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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 2021

Friday, November 19th, 2021

I cannot but start with the commitment made by the UK government during the COP26, to make the UK the world’s first ‘net-zero aligned financial centre’, which will eventually make it compulsory for companies to publish their plan setting out how they will decarbonise and transition to net zero.

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THE ITFA MIDDLE EAST REGIONAL COMMITTEE ANNUAL TRADE FINANCE DISTRIBUTION WEBINAR ‘Understanding the blueprint for Regional Trade Finance Distribution’, Nov 2021

Friday, November 12th, 2021

On 18th October 2021 the International Trade & Forfaiting Association ‘ITFA’ Middle East Regional Committee held its 3rd Annual Trade Finance Distribution Webinar titled “Understanding the blueprint for Regional Trade Finance Distribution”.

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GIDDINESS AND STOICISM ON WORLD TRADE AND ESG AT ITFA, Nov 2021

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

The masks came off as building resilience in world trade and ESG ran in tandem at ITFA’s in person annual event in Bristol.
World trade is finding the balance between giddiness and stoicism [which is another take on the word resilience] a hard one to pull off.

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”COLLABORATION AT ITS BEST” – HOW OUR STRATEGIC TRADE FINANCE INITIATIVES PUT IT TO WORK, Nov 2021

Tuesday, November 9th, 2021

A total of 200+ ITFA members flocked to Bristol on Wednesday October 6th to attend the ITFA Annual Conference which started with a half-day Fintech briefing. This was our 3rd edition that we organised following a good start in Cape Town (2018) and a 2nd one in Budapest (2019).

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ITFA NEW MEMBERS, Nov 2021

Thursday, November 18th, 2021

ITFA is pleased to welcome two institutions to its growing family:

– Cope Ehlers, P.C. 
– Sterling Bank PLC    

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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, Oct 2021

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

I am basking in a warm post-conference glow after returning from Bristol, the venue of the 47th Annual Conference. Given the present circumstances and after one year’s absence, this year’s event was a remarkable success, attracting over 200 delegates from 18 countries!

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THE TRADE CREDIT VILLAGE JUST GOT SMALLER. DOES THE ZURICH EXIT MATTER?, Oct 2021

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Departures from parts of the trade credit and CPRI market – in particular by Zurich and QBE – have raised eyebrows as reduced capacity could make it harder for banks to secure a programme with a single insurer.

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2021 ANNUAL ITFA CONFERENCE – 5 THINGS WE LEARNED, Oct 2021

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

ITFA’s Annual Conference, hosted this year in Bristol, UK from 6 – 8 October, brought together nearly 200 members of the ITFA international community. In three days, market trends in a post-pandemic world, legal and regulatory updates, fintech initiatives and ESG efforts were just some of the topics discussed.

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HOW BRIGHT THE DAWN, Oct 2021

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

At the ITFA Annual Conference in Bristol Deutsche Bank’s Sanjay Raja shares his outlook for GDP growth, perspective on the tightening labour market, and concerns about inflation, after a strong start to 2021 that changed course as the year went on.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, Oct 2021

Thursday, October 21st, 2021

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

– ABBYY 
– Access Bank PLC                                                  
– Accelerated Payments Ltd                      
– Banque Saudi Fransi
– DP World Financial Services Limited
– Pemberton Asset Management
– Ta3meed Financing Platform 
– Zenith Bank PLC (Nigeria)

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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, Aug 2021

Thursday, August 19th, 2021

Good vibes are still in the air following our successful first in person event, the NERC Summer Event, which we hosted on 12th August. The well attended event, with over 120 participants, was held at the Savage Gardens, London.

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THE IMPERATIVE OF SUSTAINABILITY, Aug 2021

Friday, August 20th, 2021

The ITFA’s 47th Annual Conference from the 6th – 8th October has at its heart sustainability and digital technologies for enabling trade finance.

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