Huawei: Accelerate Financial Digitalization, Create New Value Together


[Shanghai, China, June 3, 2021] Today, was the first day of the Huawei Intelligent Finance Summit 2021 held at Shangri-La Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, with the theme "Accelerate Financial Digitization, New Value Together." The two-day event attracted more than 3,000 global financial industry customers, partners, industry experts, and media. During the event, Huawei detailed how financial institutions can utilize technology to upgrade the industry and range of services on offer by constructing an ecosystem that is agile and intelligent, and ultimately transform themselves into digital-capable eco-enterprises. Huawei presented three strategic initiatives for their work in the financial sector: fully embracing cloud-native technology, diversifying and improving use cases within the industry and aggregating different SaaS products to help financial institutions become better digital enterprises.

The Financial Industry Needs to Reshape Adapt and Accelerate the Pace of Transformation

The digitalization of our world is key to post-pandemic global economic recovery. Financial institutions in different stages of digitalization are facing new service scenarios and exploring new business models, which present unknown challenges and endless opportunities. With the emergence of new business sectors through the digitalization of our economy, the financial industry will need to evolve its service capabilities and accelerate its transformation. To capitalize on this and adapt to new scenarios, it has become apparent that organizations need to be agile and develop market intelligence to create forward thinking strategies.

Peng Zhongyang, Member of the Board, President of the Enterprise Business Group, Huawei, in his opening speech made the point that as industries upgrade and converge, the financial services sector will transform to have their operations based on cloud through a more connected device ecosystem built for all scenarios. He added that Huawei is currently collaborating with its customers and partners to enable them to become more sustainable, resilient digital ecosystem-based enterprises, through the co-creation of technology, scenarios, and sustainability.

Peng Zhongyang, President of Huawei Enterprise, delivering a speech on stage at the 2021 Intelligent Finance Summit

Peng Zhongyang, Member of the Board, President of the Enterprise Business Group, Huawei

In the keynote speech on "Global Economic Recovery: Certainty and Uncertainty”, Dr. Fan Gang, Professor of Economics, Peking University; Vice President, China Society of Economic Reform, said, “The global pandemic is far from over. As the new engine of economic recovery, the most important component of the digital economy is not the production of digital equipment and digital technology itself, but the application of new information technology to transform various industries. Digital finance is the driving force of the development of the digital economy. It is therefore necessary to accelerate financial technology innovation, as FinTech will play a leading role in upgrading the digital transformation of thousands of industries.”

Dr. Fan Gang, VP, China Society of Economic Reform, delivering a speech on stage at Huawei's Intelligent Finance Summit 2021

Dr. Fan Gang, Professor of Economics, Peking University; Vice President, China Society of Economic Reform

Cao Tong, President of HDFH and First President of WeBank; Hou Weirong, General Manager, Transaction Banking Department, China Merchants Bank; Chen Kunte Chief Digital Transformation Officer of Global Financial Services Business Unit, Enterprise BG, Huawei and Ye Tan, Well-Known Financial Critic joined the Panel: Intelligent Finance Transformation.

“The world is going through a digital revolution, which is closely related to finance and affects us all. Traditional banks are expanding their boundaries. I'm looking forward to the day when bankers and experts in technology can customize asset packages for users based on their age, wealth, and family structure.” Said by Ye Tan.

An onstage discussion between four panelists at the Huawei Intelligent Finance Summit 2021

The Panel: Intelligent Finance Transformation

Huawei Announces Three Strategic Initiatives to Turn Financial Institutions into Better Digital Ecosystem-based Enterprises

During the summit, Huawei announced three strategic initiatives it would develop in the financial sector to help financial institutions become better digital ecosystem-based enterprises. These included:

(1) Encouraging institutions to fully embrace cloud native, innovative technologies that provide optimal infrastructure to accelerate digital and intelligent convergence and create an agile platform.

(2) Deepening digitalization across all industry scenarios to enhance safe and secure data transfer, unlock the potential value of big data, and build out financial inclusion.

(3) Aggregating different software as a service (SaaS) products to build an open ecosystem for all scenarios, and enable scenario-based financial services.

Jason Cao, Pres. of Global Finance, Huawei Enterprise, delivering a speech on stage at the Intelligent Finance Summit 2021

Jason Cao, President of the Global Finance Business Unit of Huawei Enterprise Business Group

Jason Cao, President of the Global Finance Business Unit of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, said in his speech, "Huawei has been working with the global financial industry for 10 years and has become an important partner in digital transformation for the industry. Huawei will continue to work with this industry to drive cloud-native computing to ensure financial institutions benefit from a modern and dynamic digital ecosystem that can be continually updated and developed, making use of the latest innovations. Huawei’s ethos is to help financial institutions grow into better digital ecosystem-based enterprises and develop fully connected, intelligent, and ecosystem-based finance together".

Shi Jilin, Vice President of HUAWEI CLOUD BU and President of Global Marketing and Sales Service, said in her keynote speech that the financial industry has always been at the forefront of digital transformation, and is at the stage of developing to digital finance, from a single scene to a multi-scenario.

