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

Friday, September 11th, 2020

I write this opening message with a heavy heart, as under normal circumstances I would be opening this month’s newsletter with one of my favourite topics…our Annual Conference!

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THE NEW NORMAL – BANKING FOR THE FUTURE, September 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Who could have imagined a few months back the widespread and rampant disruption that Covid-19 would cause. The pace at which the pandemic has spread and the unprecedented lock downs it has caused with almost 60% of mankind now at home, has questioned literally all facets of our work life that were literally a given, less than a few weeks back.

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THE EVOLUTION OF TRADE DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS, September 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Much has been written about the impacts of Basel IV on trade originators. Similarly, the opportunities offered by the so-called originate-and-distribute model and the growing role of institutional investors have been clearly outlined in various industry papers and articles.

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GLOBAL TRADE’S LITTLE-KNOWN COMFORT BLANKET SLIPS, September 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

Banks and insurers say the private credit insurance market, which plays an important role in global trade, is contracting.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, September 2020

Friday, September 11th, 2020

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

– RXIL
– Tinubu Square
– Trade Connect Global Ltd.

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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, July 2020

Monday, July 20th, 2020

Whilst social distancing is starting to change, in many countries, into social rapprochement, the return to “physical” is still some way off hence our focus, to keep in contact with our members, on organising more and more webinars.

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