TXF Singapore 2019
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SMEs are the engine behind Africa’s trade growth – but funding is scarce. Kofi Adomakoh, head of bank guarantees and special finance at Afreximbank, outlines the bank’s mantra, Impact 2021: Africa Transformed, and explains how improving access to trade finance for SMEs is key to promoting intra-African trade.
Farooq Siddiqi, global head of trade and Samuel Mathew, global head of documentary trade at Standard Chartered talk to TXF in Singapore about the big picture of protectionism and the wider march of technology in trade. The message is, don’t fixate on digital ‘islands’ as going more deeply into local markets could be the answer.
Will blockchain be able to learn the lessons of previous failures in attempts to digitise global trade? Sen Ganesh, partner with Bain & Company’s Financial Services practice and Joshua Kroeker, director and blockchain lead at HSBC Commercial Banking argue there’s a good chance, and that blockchain could even boost uptake of documentary credits if players follow certain maxims: think big, start small, grow fast.
In the latest edition of law firm Sullivan & Worcester’s Trade Finance Breakfast Seminar, partners Joel Telpner and Geoffrey Wynne outline the benefits of blockchain as well as the resultant legal issues the fintech industry will be faced with in trade and trade finance.
TXF spoke with Rachael Anstock, head of UK credit & political risks at Zurich, to discuss the insurer’s product innovations, and to find out whether the private market is competing with ECAs for business, rather than collaborating.