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9th Annual Middle East Trade & Export Finance Conference
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Dubai provided the venue for the 9th Annual Middle East Trade & Export Finance Conference, which took place at the Jumeriah Emirates Towers on February 14-15, 2012.
The longest running Exporta conference, and widely recognised as the leading gathering of its kind for the region, the event welcomed over 250 senior decision makers from the corporate, banking and financial services sectors to discuss a range of leading issues within the trade, export, commodity and supply chain finance market.
Fully utilising one of the region's premier venues, delegates were able to break out into various workshops and stream sessions to listen to detailed case studies and participate in involved panel discussions, as well as meeting during various networking sessions to partake in high level business discussion.
Benefitting from a programme that provided the opportunity to hear from many of the region's leading companies as well as their financiers, discussions centred on key themes such as the dominance of the letter of credit as a trading instrument, new trade facilitation initiatives, the role of Africa and Asia in providing opportunities, what companies need to consider when looking for a bank partner, electronic processing systems and benefits in reducing costs, political risk assessment within specific countries, assessing demand within the commodities market and the growth of Islamic finance.
Enjoying outstanding support from an impressive range of sponsors including the likes of HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Deutsche Bank, ABC International Bank, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC), RBS, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Noor Islamic Bank, China Systems, Bolero, Coface Emirates Services, RFIB, ICIEC and DHL Express, and partners such as ICC UAE, IFC, Berne Union and Swift, the success of the conference further cemented itself as the leading trade and finance event for what is still one of the world's most important regions.
"The conference was definitely a success. From my perspective the conference was most useful. The seminars and presentations were informative and interesting and I came away from every session, learning something new. With the mix of personnel from all walks of the trade finance industry being present, the conference proved to be a great networking opportunity."
Hufriz Wadia, Al Tamimi & Company
"I thought the conference was a great success given the turnout and interactive participation of the delegates on some very topical and useful themes within the trade space. Also very well managed by Exporta team. Congratulations!"
Ehsaan Ahmed, Noor Islamic Bank
Following the momentous events of 2011, Exporta returns to the MENA region for its longest running and flagship event, the 9th Annual Middle East Trade & Export Finance Conference, which will take place at the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on February 14-15. Now firmly established as the only event to bring all of the leading trade and export finance professionals together under one roof, the conference enjoys unrivalled support from the region's key private and public sector institutions.
An extensive range of subjects will be covered over the course of the two days, including:
•Changing corporate financing priorities: Are banks still providing sufficient coverage for their clients?
•Has the shift towards open account trade continued or is the letter of credit still dominant?
•To what extend have companies embraced the opportunities provided by continuing growth in Africa and Asia?
•Examining whether the local banking sector is meeting the demand for SME financing and the role of internationals
•Discussing the impact of fluctuating commodity prices and opportunities provided for financiers and traders alike
•What is the current demand for supply chain finance across MENA and how has this evolved?
•Assessing the uptake in use of Islamic finance products as a result of capital constraints
•Changes in the political risk environment and subsequent demand for trade credit and PR insurance
•Facilitating inter-regional trade for corporates and increasing access to trade finance coverage
•Which countries are most on the radar of banks and ECAs in terms of export finance opportunities?
"Every Exporta event is a library, a know-how centre for trade finance people. Interacting with different sides of the sector is crucial for everyone. Exporta provides that."
Burak Kurtbay, Aktifbank
"A good insight on the market, risk, economic outlook, systems, etc. A very good place for networking."
Albert Soosay, Noor Islamic Bank
"Excellent opportunity to learn, refresh and network with professionals from trade/export finance in the region."
Shelton Pieris, Commercial Bank of Qatar
"Very well organised event. Excellent platform for regional networking and discussing relevant trade finance-related issues."
Sripad Murth, HSBC Bank
"Bridge between bankers, traders and insurers to surpass difficulties, mitigate risks to enchance trade and profitability."
Ramakanthi Harsah Hegde, Sony
"Remarkable event! Surely not to be missed."
Carlos Treixeina, Misys
From the sovereign debt crisis of 2009 (the impact of which is still being felt in some quarters) to the still undefined implications of social and political change across the region, the Middle East and North Africa market has continued to be one of the hottest topics in global commerce, with concerns expressed over potential commodity price increases, the geographical importance of the region in the global supply chain and the overall risk appetite for doing business in such a thriving global market.
With so much to discuss during this comprehensive event, delegates will be able to choose from a range of breakout sessions to attend, providing the opportunity for more informal and detailed discussion on the key issues impacting on the MENA trade landscape and beyond, as well as the chance to network with new potential business partners and old friends.
Who should attend?
•Local and international banks
•Multinationals and SMEs
•Commodity brokers and traders
•Insurance brokers and underwriters
•Export credit agencies
•Lawyers and consultants
•Market analysts and policy advisors
Day One of the conference will be followed by a special evening reception, allowing delegates to network informally and continue the day's discussions.
Jumeirah Emirates TowersPO Box 72127 Sheikh Zayed Road
United Arab Emirates
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