• Strong adoption increases momentum towards G20 goals of better speed, cost, transparency, choice, and access in cross-border transactions
  • Represents one of many Swift innovations in 2022 as cooperative records 13th consecutive year of traffic growth

Brussels: — Swift today reported significant progress in 2022 toward the G20’s goals for enhancing the cross-border experience, rapidly setting a new standard for low-value payments, transforming upfront payment processing to remove friction, bringing new levels of transparency to the securities industry, and delivering breakthrough innovation to integrate CBDCs into the financial ecosystem.

The progress is the result of strong strategic focus over the past two years to enable instant, frictionless processing between 4 billion accounts worldwide and aligns with the G20’s objectives of improving speed, cost, transparency, choice and access in the cross-border payments experience. Swift’s achievements this year include:

  • Increasing speed – Today, nearly half of Swift transactions reach end beneficiaries within 5 minutes and two thirds arrive within one hour, well on the way to the G20’s target of 75% settling within 60 minutes.
  • Giving choice to small businesses and consumers – Sign-ups for Swift Go, which brings speed, transparency, and certainty to payments under $10,000, have tripled to more than 500 banks across more than 120 countries.
  • Removing costs – Swift’s enhanced payment pre-validation service, which pre-checks account details against pseudonymised and aggregated data from more than 4 billion accounts to catch errors before a payment is sent. Its deployment, which could save the industry millions each year in costs to fix failed transactions, currently covers 70% of beneficiary accounts in major markets.
  • Increasing transparency – Building on the transparency delivered for payments through gpi, Swift is doing the same for securities. Swift Securities View, which was successfully piloted this year and will be rolled out in 2023, provides unprecedented transparency on the processing of securities transactions after a trade takes place. Failed settlements cost the industry an estimated $3bn each year.
  • Broadening access to Swift’s solutions – Through public cloud services including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure and increased use of APIs.

Thierry Chilosi, Chief Strategy Officer at Swift commented: “Swift and its community have made tremendous progress in 2022 transforming not only the cross-border experience of today – but setting the pace of innovation for tomorrow. We are getting ready for a world where value is transferred in many ways and forms right around the world, and Swift’s focus on inclusivity and interoperability promises to increase the efficiency and reduce the risk of these exchanges.”

To this end, in October, Swift announced ground-breaking innovation after successfully demonstrating how Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs), and tokenised assets, could be exchanged across DLT and fiat-based systems . Swift’s innovation proved that ‘digital islands’ across the world can be connected, realising the technology’s full potential to enable instant and frictionless payments and securities transactions. The CBDC solution is now being tested with 18 central and international commercial banks.

Furthermore, 2022 is set to be the 13th consecutive year of annual traffic growth on the Swift network, with an average of 44.8 million messages sent across Swift’s system each day by the end of October 2022, an increase of 7.7% on October 2021. The growth underscores the industry’s trust in Swift, which continues to deliver on its day-to-day mandate, with relentless focus on operational excellence.

David Watson, Chief Product Officer at Swift, said: “We have delivered at pace in 2022, and 2023 is sure to be another transformational year as we start to realise the benefits of rich data through the industry’s migration to ISO 20022 and the ramp up of our transaction management capabilities. Through responsible innovation, we will continue to transform the cross-border experience and accelerate momentum toward the G20 targets.”


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About Swift

Swift is a global member owned cooperative and the world’s leading provider of secure financial messaging services. We provide our community with a platform for messaging and standards for communicating, and we offer products and services to facilitate access and integration, identification, analysis and regulatory compliance.

Our messaging platform, products and services connect more than 11,000 banking and securities organisations, market infrastructures and corporate customers in more than 200 countries and territories. While Swift does not hold funds or manage accounts on behalf of customers, we enable our global community of users to communicate securely, exchanging standardised financial messages in a reliable way, thereby supporting global and local financial flows, as well as trade and commerce all around the world.

As their trusted provider, we relentlessly pursue operational excellence; we support our community in addressing cyber threats; and we continually seek ways to lower costs, reduce risks and eliminate operational inefficiencies. Our products and services support our community’s access and integration, business intelligence, reference data and financial crime compliance needs. Swift also brings the financial community together – at global, regional and local levels – to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest or concern.

Headquartered in Belgium, Swift’s international governance and oversight reinforces the neutral, global character of its cooperative structure. Swift’s global office network ensures an active presence in all the major financial centres.