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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, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Rejoice, rejoice! …maybe. International institutions such as the United Nations in World Economic Situation and Prospects for 2021 and central banks such as the Bank of England are expecting a rapid rebound of our economy later during the year.

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SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCE – A KEY UNDERWRITING METRIC FOR RISK-TAKERS, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

ITFA’s Silja Calac interviews AIG’s Global Head of Trade Finance, Marilyn Blattner-Hoyle, on why supply chain resilience matters, and how we as risk-takers can act on it.

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INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS COMMITTED TO THE TRADE FINANCE INVESTMENT CLASS, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Data sharing, digitisation, and harmonisation of SME credit insurance practices are key ingredients to attract more funding to the trade asset class.

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TRADE FINANCE AFTER BREXIT: INSIGHTS FOR TRADE FINANCIERS, ONE MONTH AFTER THE SPLIT, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

As we entered 2021, the Brexit transition period came to an end and Great Britain and the European Union now face a new normal of customs duties and declarations when trading across the border.

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ADVOCACY ACTIVITIES – SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

As you are aware, ITFA continues to cooperate with Hume Brophy to help our regulators to better understand the mechanism of credit risk insurance and how cooperation between insurance companies and banks has a beneficial impact on real economy.

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TRADE FINANCE AND STANDARD-SETTERS: TRADEXPLAIN INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE POUNDER, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

Pouya Jafari of tradeXplain and the ITFA Emerging Leaders Committee spoke to Bruce Pounder, Executive Director at GAAP Lab, about the relationship between corporate financial reporting and trade finance.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, Feb 2021

Thursday, February 11th, 2021

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

– Anthem Bank & Trust
– Artis Finance Limited
– Traxpay GmbH

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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, Jan 2021

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

On behalf of the ITFA Board, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year and all the very best for 2021.

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INTERVIEW WITH NEWLY APPOINTED ITFA BOARD MEMBER, JOHANNA WISSING, Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Q1. Why did you decide to stand for the ITFA Board elections?
ITFA is one of the key trade finance industry bodies next to organisations like the ICC, BAFT and others, and…

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OUTLOOK FOR 2021: RECOVERY SOON, BUT NOT YET, Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Although it is a myth that the word “unprecedented” was the top Google search in 2020 (the top search was “coronavirus”, followed by “election results”), the year that was certainly felt like an unprecedented period of time in our lives.

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REGULATORY ADVOCACY AROUND TRADE DIGITISATION IN FULL SWING, Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a pivotal year for trade digitisation. Technologies have evolved so much over the recent 2-3 years, and the most innovative ones such as electronic signatures and Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), are being more and more accepted in financial services.

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THE IMPORTANCE AND COMMERCIAL RATIONAL OF STRUCTURED LCs IN AFRICAN TRADE FINANCE, Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Structured or ‘Synthetic’ LCs are sometimes seen as a bit of a dirty little secret in Emerging Market Trade Finance.

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