New ICC Academy certification focuses on e-invoicing solutions

Singapore, 11 July: The educational arm of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the ICC Academy—in partnership with Mastercard, Basware and Xero—has launched the E-Invoicing Solutions Certificate (ESC). The specialised online programme aims to help businesses improve working capital efficiency and productivity by equipping them with the necessary knowledge and expertise required to implement electronic invoicing, also known as e-invoicing.

In today’s digital economy, where cross border trade is becoming increasingly prevalent, businesses are continuously looking to streamline the complexities of processing invoices. As a result, businesses have turned to e-invoicing—resulting in steady and unequivocal industry growth in recent years— allowing them cost savings and increased control, as well as fraud reduction and an improved customer experience.

Speaking about the new certificate, ICC Academy General Manager Daniel Kok said: “The programme provides a collaborative mapping for businesses to understand what e-invoicing entails, its benefits and the steps required to ensure successful implementation. Created with leading industry players, the programme leverages a deep understanding of the digital payments ecosystem to increase the efficiency of an organisation’s finance operations and spur on-time payments, while making it easier to transact with customers.

While today’s borderless world has thrown the floodgates for trade wide open, it has also presented businesses with processing and payment related challenges. According to a Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Financing Survey, customer payment delays are a top finance-related concern, with three in five SMEs struggling with the implications of delayed payments from customers. In the same vein, a United States Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis study indicated that about 92% of e-invoices were “paid on time” compared to 45% of paper invoices.

When companies are just starting out, invoicing is pretty straightforward. It’s when the volume of customers increases that it starts to become a challenge. Digitising invoicing is essential to a business’s ability to grow today. While this may sound daunting, it starts with a simple switch to e-invoicing. For ambitious SMEs, this practical and user-friendly e-course is a must, as it combines the decades of know-how and resources of the ICC Academy, Mastercard, Basware and Xero to help SMEs improve their day-to-day business operations” said James Anderson, Executive Vice President, Commercial Products, Mastercard.

Divided into five lessons, the three-hour interactive e-course outlines traditional invoicing methods, offers an overview of e-invoicing and highlights the importance of going digital, along with six industry case studies. Candidates taking the programme can also get insight into the digital transformation journey of Churros Republic – the fastest growing Singapore-start-up, recently selected as the “Preferred Churros Partner” for the Michelin Street Food Festival.

Commenting on the importance of the certificate, Basware Corporate Vice President Perttu Nihti said: “According to research from Basware and Mastercard, only 20% of businesses have automated accounts payable processes that are optimised to effectively manage invoice payment. By adopting e-invoicing, businesses can improve productivity, control cash flow and management of working capital, enhance supplier-customer relationships, control fraud and decrease their carbon footprint.”

“Basware has been providing e-invoicing services across the world for the last 20 years. We are extremely delighted to have partnered with the ICC Academy in creating this certificate programme that provides an overview of e-invoicing and its step-by-step implementation.” added Mr Nihti.

The curriculum will be delivered via the ICC Academy’s innovative digital platform, which can be used on multiple devices. The platform includes new features, such as an integrated and searchable course glossary, dynamic videos, a quiz review dashboard for assessment tracking, achievement badges, automatic bookmarking and pre-assessment games.

Learn more about the E-invoicing Solutions Certificate (ESC) and try our interactive demo. The certification is available for US$350 and can be purchased today.

About Mastercard: Mastercard (NYSE: MA) is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our global payments processing network connects consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. Mastercard products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @Mastercard, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau.
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About Basware: Basware is the global leader in providing networked source-to-pay solutions, e-invoicing and innovative financing services. Basware’s commerce and financing network connects businesses in over 100 countries. As the largest open business network in the world, Basware provides scale and reach for organizations enabling them to grow their business by simplifying and streamlining financial processes.
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About Xero: Born in the cloud, Xero is a beautiful, easy-to-use platform for small businesses and their advisors. Xero provides its 1.8 million subscribers with connections to a thriving ecosystem of 700+ third party apps and 200+ connections to banks and financial service providers.
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