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R3 appointed to Trade Finance Advisory Council
14 March 2019

Nord Stream 2 leaves politics in its wake
Nord Stream 2 leaves politics in its wake
Jonathan Bell
14 February 2019

Despite the intense political debate surrounding the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the project is moving ahead at great pace. Jonathan Bell examines what all the fuss is about.

Expert briefing: Brexit, trade, and blockchain
Expert briefing: Brexit, trade, and blockchain
Alisa DiCaprio
4 February 2019

How could blockchain processes have helped streamline the challenges of supply chain management evolving under Brexit? In a paper by R3 and the Global Trade Strategy Forum, Alisa diCaprio outlines the benefits. It may be too late (or too soon) to help with that thorny challenge, but the transparency afforded by distributed ledger technology could mitigate any form of disruption from trade uncertainty.

Can supply chain finance plug Asian SMEs’ financing gap?
Can supply chain finance plug Asian SMEs’ financing gap?
Callum Burroughs
28 September 2016

SMEs in Asia and the Pacific face acute challenges in obtaining financing, with unique geographies and low bank densities forming barriers for businesses. The development of supply chain finance alternatives has been slow but a new programme in Malaysia could begin to offer new options for SMEs in the region.

Unmet demand for trade finance hit $1.6trn in 2015
Unmet demand for trade finance hit $1.6trn in 2015
Callum Burroughs
20 September 2016

The Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) annual Trade Finance Gaps report highlights specific difficulties in developing markets in Asia and Africa amongst a general gap of $1.6 trillion. Particular to the report is the plight of emerging market SMEs, which are most likely to be rejected for funding.

ADB survey reveals persistent trade finance gap hurting Asian growth
ADB survey reveals persistent trade finance gap hurting Asian growth
Jonathan Bell
23 December 2014

A new ~Asian Development Bank^ (ADB) survey reveals that large market gaps for trade finance are undermining growth and job creation. The report was compiled with support from partner agencies.