Our CEO Vivianne Arnold, in her role as President of the Australian Services Roundtable, met with representatives of the Federation of Thai Industries, including Somyod Tangmeelarp, Vice Chairman; Jumrud Sawangsamud, Director-General; and Chaovalit Leelasiwaporn, Director, Trade & Investment Promotion Department, to discuss international professional services trade. The discussion included issues facing the services sectors such as cross border data flows, the recent Free Trade Agreements, and the up and coming meeting in Cebu of the APEC Regional Conference of Services Coalitions.
CEO Vivianne Arnold presented at the Asia Pacific Regional Economic Services Forum this week and her comments were cited in this article in CNA (Taiwan) News. http://www.cna.com.tw/postwrite/Detail/174618.aspx#.VacZthOqqkp She spoke about headhunting C-level executives with experience in multiple Asia Pacific economies.
The fintech revolution is going to change international trade as much as the digital revolution changed the media business and it is beginning now. Mobile phone money like M-pesa and microfinance lenders are bringing trade to the unbanked. Peer to peer lenders are disintermediating the big banks. Protocols based on blockchain technology will make the transfer of funds across borders instantaneous & cheap.
– Vivianne Arnold at the APEC Public Private Dialogue, SOM1, Philippines
At the Australian Services Roundtable Summit in Canberra on Wednesday 16 July. A panel discussion on Services Innovation in the Digital Age with Alan Patterson (ACS), Ric Simes (Deloitte), Vivianne Arnold (Franklin Phillips), Dr. Ralph Kerle.
Vivianne Arnold, CEO and co-founder at Franklin Phillips, said “we have found varying confidence and ability of trade sales and distribution teams across Asia. There are pockets of strong trade sales confidence and equally impressive cross sell into other banking solutions. Unfortunately this is not consistent across the region with some key markets failing to achieve a high level of trade financing knowledge, resulting in a lack of self-assurance that leaves potential and current clients underserved and revenue not realized.