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3rd Annual East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference

3rd Annual East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference

KenyaNairobi, Kenya | May 17, 2011
Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Event Review

The 3rd Annual East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference in Nairobi, Kenya attracted a record number of delegates from a wide variety of sectors to discuss the region’s challenges and opportunities in the financing and trading of goods and commodities.

As the popularity of various EAC economies gathers pace, the event, hosted by Exporta in the grand surroundings of the Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi, was well timed to act as a central meeting point for delegates to share their knowledge and experience of this exciting market.

Widely regarded as the premier event of its kind for the region, the programme included a range of industry experts who presented and engaged in involved discussion on key market topics, such as the role of commodities in driving regional prosperity, how banks can aid SME and corporate growth, exploring the region’s growing oil & gas sector, the realities of investment risk in East Africa, reducing risk and increasing liquidity, the challenges in implementing a common market and facilitating trade through inward investment.

Complementing a large East African presence at the conference, delegates also attended from across the globe, including the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Malta, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria and Ghana to name but a few. This healthy mix of domestic and international delegates illustrates the region’s attractiveness while also creating constructive and enlightening networking opportunities.

Following the conclusion of the day’s proceedings, delegates were treated to a special drinks reception, hosted by Ecobank, where they were able to carry on their discussions in a more informal setting.



Exporta returns to Nairobi for the 3rd time to find Kenya at the epicentre of the buoyant East African market. This increased spotlight is duly deserved as the region has forged an enviable growth record since the beginning of the global crisis, with forecast levels expected to outperform many other emerging markets. The ability to utilise lucrative south-south trade flows due to geographical advantages, combined with a stable trading environment, is why commodity growth levels are expected to soar.

Among those providing expert opinion and unique insight will be leading industry decision makers from local and international banks; export credit agencies; multilaterals; lawyers; commodity traders and many other protagonists within the world of East African trade and commodity finance and beyond.

The format of the conference will enable delegates to contribute to vigorous panel discussions as well as gain individual perspective from case study presentations. As always, networking opportunities will be at the heart of the conference and can be used to develop new business contacts as well as expand industry awareness through peer-to-peer discussions.

Among the topics to be discussed over the course of the day:
• Analysing trade flows in the East African region
• What more can banks do to aid SME and corporate growth?
• Exploring the region’s growing oil & gas sector
• Tracking appetite for trade & commodity finance risk
• Exploring the realities of investment risk
• How corporates are using technology to drive operational efficiencies
• Reducing risk and increasing liquidity in East Africa
• Facilitating trade through inward investment
• What is the biggest hurdle to East African trade?

Who should attend?
• Trade, export and commodity finance heads and directors
• Corporate finance directors, CFOs and treasurers
• Commodity brokers and traders
• Insurance underwriters and brokers
• Export credit agencies
• Multilaterals
• Solution providers
• Lawyers and consultants
• Market analysts and policy advisors

There will be a special reception following the event where all delegates can continue the day's discussions and engage in further dialogue in a more informal setting.


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Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Harry Thuku Road
3rd Annual East Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference


Delegates are responsible for the arrangement and payment of their own travel and accommodation. 

Upon registering to attend this event, Exporta will inform you of how to book accommodation at the venue.


Sponsorship opportunities including exhibition stands are available for this event.

To become a sponsor, please contact Tom Whitehead, Head of Sponsorship Sales at

Exporta's events have a global reputation, renowned for superb networking opportunities and educational presentations by high-profile speakers.

Time after time our events attract the leading companies in our market as sponsors.

See below for a full list of our Event Sponsors, Institutional Partners and Media Partners and click on the logo to visit their web site. 

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Sponsored by

  • standard bank
  • Fimbank
  • Nedbank
  • Afreximbank
  • Misys
  • Ecobank
Institutional partners
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  • Afribiz
  • Ethiopian Bankers Association
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  • TradeInvest Africa
  • Menas
  • Sahara Focus
  • CEEMarket Watch
  • Berne Union
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