Stripe leads the biggest fintech firms list — and with a $9.2 billion USD valuation is worth more than twice as much as second-place finisher SoFi.
PwC report: “Traditional institutions are transforming themselves at a pace not seen before with greater urgency than in most other markets."
Trinidad and Tobago IFC sees the signing of this MoU as a major part of its strategy to prepare the workforce and generate high-value employment.
Trinidad and Tobago International Financial Centre Introduces Training Program to Expand Financial Sector Talent Pool
"This is a very important step for the Trinidad and Tobago IFC and the participants in the program,” said Shane Kissoon of ACCA Caribbean.
“YellowPepper has the skill set and existing footprint in the region to help us accelerate time to market for our clients," said Allen Cueli of Visa.
"PayPal customers will be able to pay for App Store, Apple Music, iTunes and iBooks purchases across iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices using their PayPal account," said the company.
Banco Falabella says its new artificial intelligence technology will drastically cut customer service times through Facebook chat.
“We don't how long the prices will remain this competitive, but at the moment, it's very much a tenant's market," says Jean-Paul de Meillac of Terra Caribbean.
“B2B payments innovation has been fueled by businesses always looking to simplify complexities," said Vicky Bindra of Visa.
"How much technology can we do that replaces people?" said Tom Montag, COO of Bank of America, at a conference this week.
"We use Apple Pay in apps, we use it in the web, and there was one final frontier we wanted to conquer," said Craig Federighi of Apple.
“It is a consortium network, collaborative and useful for all," said Álex Puig, head of Spain's new multi-sector tech platform Red Lyra.
Though Mizuho will only take up to a 15% stake in the new venture, it believes the endeavor will help it innovate outside of the stuffy culture within the bank.
KPMG's new innovation center in New York aims to help serve clients build better technology-based solutions in disruptive sectors.
Uniken's CEO says being selected for the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator program "is a great validation of our innovation in delivering great security.”
According to the coffee company, today's disruption was related to an internal technology update malfunction — not the global WannaCry cyberattack.
"Cognitive computing has the potential to dramatically simplify digital trust processes throughout the financial services industry," said Ankit Ratan of Signzy.
With Rise London, Barclays hopes to create new fintech-based products and services, experiment with emerging technologies, and spot early trends.
SWIFT's chairman calls the service "a direct response to our community’s request for additional services to complement and strengthen existing fraud controls."
"In two years’ time, we expect this to look like a completely different company,” said Ravi Tewari of Guardian Group.
NICE was recognized with a silver award for its leading "Contact Center Solution" and a bronze honor in the "Business Intelligence Solution" category.
"Devices will recognize the user rather than having to remember an assortment of letters and numbers that are forgotten or could be guessed," said Lloyds.
The award, handed out annually by Celent, aims to honor the best use of technology in different areas critical to success in banking.
"This move clearly demonstrates BHP Billiton's continued commitment to the country and its confidence in the Trinidad and Tobago talent pool," stated the Energy Chamber of Trinidad and Tobago.
"Amazon Connect is simple enough to be configured and run directly by business decision makers," according to Jeff Barr of AWS.
"The presence of the World Economic Forum in our city will help accelerate innovative science and technology policies," said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.
Piarco International Airport was also honored for having the best airport staff in the Caribbean due to the quality of service, efficiency, attitude, and friendliness shown by employees.
State of Outsourcing Report Reveals that Lines Are Blurring Between Front- and Back-Office Operations
“In a few months, the lever of automation will become more and more embedded and there will be less talk about a front and back office," says Phil Fersht of HfS Research.
The new IMF working group will study the many economic and regulatory implications of the technological developments that are changing the world of finance.
Bank of American was honored by Treasury Management International for its "commitment to innovations that are driving a change in client behavior and opportunity."
"We are strengthening our commitment to simplifying processes and experiences, empowering users, and facilitating digital interactions," said Miki Migdal of NICE.
From IT to BPO to regulatory compliance efforts, we are now arriving "at that place where the banks are ready to outsource,” says Anupam Jain of Everest Group.
"Our customers want to do more of their banking through digital channels," said Brian Porter, Scotiabank chief executive
In a recent phone call, the two world leaders reportedly discussed "a number of issues of mutual interest to Trinidad and Tobago and the United States."
Though most now see the importance of omnichannel, more than half of the financial companies surveyed "have not begun substantive efforts."
"How customer insight is used can make a big difference to the customer experience — and ultimately to the profitability of the organization," states the report.
Brexit “offers opportunities to attract new opportunities to our shores,” said Enda Kenny, head of Irish government.
From the Tobago airport to roads to ports to power generation, 2017 is set to be a big year for infrastructure upgrades in Trinidad and Tobago.
"Daimler's new payment system underscores our ambition...to make the products and services we offer even more appealing," said the company's Bodo Uebber.
Company president calls the onmi-channel offering "analytics with no limits."
The bank chose this platform to improve its customer service, manage vendors, and implement other complementary solutions.
"Citi bumped the APRs on its card offers by 0.25%, causing the national average APR to rise to an all-time high."
"Consistent, reliable, and competitive air access is the lifeblood of any modern economy," says Trinidad and Tobago's tourism minister.
Energy, educational exchange, and combating violence are key components of legislation that congressional sponsors hope will increase U.S. influence in the region.
Ahead of the Pack: How Trinidad and Tobago Outpaces Nearshore Competitors in Key Site Selection Criteria
A country that wasn’t on the radar for most multinationals a decade ago is now moving to the front of the pack.
"Our intention is to roll out this network nationally, at least 85% population coverage over the next few months," said CEO Dr. Ronald Walcott.
More than 1,000 bank branches have been shuttered in the past two years, with HSBC closing 27% of its branches and Lloyds closing 14%.
Latin American and Caribbean Exports Projected to Fall Again in 2016 – But Rate of Decline Is Slowing
The rate of export decline is slowing, with this projected 6% fall in 2016 being far less than the 15% plummet in 2015.
Among the 10 Latin American and Caribbean nations tested by the OECD, Trinidad and Tobago ranked fourth behind only Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay.
"Repealing the last $1.9 billion in Dodd-Frank from the Obama administration might be the first step for Congress in a more comprehensive overhaul of the law."