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Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury Management

Cash Management

HSBC’s Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury Management in Asia-Pacific 2015
Connectivity Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of HSBC's Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury Management in Asia-Pacific, which aims to provide you with a range of valuable insights and informed opinions from some of the region's leading banking and business professionals. This edition explores how the ever increasing levels of connectivity between banking applications, systems, platforms and personal devices impacts the role of the corporate treasurer and what smart companies are doing in order to ensure data security in today's mobile world.

In recent years, the world has experienced a paradigm shift in the way we use technology, and today we enjoy unprecedented levels of convenience and interconnectivity between devices, systems and platforms. Not only has this completely redefined the workplace; it has also irrevocably changed the face of how companies do business, and empowered the finance function to a level of sophistication never seen before. We discuss how the changing face of the digital landscape has affected corporate treasury services.

While technology has changed the way in which we work today, mobile technology has had perhaps the greatest impact in terms of breaking down office boundaries and creating a borderless office environment. But given the sensitive nature of the treasury function, some companies have been reluctant to adopt mobile technology, voicing understandable concerns over data protection and the prevention of a security breach. We dispel some of the common myths surrounding mobile applications, demonstrating how a well-designed secure application with a multi-layered security approach can significantly reduce security concerns and risk.

And finally, Singapore has long been regarded as a regional hub, thanks in part to its strategic location along the Strait of Malacca and its pool of professional talent from around the region. However, the government is now looking to transform the country into a Smart Nation, dedicated to harnessing technologies, networks and data to create a competitive edge and increase productivity. We explore the initiatives launched by the Monetary Authority of Singapore in support of this objective and how corporate treasurers can benefit from this.

I would like to conclude by thanking the various clients, colleagues and external experts whose editorial contributions have brought such knowledge and expertise to these articles. With their support, I have every confidence that you will find this guide both interesting and insightful. We look forward to sharing our next update with you.

Kee Joo Wong

Head of Global Payments and Cash Management, Asia-Pacific, HSBC

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HSBC’s Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury Management in Asia-Pacific 2015
Working Capital Edition

Welcome to the latest edition of HSBC’s Guide to Cash, Supply Chain and Treasury Management in Asia-Pacific, which aims to provide our readers with a range of valuable insights and informed opinions from some of the region’s leading banking and business professionals. This edition focuses primarily on working capital and some of the latest banking solutions that Asia’s most progressive companies are implementing in order to free up cash flow and improve liquidity.

In today’s ultra competitive global market, exporters are under increasing pressure to offer open account trade to buyers who are eager to extend their payment terms with suppliers in order to generate cash flow and reduce borrowing. And while this obviously places an additional burden on cash flow for sellers, the latest generation of supply-chain financing solutions provides a way that companies can compete for business and meet the terms of their buyers, without necessarily increasing their own risk exposure or having to secure external financing.

Many leading organisations are also looking to further automate some of their critical back office procedures in order to optimise efficiencies and free up working capital. Introducing an automated accounts receivable solution not only drives internal back office efficiencies, but also helps mitigate risk, improve visibility and control, and improve company liquidity.

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