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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to The Global Trade Finance Department At SMBC, Nov 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Hope is one of the great theological virtues and a fresh supply is desperately needed with the year we’ve had. Have we found some?

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ITFA EMERGING LEADERS – SHORTLISTED PROPOSALS FOR THE TRADE FINANCIER AWARD 2020, Nov 2020

Friday, November 13th, 2020

This year, an impressive 19 projects were submitted to the ITFA Emerging Leaders Competition, with 5 projects selected as finalists, as well as a special mention project from a senior member.

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ITFA’S SECOND TRADE FINANCE DISTRIBUTION FORUM IN THE MIDDLE EAST WITH COVID-19 PERSPECTIVE, Nov 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

On May 18, 2020, the ITFA Middle East Regional Committee, currently chaired by Mr Semih Ozkan, Director, Structured Trade Finance Head, Middle East, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, organized the second trade finance distribution forum in the region.

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THE AFRICAN SME TRADE GAP, COVID-19 AND PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS, Nov 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Even before Covid-19, the Trade Finance Gap in Emerging Markets was a hot topic, with a lot of Multilaterals, Governments, DFIs and the larger Global Trade community expressing great concern and a belief that if this Gap could be closed it would be hugely beneficial in developing economies.

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TRADE DIGITAL TRENDS, ECOSYSTEMS AND THE IMPACTS OF CREDIT INSURANCE AND INSTITUTIONAL FUNDING ON BANKS’ BUSINESS MODELS

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Predominant financial institutions have taken the lead on the TFD Initiative and recently outlined how digital trends, new ecosystems and regulations are impacting trade distribution practices.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, Nov 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

ITFA is pleased to welcome the following three institutions to its growing family:

– Coral Energy Group
– DekaBank Deutsche Girozentrale
– Oldenburgische Landesbank AG

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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to The Global Trade Finance Department At SMBC, October 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

It has been a long time since we mentioned Brexit. With all the uncertainty COVID-19 brought about, it is easy to forget about other important issues. But 1st January 2021, the day when the UK will be treated as a non-EU country, is just around the corner.

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THE INCORPORATION OF ESG IN THE TRADE FINANCE ASSET CLASS, Oct 2020

Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

Trade finance has an undeniable role to play in the development of a more sustainable world. The incorporation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations in trade finance brings widespread benefits to the goods’ and services’ supply chains.

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DLT IN ACTION – ITFA’S dDOC SPECIFICATIONS HELP DIGITISE GUARANTEES AND NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS, IN THE MOST PRAGMATIC WAY, October 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

How can trade banks digitise original documents such as bank guarantees and bills of exchange? How can the use of paper originals be avoided to widen the financing window and to avoid delivery via postal services? How can digital originals be exchanged through banks’ own portals? What are the dDOC specifications? Is DLT finally helping trade banks?

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RULES OF THE GAME: WHY THE WHO’S NEXT HEAD NEEDS TO LEARN FAST, Oct 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

There are two people left standing for what is either the best, or the worst, job in world trade at the moment – Director General of the WTO: Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korea’s Yoo Myung-hee. Whoever wins has a monumental task ahead of them – the previous Director, Roberto Azevedo quit earlier than expected.

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HOW GOVERNMENTS CAN HELP SMEs WITHOUT GETTING TO DEBT LEVELS, Oct 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The challenges facing countless small businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic do not need to be reiterated. Everyone is aware of the challenges posed by the lockdown measures, especially as governments brace for the second wave, and the toll this has had.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, October 2020

Monday, October 19th, 2020

ITFA is pleased to welcome the following three institutions to its growing family:

–  ABB
– Syndicate 3902 Ark Syndicate
Management Ltd
– Trade Ledger

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