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10 August 2022

TXF APAC: Rebranding Commodity Finance and Natural Resources

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Asia-Pacific, Europe
Commodities content manager
With only five weeks to go until TXF APAC: Commodity Finance and Natural Resources in Singapore, here’s some of the highlights that attendees can look forward to, and why TXF’s commodities events have rebranded to focus more on physical trade flows.

In just five weeks, TXF APAC: Commodity Finance and Natural Resources is finally returning to Singapore for the first time since 2019! The hybrid occasion will be held in physical format in the Sofitel on Sentosa Island, and as a virtual event hosted on TXF’s very own platform Kujenga. The action will take place on 15 September.

To utilise the end of a three-year hiatus to virtual-only events in the region, TXF APAC will comprise over four hours of extended networking breaks throughout the day, as well as ice breaker drinks on the eve of the event and a cocktail reception following the main day of content.

We’re looking forward to welcoming a whole host of familiar faces, but some new ones are also expected as there has been some changes made to TXF’s commodities events. What used to be a vastly commodity finance-focused set of events has now been rebranded to ‘Commodity Finance and Natural Resources’.

Whilst content will still spotlight commodity trade finance, the rebrand lends itself to more concentration on the flow of physical goods – a matter that is more prominent than ever throughout the ‘perfect storm’ of various disruptions faced by the industry over the past year and beyond.

And with US and EU sanctions against Russia still amplifying amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, causing almost every industry participant to readjust their trade flows, the physical trading of commodities will continue to be at the forefront of discussions. This new approach encourages some fresh faces to join amongst the more familiar, with particular emphasis on engaging more with the producer community.

The agenda itself spotlights producers, with a session focussing on how the high commodities prices and margin calls are placing enormous strains on producers’ finances – especially those without access to large, flexible credit lines. Another session explores supply chain disruption and potential hedging solutions, from government and corporate strategies to diversification of supply and implementation of supply chain managers.

Perhaps one of the most exciting sessions to look forward to at the event is the carbon credit trading panel. This is the first time that a TXF event has had its own standalone carbon credit trading session, and it has received a huge amount of interest as it gains momentum in the region.

Moderated by Freepoint Commodity’s head of structuring, Michael Wang, the panel comprises carbon credit trading experts Tony Gai, head of environmental product trading at Freepoint, and Rushan Pandya, head of carbon, Asia-Pacific at Trafigura, to discuss how carbon credit trading operates, which markets are already liquid, and what role traders play.

All of these trends and headwinds, and so much more, will be explored further in Singapore, at a time when it couldn’t be more vital to come together as an industry after so long apart. Traders and producers at past events have accounted for an impressive 60% of the guestlist, including names such as Golden Agri-Resources, Agrocorp International, Shell International Eastern Trading Company, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Louis Dreyfus, Cargill, Trafigura, Mercuria, Olam, Bunge, and so many more!

CALL FOR FEMALE SPEAKERS: The commodity finance industry is a traditionally male dominated space, particularly so within the APAC region. At TXF, we strive to have an equal as possible representation between male and female speakers. If you would like to recommend a female colleague, or recommend yourself to speak at TXF APAC: Commodity Finance and Natural Resources, please email TXF’s commodity content manager Aife Howse, at aife.howse@txfmedia.com

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