East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018 – 22 May, Nairobi

The ITFA Board is pleased to announce that ITFA will once again partner with GTR at the East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference 2018, which will be held between 22nd and the 23rd of May 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Nairobi. GTR East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference, which returns to Nairobi for its 10th year, is the EAC’s most comprehensive gathering of commodity producers, traders, corporates and financiers.

This year the conference will provide even better value for delegates as ITFA will hold a high impact educational seminar/workshop to mark the “Year of African Trade Finance” and the expansion of its membership into Sub-Saharan Africa. This session will be delivered by the members of the newly set up ITFA Africa Regional Committee.

The ITFA Board is delighted to inform you that it has secured 3 passes, each with a 50% discount for ITFA members to attend this event. As is customary, the discounted passes will be available to ITFA members only on a first come first serve basis. In addition, any other registrations made by ITFA members will be at a 15% discount. In order to register for the discounted passes and benefit from the ITFA discounts please send an email to alexiavella@itfa.orgPlease keep in mind that these offers are not available in conjunction with each other and are eligible for new registrations only. Moreover, each member institution is, at most, entitled to one pass at 50% discount.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce that Duarte Pedreira, ITFA Board Member, Head of Young Professionals and Head of Trade Finance at Crown Agents Bank, and Chairman at the East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference will provide the opening remarks.

Topics for discussion include:

•               Driving economic growth with intra-African trade

•               Boosting competitiveness: Supply chain finance in the manufacturing sector

•               Regulatory update: The impact of the interest rate cap and IFRS9

•               Banking sector perspectives: A return to optimism for 2018?

•               Mapping the region’s soft commodities sector: A guide to financing the agribusiness value chain

•               Case study: Digitising the oil & gas sector

•               The Trade Tech Showcase: Introducing East Africa’s hottest fintechs

•               Interactive SME workshop: A guide to international trade growth and e-commerce

•               Deal analysis: Appetite and capacity for trade credit and political risk insurance in Sub-Saharan Africa

•               Impact funds and sustainable investment: A new player in the trade sector

The ITFA seminar will start immediately after the last session on the second day of the conference, commencing at 14:15hrs, and will focus on some of the contemporary structural issues in trade finance and will be the perfect round-up of the topics discussed during the conference. Topics such as forfaiting and distribution, MRPA, IFRS9, credit and political risk insurance and trade finance structuring will be part of the agenda.

Notwithstanding political risks and structural finance sector challenges impacting the region, a wealth of business opportunity is available to those with an understanding of East African trade. 2018’s event will bring experienced trade and finance specialists to the stage to provide insights on operating in this exciting region, including geopolitical updates, innovations in financial technology, techniques enabling the distribution of finance throughout the manufacturing and commodity value chain, and credit and political risk insurance capacities. With over 300 expected to attend in May, this is an unmissable event for all those doing business in East Africa!

To download the event brochure, please click here.

As always we do hope that our ITFA members make the most of the additional benefits that ITFA is bringing to them through such collaborations

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