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February 20, 2020

Deutsche Bank launches digital FX platform for corporate clients in Sri Lanka

By Mohamed Dabo

Deutsche Bank is investing in Sri Lanka and launching a major push into the corporate client market, with the rollout of a new digitally-enhanced foreign exchange (FX) platform.

The rollout marks the German multinational bank’s first step in introducing a comprehensive suite of digital FX solutions for its corporate clients in Sri Lanka.

E-commerce customization is driving a change in payments currency. Increasingly, international supply chains across Asia are demanding banks and payment service providers enable local currency payment.

Deutsche Bank Sri Lanka chief country officer Vikas Arora said:

“We are investing in our Corporate Bank business in Sri Lanka. As international supply chains gravitate toward settlements in local currency, we are pleased to cater to our clients’ requirements.”

“Clients are challenging the historical trend”

Clients are challenging the historical trend of settling payments in USD between two Asian markets, according to Arora. He said clients become more aware of the layers and costs in their payment chain.

“As a result, clients are demanding cheaper and faster ways of delivery, which our digital FX platform Autobahn is enabling,” he said.

By mid-year Deutsche Bank Sri Lanka will be on par with other Deutsche Bank branches across Asia where clients can pay in local currency between two Asia markets. This reduces the FX execution costs to a single conversion along with a faster delivery between the branch network.

Last month the bank hosted clients at an outlook forum in Colombo where the new digital offering was launched.

“The launch of the upgraded Autobahn FX in Sri Lanka is the foundation for expanding our digital payment, collection and hedging capabilities to better serve our clients’ local currency needs both onshore and overseas,” Arora said.

Deutsche Bank is extending FX API technology to local clients

In addition to introducing the enhanced FX platform, Deutsche Bank is also extending FX API technology to local clients. This means they can connect our platform into their own direct sales eCommerce infrastructure, while we support them in pre- and post-trade activities.

Globally Deutsche Bank most often sees API used by clients to expand their own B2B and B2C sales offering by introducing a wider range of currencies for online transactions. This gives end customers more choice around payment currency and often local currency is preferred, given USD currency movement can affect price point.

This year Deutsche Bank celebrates its 40th anniversary in Sri Lanka

More upgrades are planned in the rest of the year to further enhance the foreign currency payment offering for both inbound and outbound payments in Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR).

The Sri Lanka branch rollout of the digital FX platform follows the launch of an online payments facility for customs and excise for importers toward the end of 2019.

Deutsche Bank has operated in Sri Lanka since 1980, providing banking and financing solutions to multinationals, large local corporates and financial institutions. Services the global investment bank provides range from cash management and FX to custody and trade finance.

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