Shi Jilin, Vice President of HUAWEI CLOUD, delivering a speech on stage at the Intelligent Finance Summit 2021

Shi Jilin, Vice President of HUAWEI CLOUD BU and President of Global Marketing and Sales Service

She said, “Huawei and the financial industry grow together to build multi-purpose and intelligent FinTech solutions. We put forward four proposals: first, fully embrace cloudification, solve the core problems of enterprise cloud access, and guide digital transformation on the right path; second, full-scenario intelligent connection, create “finance+X ” to serve all kinds of industries; third, to carry out intelligence to the end, AI will enter the finance core production system and main business processes; fourth, build a financial ecosystem around scenarios and create an ecological financial industry. “

Realizing New Value in the Financial Industry with Global Banking Customers to Build a New Financial Future Together

Huawei has grown its presence in the global financial industry over the last 10 years and has become an important partner in the digital transformation of the industry. The company now serves more than 2,000 financial clients in more than 60 countries and regions.

Various banking executives shared their stories and achievements of digital transformation of Chinese financial enterprises at the meeting today.

Niu Xinzhuang, Chief Information Officer of Postal Savings Bank of China, said, “The banking industry needs to accelerate its transformation in the digital era to stay abreast of business developments and enable industry competition.”

He went on to say, “The Bank hopes to work with financial peers to overcome difficulties, and together develop and implement beneficial architecture in the financial industry. Industry cooperation can also help to promote the in-depth development of software localization and autonomous solutions and improve China's financial innovation capability.”

Huawei is supporting China's financial digital transformation practices and shares its experience with the rest of the world. The Company is passionate about promoting inter-industry exchanges and has worked closely with international ecosystem partners to help fintech partners go global.

For example, Huawei has been working closely with DBS Bank to enable their digital transformation to meet their evolving needs. In 2020, Huawei was awarded by DBS the 2020 Most Valuable Technology Partner Award from a selection of 64 other global technology vendors.

Tan Choon Boon, Head of Cloud Engineering and Services at DBS Singapore, said: "DBS has developed a strategy focusing on five key elements for digital transformation: driving comprehensive organizational change, including business success-oriented organizations; moving from 'projects to platforms; taking onboard modern system design; building excellent agile teams; and moving towards complete automation. In the future, the two sides will continue to strengthen cooperation in cloud, artificial intelligence, and IoT. We have been working closely with Huawei to meet the bank’s evolving requirements and drive digital transformation.”

The financial industry varies greatly across regions around the world, there are still many people as well as small and medium-sized enterprises that cannot access basic financial services. Financial institutions in many countries have taken rapid steps to build digital platforms such as mobile wallets and mobile payments with partners such as Huawei. These platforms are used to build a super app ecosystem, such as Kenya NCBA, to help these financial institutions achieve significant progress in enhancing their service offerings. Added keynote1 to the customer's speech.

During the summit their Africa-based CEO Sitoyo Lopokoiyit said, “We’ve seen the power of M-PESA and mobile money in Africa in transforming how we can make an impact in terms into society .Today we have over 350,000 businesses and over 5 million micro SMEs that use our services. On the other side, we have 58 million customers who use our various products and services. At the core of this is our technology and partners such as Huawei play a key role in ensuring that our technology architecture addresses the needs of our business and customers.”

In 2012, Huawei launched the world's first inclusive finance project in Kenya. Currently, Huawei has enabled inclusive finance in more than 20 countries around the world, serving more than 300 million people outside China.

Huawei Launches the Financial Partner Go Global Program (FPGGP)

With more than 200 financial solution partners worldwide, Huawei has created a strong, global digital ecosystem that is continuing to grow. The company is building a broader industry cloud ecosystem for collaboration, mutual enablement, and value sharing.

During the Global Finance summit, Huawei announced the official launch of the Financial Partner Go Global Program (FPGGP) . The company will work with partners in the financial services industry to leverage Huawei’s deep experience and technological innovation capabilities in financial digital transformation.

The initial FPGGP has 25 members, including seven on the board of directors from Huawei, Sunline, Tongdun Technology, Netis, Wallyt, Sinosoft, and Chinasoft International.

Huawei Intelligent Finance Summit 2021 attendees gathered on stage to launch the Financial Partner Go Global Program (FPGGP)

Huawei Launches the Financial Partner Go Global Program (FPGGP)

Huawei's vision is to build a multi-purpose open ecosystem and enable global financial institutions to serve users in various industries. During the summit, Huawei explores additional cooperation agreements with financial institutions such as Temenos, and plans 15 joint solutions to be released covering a diverse set of use cases.

At the summit, Huawei set up an experience exhibition hall of more than 1,000 square meters. The exhibition hall integrates Huawei Cloud, device, computing, network, storage, digital energy, global services, and hundreds of ecosystem partners through five thematic exhibition areas: inclusive finance, industry finance, agile innovation, data intelligence, and infrastructure. In the form of a one-stop shop to evaluate use cases, scenario experience, demonstrate cutting-edge practices of emerging ICT technologies, and integration and innovation in the financial industry.

Huawei Global Finance Summit is a global ICT event hosted by Huawei that focuses on the financial industry. Founded in 2013, the annual event welcomes participants who are experienced professionals from financial institutions. This year, the Huawei Smart Finance Summit 2021 is being held in Shanghai from June 3-4 and the conference will discuss how to accelerate the development of smart finance and create new value in the industry through four dimensions: strategy, business, technology, and ecosystem.