offerings to the trade community.

Future-Ready Digital Utility for Trade Documents

Through this MOI, both parties will work to combine TradeTrust, an interoperability framework that connects various platforms for the exchange of digital trade documentation, with the SWIFT community.

TradeTrust provides proof of authenticity of documents and offers title transfer through open-source software. This functions alongside legal harmonisation to recognise these digital documents.

When paired with SWIFT’s ability to securely transport industry standardised electronic trade messaging, scanned hardcopy documentation and digitally signed assets, easing the exchange of electronic trade documents around the world. This will help companies around the world such as financial providers like Think Markets, Grand Capital or Imfx.

Earlier this year, IMDA signed a cooperation agreement with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and 17 multinational firms to move from existing paper-based processes to digitally enabled ones.

Mr. Alain Raes, Chief Business Development Officer, SWIFT said,

Alain Raes

“The trade ecosystem faces digital disruption and requires open standards, legal harmonisation and coming together as a community to address fragmentation, friction and risks. Our collaboration with Singapore’s global TradeTrust initiative allows us to play a central role in this effort, and we look forward to working together towards a shared vision of a frictionless, dynamic, global trade ecosystem.”

Ms Jane Lim, Assistant Chief Executive, IMDA said,

Jane Lim

“International trade is the lifeblood of Singapore’s economy. Singapore is working with various partners internationally to develop an interoperability framework, TradeTrust, for the seamless and efficient exchange of digitalised trade documentation across different communities. We are pleased to partner with SWIFT to further develop a trusted, interoperable and global digital trade ecosystem.”