CHAIRMAN’S MESSAGE – Sean Edwards, ITFA Chairman / Head of Legal And Special Adviser To The Global Trade Finance Department At SMBC, Sep 2022

Dear Members and Friends,  

What can I say…. never have I been prouder to be part of ITFA! What a great 48th Annual Conference that was. Over 320 in-person delegates; a perfect mix of bankers, financiers, insurers, lawyers and fintech’s, gathered under one roof for nearly 4 days in the magical city of Porto with common goals: learning and networking, and why not…. having fun with friends, old and new! 

In this respect may I take the opportunity, on behalf of my fellow Board members, to thank all those who attended and showed the enduring strength and bonds of our community. This year we also had the pleasure of having Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger, co-founder of our association, previously International Forfaiting Association (IFA), where she served as the Deputy Chairman until September 2003.

Also, I am grateful that once again you believed in me and had me re-elected as Chairman of the Board.  From my end I endeavour to ensure that the association maintains its leading position as the international association for banks and financial institutions involved in trade and keeps working on behalf of our members by promoting your interests, increasing knowledge and offering solutions.

A special thanks also goes to our record number of sponsors: Deutsche Bank (Platinum); African Export-Import Bank & J.P.Morgan (Gold); Bank of China, Cargoes by DP World, Swiss Re, The Texel Group & WTW (Premium Silver);  Banco Finantia, BPL Global, Demica, FCMB Bank (UK) Ltd, Finastra, HSBC, Santander & SMBC (Silver),  360tf, Africa Trade Finance, Artis Finance, BACB, Enigio, GlobalTrade Corporation, Komgo, Liberty Specialty Markets, LiquidX, Marsh, Mitigram, ODDO BHF, Sullivan, Taulia, UniCredit & XDC Network (Bronze). Thanks for your valuable support, without which it is certainly, hard, if not impossible, to host such a high calibre event!

Huge and sincere thanks go to my fellow board members. It’s a great honour serving ITFA’s members and being surrounded by such a great team. Fantastic teamwork!

And now, whilst we wave farewell to Porto we look forward as we have already started working on the 49th Annual Conference which will be held in Abu Dhabi. Please stay tuned and follow us on LinkedIn for more updates.

Last but not least, we are proud to welcome the following new members to ITFA:  AFC Debt Management Kft, Blackstone & Gold LLC, Dialogue Exchange Global Ltd, Finverity, mBank SA, Mercury Resources LLC, SCHUMANN GmbH, Synovus Bank, UBS O’Connor, UOB Global Capital Finance Ltd. We are also so glad to welcome back the following institution:  ABN Amro Bank NV.

As always, we look forward to hearing from you with any feedback you may want to share with us by sending an email to myself, any of the Board Members or to our general email,

Best regards,

Sean Edwards

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