A landmark deal for CMOC Brazil provides what is the largest structured commodity finance deal for niobium the market has seen, and demonstrates the importance of structured financing for security of supply.
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ECA support is integral to getting several large-scale carbon-intensive projects across the financial line in sub-Saharan Africa this year, with social infra schemes also high on the financing agenda of agencies active on the continent.
Blockchain was heralded and hyped as a great hope for SMEs accessing trade finance. Now, with a couple of failures of prominent solutions, questions are being asked. Wagons have circled, but will there be wider implications of the We.trade and Serai wind-ups on bank and non-bank finance for trade, and are there bigger long-term problems for financing trade?
There’s been a lot of doubt around whether the ‘S’ in ‘ESG’ can be tangibly, efficiently, and inexpensively measured. But with ES³G’s social scoring app piloting in the garments industry, perhaps some similar advancement could be made in the commodities space.