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NOW IS AN EXCELLENT TIME TO CONSIDER BUILDING LASTING RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR PEERS… THE ITFA MARTIN ASHURST MENTORING SCHEME 2022, Feb 2022

Thursday, February 17th, 2022

More than ever, there is an opportunity for individuals in the trade finance industry to align their interests and have a positive impact to the real economy and trade finance.

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ITFA ROUNDTABLE: ENABLING TRADE THROUGH DIGITAL SOLUTIONS WHILE PROMOTING GOVERNMENT POLICIES, Feb 2022

Monday, February 14th, 2022

In November last year, the International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA) Middle East Regional Committee held its 4th annual trade finance roundtable, hosted by DP World in collaboration with GTR. In this wrap-up, ITFA brings together some of the key takeaways from the discussion, which is available to view here.

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FROM TRADE WARS TO SUSTAINABLE TRADE, Feb 2022

Tuesday, February 8th, 2022

Over the last few years, we have become inured to weaponised language in trade. So when President Biden renewed US tariffs on solar panel imports at the beginning of February, a weary, “here we go again”, sigh of exasperation was forgivable.

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7 TRENDS ON THE HORIZON, Feb 2022

Friday, January 28th, 2022

I enjoy watching sunrises, and sunsets. With every passing moment, the sky is lit with brilliant colours dancing majestically in various shapes. The shift of scenery is gradual yet sudden. Similarly, interspersed with major events that sometimes accelerate change, industry trends morph from one year to another.

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NEW ITFA MEMBERS, Feb 2022

Wednesday, February 16th, 2022

– ADM International Sarl
– BANCO LATINO AMERICANO DE COMERCIO EXTERIOR (Bladex SA)
– CGI
– IHS Markit
– NN Investment Partners

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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 2022

Friday, January 21st, 2022

CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to The Global Trade Finance Department At SMBC, Dec 2021

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RUSSIA AND UKRAINE: AN INFLATION OF CONFLICT?, Jan 2022

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

At various points during the past decade, news items have highlighted the Russian propensity to deploy ‘blow-up weapons’: inflatable tanks, missile launchers and the like that were indistinguishable from the real thing when viewed via radar or satellite.   

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ITFA Conference Sponsorship Opportunities, Porto 2022

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Planning for the 48th ITFA Annual Conference in Porto, Portugal between 7-9 September 2022 is well underway with the official launch including Early Bird tickets, expected in March/April.
As a voluntary organization, we rely on our sponsors to make all our events a great success.

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DO SOMETHING GOOD, BOOST YOUR CAREER: MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION OF TRADE FINANCIARS, Jan 2022

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

If you are familiar with the ITFA Emerging Leaders Initiative, you will most likely by now have heard us talking at length about the importance of mentoring.

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SO WHO IS SIMON COOK AND WHAT IS HIS CONNECTION WITH ITFA? Jan 2022

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Whilst it is not the case in reality, it certainly doesn’t feel that long ago when I started out as a junior lawyer and received my first taste of trade finance. It was a very different market back in the late 1990’s and, in fact, ITFA was IFA and the forfaiting and factoring markets were quite distinct from the structured trade and commodity finance market I was mostly involved with.

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NORTHERN EUROPEAN REGION MEMBERS SURVEY: FOOD FOR THOUGHT, Jan 2022

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

During the Spring and Summer of 2021, ITFA’s Northern European Regional Committee (NERC) initiated a survey of its members, with the aim of gauging levels of satisfaction with the services and activities that ITFA delivers.

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ITFA New Member, Jan 2022

Friday, January 21st, 2022

ITFA is pleased to welcome one institution to its growing family:

– CalBank PLC     

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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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CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal and Special Adviser to The Global Trade Finance Department At SMBC, Dec 2021

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

As we come to the end of another year, let me first take the opportunity to thank all those who attended our Market Update Seminar and Christmas Cocktail Party, which was held on the 6th December at the Savage Garden Rooftop Bar of the Doubletree, Tower of London Hotel.

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ITFA EMERGING LEADERS – COMMUNITY SURVEY + CALL FOR APPLICATIONS, Dec 2021

Tuesday, December 14th, 2021

2021 marked another successful year for the ITFA Emerging Leaders Initiative. Despite the ongoing pandemic situation, we completed another round of the Martin Ashurst Mentorship Scheme, which connects Emerging Leaders with a pool of global experts and leaders in trade. The scheme allows Emerging Leaders to discuss their career and career path, industry positioning, and insights into the different areas of trade finance.

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TRADE IN 2022 – A LOOK AHEAD, Dec 2021

Thursday, December 9th, 2021

2022 is unlikely to produce the big goods trade rebound that everyone has been hoping for. The Covid pandemic continues with a new variant, Omicron, so there are likely to be sustained pressures on supply chains as well as upward pressure on prices.

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DISCOVERING THE INSURTECH LANDSCAPE, Dec 2021

Monday, December 13th, 2021

The Trade Finance Market is currently going through an important period of transformation in areas such as sustainability and digitalisation. Credit insurance industry commentators estimate that their members provide around $2.5bn of payment risk protection to banks, exporters and investors – equivalent to 13% of world cross border trade for goods and services.

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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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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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