The agenda is designed in a way that will provide delegates with a content rich and detailed discussion forum, focused purely on export and agency finance.
20th – 21st April
Separately bookable “School of ECA Finance” hosted by Valerie Colville and Francisco Anzola of CC Solutions
Evening of 21st April
6.30pm - Georgetown walking tour and pre-conference drinks, available to all guests
8am - registration and coffee
ANONYMOUS INDUSTRY SURVEY
Upon arrival, guests will complete a short poll on the export and agency finance industry. Results will then be shared with the audience in the final session, and distributed to all who attended after the conference.
8:15am - BBVA breakfast briefing: Latin America
Risk outlook for the region - followed by business implications for export and agency finance- including recent developments on commodity price fluctuation, BNDES funding, Petrobras and Mexican energy deregulation.
9:20am - Chairman’s opening remarks
Jonathan Bell, editor-in-chief, TXF: Trade and Export Finance
9:30am - Keynote Interview: Jonathan Bell interviews US Ex-Im bank
Followed by audience question and answer session
10:00am - TXF Data: Trends in tagmydeals data and industry outlook
An exclusive presentation looking into export, agency and ECA-backed project finance trends across the region – derived from individual deals data
10:20am - Direct lending and project support
Comparing US Ex-Im policies and products to the wider global picture - which models are most prevalent, how is the picture changing?Where does US Ex-Im want to be on the global scale of ECAs, and how does it currently compare?Latest developments on US Ex-Im direct lending. What lessons have been learnt? What is next?
JAMES CRUSE, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, POLICY, US EX-IM BANK
11:10am - Coffee and networking
11:40am - Panel Discussion:Trends in liquidity and capacity for long term lending
This session will evaluate the credit environment and assess the various sources of long term financing currently available. What impact are issues such as global interest rates, QE and regulation having on the cost, availability and competitiveness of long term capital.
GEORGINA BAKER, HEAD OF SYNDICATIONS, IFC
BOB MORIN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, US EX-IM BANK
JORDAN W. SCHWARTZ, HEAD OF GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITY, WORLD BANK
EMILIO GILIBERTO, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF STRUCTURED TRADE FINANCE, BBVA
12:20pm - Financing projects in Africa
What does the power Africa initiative mean in practice, and what can be expected in the coming two-year period?
How can the project proposal to project completion ratio be improved?
What ways can large projects be financed? Finding structures to assist poorer government borrowers and SOEs
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, OPIC
RICK ANGIUONI, DIRECTOR - AFRICA, US EX-IM BANK
PHILLIPS LEE, HEAD OF EXPORT FINANCE, USA, SG
OLIVER ANDREWS, CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER,,AFRICA FINANCE CORPORATION
1pm – 2.15pm - Lunch
2:15pm - Risk underwriting: Claims, losses, hot spots and capacity shifts
A presentation on some of the current trends being seen and the risk outlook this creates.
DAVID ANDERSON, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ZURICH
Followed by- Panel: Products, policies and underwriting considerations in a volatile world
How has the process of underwriting insurance changed and what cover is available and when. Does it make sense to purchase private insurance? How does the risk and cost profile change? What does it mean to FIs? How does it compare to public sector procedures and products? Banking attitudes to private versus ECA cover.
KEN HANSEN, PARTNER, CHARDBOURNE & PARKE
SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, MIGA
MODERATED BY RICHARD ABIZAID, HEAD OF AMERICAS REGION, ZURICH
3:10pm - How have ECAs changed since the financial crisis? And what is the role of ECAs in 2015?
What does the modern ECA look like? Flexibility v reliability? Competition v collaboration? Guarantees v lending? How much common ground should exist between agencies? How should agencies approach the capital markets? How are ECAs regulated in terms of green initiatives and climate change? How can ECAs best support exporters as EPC contractors? Made by v made in v made for.
ISABEL GALDIZ, HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, US EX-IM BANK
TOPI VESTERI, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, FINNVERA
CAROLINE DICKENS, HEAD – IFI AND ECA BUSINESS
DAVID LUDLOW, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, UKEF
4:00pm- Coffee and networking
4:20pm - Design the perfect ECA- Hosted by Valerie Colville, Principle, CC Solutions
Guests will be divided into two groups where they eachwill be asked to list and then prioritise the most important facets of an ECA, and one suggestion for an innovation that would greatly advance ECA finance. Both sets of answers are then discussed amongst the group.
4:20pm - A guide to frontier sectors- John Schuster, 32 Advisors
SATELLITES- Like infrastructure, but a bit different…What challenges exist, and why have ECAs become such an essential part of the growth of this sector.
NUCLEAR - How to finance nuclear energy projects with agency finance
5:00pm - The role of the modern development bank- Art Pilzer, Vice President, Betchel
The part that DFIs can play in fostering private sector growth. Partnering with ECAs and banks – the challenges faced and how difficulties could be eased. An open discussion on the impact of the BRICS bank on ECA and DFI finance, plus the world bank gif initiative.
5:00pm - Pricing in 2015
Last year saw large levels of liquidity chasing few assets – will this trend continue? Is pricing too low? Is it sustainable?
Discussing pricing (and re-pricing) trends for the year ahead and the key drivers from regulation, to interest rates and global risk indicators.
6:00pm- Drinks reception
Including: Voting results from the morning survey revealed and discussed. Presentations from the group “design the perfect ECA” session followed by a vote for the winning innovation
(On the 23rd and 24th April the US ExIm Annual Conference will take place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington DC)