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North America Trade & Export Finance Conference
The Westin New York at Times Square
North American trade leaders meet in NYC to discuss emerging opportunities
Exporta Group, the market leading independent information provider for the financial services industry, returned to New York City on June 12, 2013 for the North America Trade & Export Finance Conference.
The 9th annual conference in this long established series saw extensive discussion on the opportunities and challenges being posed to the region’s business leaders and financiers as increased emerging markets trade is sought to combat the economic stagnation being experienced by North America’s primary trade partners.
The conference opened with keynote speaker Joseph Lupton, J.P. Morgan’s Senior Global Economist, suggesting that the green shoots emerging across the regional economy point to the coming of a fully established recovery in 2014, while highlighting a domestic corporate sector predominantly characterised by good health and cash-rich balance sheets.
“Notwithstanding the ongoing economic recession, some US companies are enjoying robust business growth, in many cases by expanding their international sales,” added Gary Mendell, President of Meridian Finance Group on the sidelines of the event. “The US represents less than 25% of global GDP and less than 5% of world population, so it stands to reason that US companies may find more customers overseas than domestically. But global demand for credit is also on the rise, and therein lies the challenge for many US corporates, and their banks. This conference is a welcome and timely forum for trade finance players to compare notes and to share solutions for bringing international trade transactions to fruition.”
A mixture of top tier corporate and banking supply chain experts drew the distinction between supply chain financing as a key tool for the realisation of strategic initiatives rather than an initiative in itself, stressing the importance that companies establish supplier programmes in a manageable localised market before embarking on ambitious global programmes. Discussion on the high-growth export finance market brought the support being provided by US Exim into the spotlight, citing low volumes in comparison with other ECAs such as China’s Sinosure. Leading actors suggested that a level playing field across the global sector is potentially still two decades away, adding that the capital markets will play an increasingly significant role in the future of export financing.
The programme concluded with a lively panel of senior players from the Canadian market including representatives from Bombardier Aerospace, Scotiabank and CIBC citing the need for Canadian banks to lead their clients in ‘thinking globally’ to diversify export markets. The strengthening Canadian dollar also provided cause for debate, where it was argued that a short-term reduction in export volumes would be offset by increased competitiveness in the long run resulting from the necessity for Canadian companies to rely on factors other than price to win business in the global marketplace.
With over 140 senior industry actors from across the regional and international markets in attendance networking played a prominent role, where the day’s proceedings were concluded with an evening reception providing a more informal setting for continuation of the day’s discussions.
Exporta is delighted to announce its return to New York in June 2013 for the North America Trade & Export Finance Conference, the only event of its kind for the region's trade and export finance community.
As economic uncertainty and restricted liquidity continue to challenge global markets the potential of increased exports, and particularly those to fast growing emerging markets, to ease fragile fiscal conditions being experienced on the North American continent are increasingly being placed beneath the spotlight. The North America Trade & Export Finance Conference is well timed to explore the opportunities open to those companies seeking to expand into non-traditional markets, as well as the challenges faced by those financiers tasked with facilitating their international trade.
Building on Exporta’s strong presence in the US market the latest addition to its North America portfolio will feature a broader focus and strong emphasis on emerging markets trade, reflecting the changing needs and financing priorities of the international business community in the United States and Canada.
The event will again bring together expert practitioners from the continent’s leading corporates, financial institutions, and financial services providers, providing a platform for high level networking and discussion on crucial topics such as the effects of challenging global conditions on North American trade flows, business opportunities offered by key emerging markets, the banking sector’s ability to finance increased exports and the role of the government in stimulating growth.
Utilising Exporta’s proven programme format, including lively panel discussions, in-depth case studies and detailed presentations, the day’s agenda will incorporate numerous networking break outs, providing delegates with the opportunity to form crucial business connections with new contacts and renew old acquaintances. The conference will be followed by an evening networking reception, where attendees can continue their discussions within a more informal setting.
Topics to be discussed include:
● Analysing the impact of volatile global markets on North American trade flows
● Exploring key trends in export financing and the role of export credit agencies in assisting North American exports
● How are corporate financiers stabilising an increasingly complex global supply chain?
● Outlining the options available for managing risk when doing business in non-traditional markets
● Profiling levels of risk and reward when trading with the MENA region
● How are Canadian companies adapting to global market conditions and what role is to be played by the financial sector in facilitating their trade?
● Assessing demand and capacity for trade credit and political risk insurance on the continent
● Discussing the challenges, risks and rewards involved with the adoption of multibank trade finance solutions
● What potential does Americas-Asia trade offer North American companies and FIs?
08.00 Registration and refreshments
12.50 Presenting findings from the ICC’s Trade Register and Global Survey 2013
15.10 Tracking developments in trade credit and political risk insurance
The Westin New York at Times Square270 West 43rd Street
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