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Country Survey Japan: Corporates Warm to Best Practice

Country Survey Japan: Corporates Warm to Best Practice

Corporate culture in Japan is known as an enigma in the international business world. The existence of 'tied' relationships between banks and corporates and also language barriers have meant that treasury management best practice, particularly with regard to regional outsourcing, has not been embraced as quickly as in other Asian markets. There are signs things are changing.

Ukash makes it onto Microsoft Tech Track 100

Ukash makes it onto Microsoft Tech Track 100

Ukash has made it into the Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100 for the first timeFree

Country survey: The Netherlands

Country survey: The Netherlands

De Nederlandsche Bank, the Netherlands’ central bank, has put SEPA high on its priority list for 2011 as it attempts to increase awareness among businesses, particularly SMEs. SEPA-compliance has left many Dutch businesses and banks non-plussed because they see the new credit transfers and direct debits as inferior versions of products they already have, writes William Cain

Country Survey: South Korea

Country Survey: South Korea

Payment volumes have been steadily increasing in South Korea, growing in line with the pace of the country’s economic development, as well as its technological innovations. As Korea’s companies and population look beyond its borders for travel and business, this growth is set to continue. Jane Cooper reports.

Country Survey: UK

Country Survey: UK

The steady shift to electronic and automated payments is continuing in the UK, which is supported by the phasing out of cheques and the growth of initiatives including Faster Payments and Electronic Bank Account Management. William Cain reports.

Costas and opportunities

Costas and opportunities

The economies of Spain and Portugal represent a huge payments opportunity which has so far managed to continue to shine despite the significant economic restructuring that is taking place in both countries, writes William Cain.

Country Survey: India

Country Survey: India

Changes in India’s regulatory and banking infrastructure means global corporates are starting to see the country as a viable place to manage their cash management and treasury functions. The rise of corporate travel and entertainment expenditure may spur the growth of corporate e-payments further, writes William Cain.

UAE embraces the digital era

UAE embraces the digital era

The UAE is arguably one of the most advanced payment markets in the Middle East and is home to many expatriate workers using all forms of electronic payments. Recent efforts by regulators to migrate cash and other forms of paper payments to electronic payments are having an effect, as Victoria Conroy reports.

Sweden switches from cash

Sweden switches from cash

A surge in the use of debit cards and the widespread adoption of online banking has enabled Sweden to make impressive progress in eliminating paper-based payments in recent years. But as Victoria Conroy reports, reducing the use of cash for out-of-pocket spending remains the big challenge.

Cash still King in Germany

Cash still King in Germany

Although Germany’s payments landscape is one of the most evolved in Europe, the country’s consumers are still heavily dependent on cash, and even the mighty debit card has struggled to gain acceptance. As Victoria Conroy reports, the advent of new payment technologies may prove to be a turning point.


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