ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul explains the growing interest in supply chain finance in Documentary Credit World

In an article for Documentary Credit World, Olivier Paul, ICC Banking Commission Head of Policy, explains that banks are increasingly embracing supply chain finance solutions and digitalisation of the trade finance sector.

Expanding on findings from the ICC’s 10th Global Survey on Trade Finance, Paul says that the overall outlook for trade finance generally, and supply chain finance specifically, is one of growth and optimism, despite regulatory and compliance concerns.

The full article can be read in the June edition of Documentary Credit World, pages 22-24.

ICC Banking Commission’s Doina Buruiana discusses the trade finance gap in African Review

In an article for African Review, Doina Buruiana, Project Manager at the ICC Banking Commission, discusses the drivers behind the unmet demand for trade finance, which is estimated to stand between US$110bn and US$120bn in Africa.

Buruiana explains that although banks in Africa are providing increasing amounts of trade finance, obstacles remain in the way of growth, namely those of regulation and compliance.

To read the full article on pages 20-21 of African Review’s July edition, click here.

ICC Banking Commission’s Olivier Paul discusses supply chain finance and digitalisation in Treasury Management International

In an article for Treasury Management International, ICC Banking Commission’s Head of Policy Olivier Paul expands on results from the ICC’s 10th Global Survey on Trade Finance.

Findings from the survey, which gathered responses from over 250 banks in 91 countries, revealed that while traditional trade finance provision is on the up, there is now a corresponding growth in SCF. What’s more, most banks are taking steps towards embracing digitalisation, with over 60% of respondents indicating they have implemented or are in the process of implementing technology solutions as part of their trade finance processes.

The full article can be read here.

ANZ and ICC Banking Commission’s Mark Evans quoted on the impact of blockchain on trade finance in The Banker

In an article for The Banker, Mark Evans – member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission Executive Committee and ‎Managing Director, transaction banking, at ANZ – comments on the benefits of blockchain in trade finance.

Evans says that Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) “enables every participant in the chain to be able to see all transactions or touch points in one ‘block’ of information. This provides a high level of visibility and transparency to the progress of the transaction.”

To read the article in full, please click here.

Tradeteq secures US$6.3mn in seed extension funding – covered in specialist press

Tradeteq, the trade finance distribution platform, recently announced it has raised US$ 6.3 mn of equity investment in seed extension funding round, led by ADV. The financing will be used for the expansion of Tradeteq’s platform, and for the release of new applications and data services. Several of Tradeteq’s existing investors also participated in the seed extension round.

“We started Tradeteq with the vision to make trade finance investable and to establish trade finance as an alternative asset class. This funding is a significant milestone for Tradeteq as it will allow us to aggressively expand our sales and marketing efforts as well as broaden and expedite product development,” says Christoph Gugelmann, co-founder and CEO of Tradeteq.

To read coverage of this news in the specialist press, please go here: 10ztalk, AMRank, Biz Dailies, Crowd Fund Insider, Fin SMEs, Finance Digest, Financial IT, Finextra, Fintech Finance, Fintech Futures (Banking Technology), Fintech Insight, Fintech Roundup, Global Trade Review, London Tech Watch, Pitchbook, Tech EU, TechTalkEurope, The Paypers, TXF News, Venture Canvas.

Tradeteq’s Michael Boguslavsky on how machine learning can improve credit scoring for SMEs in TRF News

Michael Boguslavsky, head of AI at Tradeteq, and author of a newly-released whitepaper, “Machine Learning Credit Analytics for Trade Finance”, has written a commentary for Trade & Receivables Finance News where he discusses how machine learning techniques, combined with broader and deeper company data, can dramatically improve credit scoring for SMEs. Current scoring methods – such as forms of the Altman Z-score – are a primary reason SMEs so often fail to secure the trade finance they need, argues Boguslavsky.  Using new models, receivables finance becomes more accurate and less risky, making it a more readily available and less costly source of working capital for SMEs than ever before.

Go here to read the full article.

ICC United Kingdom Secretary General discusses the need for updated digital trade rules in the latest issue of World Trade Matters

Writing for the Institute of Export and International Trade’s professional journal, World Trade Matters, Chris Southworth, ICC United Kingdom Secretary General, explains why digital trade rules – which haven’t been updated at the WTO since 1998 – should be reformed at the international level.

Digital trade is key to enabling SME growth and access to the global economy in both developed and emerging markets, Southworth writes. However, blocks to online sales due to misaligned and unilateral regulations prevent many growing companies from trading abroad.

For this reason, rules on digital trade should be collaboratively reviewed and updated at the WTO – ensuring that the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) are incorporated to align the needs of both developed and developing economies.

Read the full article on page 18 of World Trade Matter’s Spring 2018 issue.

News of BPL Global opening its doors in Geneva covered by the specialist press

BPL Global – the leading specialist credit and political risk insurance broker – recently announced the opening of a new branch in Geneva. Philippine de Villèle (left) re-joins from UBS to head the office.

With a focus on developing new relationships with Swiss-based banks, traders, NGOs and other potential clients, the branch will also act as a local point of contact for the broker’s existing clients. It takes the number of BPL Global offices to six, joining London, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Following outreach from Moorgate, news of the Geneva branch was published by TXF, Intelligent Insurer, IJ Global, Trade Finance, GTR, Sigorta Gündem, Credit Insurance News and Schweizer Versicherung.

In the Financial Times, John WH Denton, ICC Secretary General, encourages WTO reform and sustainable trade rules

Writing for the Financial Times, John WH Denton, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General, remarked that the current rules-based multilateral trading system has created unprecedented job creation and poverty alleviation.

Following the US administration’s decision to impose steel and aluminium tariffs on its trading partners, Denton warned of the dangers of not keeping protectionist trade policies in check and urged G20 leaders to strive for reform at the international level, insisting trade rules should work for everyone, every day and everywhere.

Read the full article here.

Tradeteq’s Michael Boguslavsky discusses AI-powered credit scoring for SMEs in The Global Treasurer

Author of a newly-released whitepaper, ‘Machine Learning Credit Analytics for Trade Finance’ and head of AI at Tradeteq, Michael Boguslavsky has written an expert piece for The Global Treasurer where he discusses how machine learning techniques, combined with broader and deeper company data, can improve credit scoring for SMEs. Current scoring methods – often forms of the Altman Z-score – are a primary reason SMEs so often fail to secure the trade finance they need, argues Boguslavsky.

Go here to read the full article.