back Back

Contour launches trade finance innovation lab in Singapore

By Leandra Monteiro

July 02, 2021

  • Contour
  • Singapore

Contour, DBS Bank, Asia-Pacific, APAC, Singapore, R3 CordaContour has opened an innovation lab In Singapore where it will collaborate closely with its growing network of banks, corporates and ecosystem partners to research and develop novel, digitally native trade finance solutions.

The Future of Finance Lab will boost Contour’s mission to develop the digital infrastructure to address longstanding inefficiencies in trade by removing barriers, simplifying workflows, and making trade more accessible to all. The Lab is anchored in Singapore, leveraging its conducive environment for innovation, flourishing FinTech ecosystem and supportive regulations. Singapore also offers the strategic advantage of being a vibrant and important trade hub.

According to reports, Global trade is set to bounce back in 2021 following the pandemic, with an estimated growth in volume of 8%. Contour and its network are supporting this growth by building an end-to-end Trade Service that connects businesses, financiers and partners seamlessly across the financial and physical supply chains. The Lab will enable continued refinement and enhancement of this offering.

Beyond its fully digitised Letter of Credit (LC) service that is currently in live production, Contour will soon expand into other areas of trade finance to bring greater value to its members. It has formed an in-house development team to experiment with new trade product offerings and is expected to double the team size in the next year.

Carl Wegner, CEO at Contour said, “With the launch of the Future of Finance Lab, we are excited to further ramp up our innovation efforts as we develop the digital infrastructure for the industry, making trade more accessible, simple and efficient for all. Singapore is the perfect environment for innovation, and we look forward to collaborating with our network both locally and globally as we work together to build the future of trade.”

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said, “Digitalising trade processes through an accelerated adoption of new technology and innovation has been a focus area in MAS’ fintech agenda. As we emerge gradually from the pandemic, we believe that various digital solutions and connectors interoperating seamlessly can make trade borderless, more efficient and hence, accelerate the recovery of global trade. We are delighted that Contour has chosen to anchor its Future of Finance Lab in Singapore and look forward to its further contribution to the digital trade ecosystem in Singapore and beyond.”

Previous Article

July 01, 2021

Digital Token Identifier Registry goes live with Etrading Software

Read More
Next Article

July 02, 2021

Paypal welcomes Enrique Lores to its Board of Directors

Read More

IBSi Daily News Analysis


July 19, 2024


SMEs leverage cloud to gain competitive edge, study shows

Read More

IBSi FinTech Journal

  • Most trusted FinTech journal since 1991
  • Digital monthly issue
  • 60+ pages of research, analysis, interviews, opinions, and rankings
  • Global coverage
Subscribe Now

Other Related News

July 23, 2024

PayDo partners with ClearBank for automated currency conversion

Read More

July 23, 2024

QIB adds Request to Pay to Fawran instant payment service

Read More

July 22, 2024

Jifiti launches ‘Tap Now, Pay Later’ to enable banks to deploy loans with ease

Read More

Related Reports

Sales League Table Report 2024
Know More
Global Digital Banking Vendor & Landscape Report Q2 2024
Know More
NextGen WealthTech: The Trends To Shape The Future Q4 2023
Know More
IBSi Spectrum Report: Supply Chain Finance Platforms Q4 2023
Know More
Treasury & Capital Markets Systems Report Q1 2024
Know More

IBSi Sales League Table

The industry acknowledged barometer of global banking technology vendor performance!
Get your copy now!
Get your copy now! IBSi Sales League Table 2024