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2nd Annual Levant Region Trade & Export Finance Conference
With Levant businesses facing both domestic and regional challenges, Exporta’s 2nd Annual Levant Region Trade & Export Finance Conference at the InterContinental Phoenicia in Beirut was perfectly timed to address the changing operational and financing priorities of local corporate and financial institutions.
The prestigious annual meeting was opened by a double keynote address by the ICC Lebanon and Mr. Nassib Ghobril, Chief Economist and Head of Economic Research & Analysis at Byblos Bank Group. The opening presentations focused on the macroeconomic positioning of the Levant region within the wider market, how the current political situation is affecting trade and the role of banks in facilitating exports, essential to economic growth.
Dr. Khater Abi Habib, Chairman of the joint public-private development guarantee programme, Kafalat, tackled the most pressing of domestic issues in profiling the diverse challenges SMEs face in the current trading environment – including the availability of products and services which local corporate organisations can access.
As well as a strong local representation from the likes of BLOM Bank and the Lebanese Credit Insurer (LCI), the international community was present throughout the agenda, with HSBC, IFC and FIMBank discussing the current risk appetite of trade finance practitioners, with a strong emphasis on the collaborative efforts needed to finance trade.
There was of course concern for the current political and economic situation in Syria. This theme ran throughout the course of the day, with a presentation by Mr. Riyadh Takieddine, Economist at the Syrian European Economic Council providing first-hand accounts of organisations operating in the country, sparking involved debate.
As with all Exporta events, networking was a key theme throughout the day. The InterContinental Phoenicia provided the ideal location for peer-to-peer networking amongst key decision makers, with new business relationships being formed as well as the chance to meet old friends.
The conference welcomed support by the eminent institutions, BLOM Bank, the Lebanese Credit Insurer (LCI), FIMBank, Levant Factors, Kafalat, Pinnacle Solutions and China Systems, as well as institutional support from the ICC Lebanon, IFC and Berne Union.
Exporta are delighted to return to Lebanon for the 2nd Annual Levant Region Trade & Export Finance Conference being held in the picturesque city of Beirut. The conference will bring together the local and international trade finance community to discuss key topics relating to opportunities and challenges that this traditionally significant economic region holds.
Having experienced a period of uncertainty surrounding domestic and intra-regional trade - mainly through the sustained economic impact of the Arab Spring - the resilience of many organisations operating in this market has proven to be unwavering, which has been epitomised by the strength of the local banking sector.
As the only dedicated trade finance event in the region, the conference will enable delegates to gain invaluable information from industry specialists during stand-alone presentations, engage with speakers during panel discussions and to see how peers are operating from specific case studies. Networking will also be a strong theme throughout the conference with regular networking breaks where essential new business contacts will be made.
Among the topics to be covered:
• To what extent is the current political climate affecting Levant trade today?
• Exploring SME case studies highlighting trade and funding challenges
• How much risk are trade financiers prepared to take?
• Value chain: Enabling financial institutions to effectively monitor and control assets
• Providing first-hand accounts of organisations operating in Syria
• How can traders reduce exposure while increasing access to funding?
• Understanding the impact of anti-bribery and corruption regulations on AML
• Financing the supply chain: A Jordanian experience
• The BPO: Streamlining the payment process
• Expanding support mechanisms through developmental funding
• Case study: How alternative funding methods can increase an exporter’s options
Who should attend?
• Trade, export and commodity finance heads and directors
• Corporate finance directors, CFOs and treasurers
• Insurance underwriters and brokers
• Export credit agencies
• Solution providers
• Lawyers and consultants
• Market analysts and policy advisors
There will also be a special evening reception following the conference where all delegates can continue the day's discussions and engage in further dialogue in a more informal setting.
InterContinental PhoeniciaMinet El Hosn
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