CGI partners with Conpend and banks to pilot intelligent automation in trade finance

The pilot revealed that the integration of Conpend’s Trade AI solution and the CGI Trade360 platform increased efficiency and effectiveness of trade finance processes for the participating banks – the Bank of Montreal and the National Bank of Canada

LONDON, October 19, 2021CGI (TSX: GIB.A) (NYSE: GIB) – one of the world’s largest IT and business consulting services platforms – and Conpend, a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for trade finance processes, have collaborated to pilot the use of intelligent process automation in capturing, identifying and classifying documents as part of the CGI Trade360 global trade platform’s transaction flow. The purpose of the pilot is to help the banks involved, and others, accelerate their digital transformation by automating paper document flows, ultimately improving their trade finance operations, compliance and relationship management.  The participating banks were the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and the National Bank of Canada (NBC).

The pilot proved the integrated CGI Trade360 and Conpend Trade AI solution increased efficiency and effectiveness of trade finance processes for the participating banks. The project team also documented accuracy and data capture rates as part of a broader set of metrics, which will be used to benchmark the commercial version of the Trade AI platform.

"We at BMO view this initiative as foundational in our ambition to be a digitally enabled Global Trade Finance business. Integration to our core CGI Trade360 platform will enhance operational efficiency and our client experience with this proven intelligent process automation. We appreciate the partnership with CGI and Conpend in our digital transformation journey," said Dean Gillis, Managing Director & Head, Global Trade, BMO.

“This pilot is very exciting for National Bank of Canada since it enables us to accelerate the deployment of digital solutions for our trade finance activities. We are confident this will improve our customers’ experience while allowing us to be more efficient, flexible and agile in answering their ever evolving needs,” said Normand D’Arcy, Senior Manager, International Services, National Bank of Canada.

Marc Smith, founder and director of Conpend, said: “Via our Trade AI application, Conpend provides digital transformation software to the trade finance industry – automating the processing of both digital and paper-based trade documentation. Working collaboratively with CGI Trade360, we are able to substantially and rapidly extend our reach to global financial institutions, many of whom have been struggling with the manual processing of documentation for decades.”

"Financial institutions have a growing need to accelerate their digitization initiatives to become more resilient and meet increased customer and employee expectations around digital capabilities and services," said Frank Tezzi, Vice-President of Trade and Supply Chain Solutions at CGI. "With this successful pilot, our client banks are able to empower their employees and refocus on high-value work while further digitizing trade finance processes and reducing costs."

“Although there has been an increased appetite for rapid technological advancement in recent years, large volumes of paper-based documents persist in trade finance,” Torben Sauer, CEO at Conpend added. “The global supply chain urgently needs a more efficient and reliable method to manually check and process paper-based trade finance documents, and automation – powered by AI and machine learning – can provide the answer.”

He concluded: “This pilot is an excellent example of the Conpend-CGI partnership, and its success strongly demonstrates the transformative potential of Trade AI.”

Find out more about Conpend’s Trade AI app at: www.conpend.ai/trade or ca.linkedin.com/company/conpend

About CGI Trade360

CGI Trade360 delivers all of the software, infrastructure and support resources necessary to power a bank's global trade business. Delivered as a software as a service (SaaS), CGI Trade360 enables banks to provide the full range of traditional trade, supply chain (payables, receivables), cash and collateral management services to their customers—anywhere, anytime—on a single, integrated and global platform.

About Conpend

By automating document checking using AI and machine learning, Conpend’s clients can streamline paper-based processes – providing operational efficiency as well as increasing competitiveness by freeing resources for more meaningful reallocation.

Conpend’s TRADE AI app checks against International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) rules and undertakes compliance checking against the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT) anti-money laundering (AML) guidelines and regulatory sanctions screening, including Office for Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Conpend strives to be part of our clients’ journey every step of the way – offering them the latest innovative solutions that will change their business for the better.

Visit conpend.com to find out more.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest independent IT and business consulting services firms in the world. With 78,000 consultants and other professionals across the globe, CGI delivers an end-to-end portfolio of capabilities, from strategic IT and business consulting to systems integration, managed IT and business process services and intellectual property solutions. CGI works with clients through a local relationship model complemented by a global delivery network that helps clients digitally transform their organizations and accelerate results. CGI Fiscal 2020 reported revenue is C$12.16 billion and CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB). Learn more at cgi.com.

For more information:

Jaskiran Shergill

Finn Partners for Conpend

Jaskiran.Shergill@finnpartners.com

+44 20 3217 7060

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