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UPDATE FROM THE MARKET PRACTICE COMMITTEE, Mar 2021

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

This document outlines our current areas of work – as of February 2021– and in each case includes a brief description of the topic and a status update.

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ITFA NEW MEMBERS, Mar 2021

Wednesday, March 10th, 2021

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

– Aronova Interactive Ltd
– HFW 
– KCS Group Europe Limited

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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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UPDATE ON ITFA GRC’s LATEST WEBINAR HELD ON 20 NOVEMBER 2020, Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

On November 20th 2020, the ITFA German Regional Committee organized an educational webinar on Trade Finance Distribution (TFD) Initiative.

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TRADE FINANCE DISTRIBUTION 2.0 – CHIMERA FOR SOME? – Jan 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

Trade finance distribution has been receiving exponentially more interest and investment over the last decade – driven by tighter regulations, narrowing credit appetite, liquidity, enhanced client demand driven by increase in trade and many more.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, Jan 2021

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

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

– GlobalTrade Corporation
– Price Forbes & Partners 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, Dec 2020

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

We come to the end of a year that I am sure all of us would rather not have lived through and certainly never expected.

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RESULTS OF THE ITFA AGM HELD ON 1 DECEMBER 2020, Dec 2020

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

It is with great pride that the ITFA Board announces the smooth running of its first virtual Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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VIEW FROM THE TOP – 2020 EDITION – ITFA MIDDLE EAST, Dec 2020

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

We see that the regional economic outlook is highly uncertain due to the pandemic and related disruptions as well as lower oil price.

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