Stephan Repkow co-head of Foreign Exchange Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas
Stephan Repkow co-head of Foreign Exchange Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas

Asia-Pacific eFX Focus

e-Forex asks Stephan Repkow, co-head of Foreign Exchange Asia Pacific at BNP Paribas, about the banks' experience of online FX in the Asia/Pacific region.

First Published: e-Forex Magazine 12 / FOCUS / October, 2003

We have heard that technological challenges - particularly, internet connectivity problems, legacy integration issues, and differing technology infrastructures, are holding up the widespread adoption of online FX platforms in the region. Do you see this changing in the foreseeable future?We shouldn't put all our technological challenges at the same level. Internet connectivity is definitely the main issue now, but once broadband access is more widely adopted, Asian clients will install online FX platforms just like the rest of the world. Security is a technological challenge too. To protect from virus threats, Asian clients have very strict firewalls, which can affect the speed of their Internet connection.We don't see legacy integration being an obstacle as yet. But we can predict it will become a challenge in the future, because clients will demand more STP when they become more Internet-savvy.In such a large geographical area, how much are regional regulatory approvals and exchange controls also hindering...continued

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