Growth in regulation impacting lending, along with rapid globalization have put pressure on capital providers’ due diligence capabilities. Pair this with the inherent complexity of trade and project finance transactions and it is clear why many capital providers are now choosing to outsource their due diligence. Matt Reed, Associate Director at RedRidge Diligence Services, explains the trends in the sector.
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Technology is playing a crucial role in paving the trade landscape we see today. New capabilities are coming to the fore and presenting the opportunity to enhance existing processes across the trade finance spectrum. In an article for TradeReady, Dominic Broom, Global Head of Trade Business Development, Treasury Services, BNY Mellon, discusses how banks not only leverage technology to enhance the client experience through improved efficiency and transparency, but can also utilise the increasingly data-led, data management business of trade finance to gain a deeper understanding of clients’ businesses.
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Deutsche Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Standard Bank of South Africa, agreeing cooperation under the US Department of Agriculture’s GSM-102 initiative. Standard Bank will now be one of the preferred issuing banks of letters of credit for eligible emerging markets seeking to import certain agricultural products from the US.
The finalisation of the GSM 102 agreement places Standard Bank as one of the preferred issuing banks to the US Department of Agriculture’s Commodity Credit Corporation, along with 10 other financial institutions from across the Middle East and Africa region.
Following Moorgate outreach, the MOU signing was covered by TXF, Global Trade Magazine, Trade Finance Analytics and GTR.
The Global Supply Chain Finance Forum – an initiative comprising the ICC Banking Commission, BAFT, EBA, FCI and ITFA – has appointed Christian Hausherr, European Product Head of Supply Chain Finance at Deutsche Bank, as its Chair.
The GSCFF was established in 2014 to develop, publish and champion a set of commonly agreed standard market definitions for Supply Chain Finance. In turn, Hausherr – as a recognised expert in the field of SCF – has taken a leading role in the drafting of the GSCFF’s Standard Definitions for Techniques of Supply Chain Finance, as well as the Wolfsberg/ICC/BAFT Trade Finance Principles.
The news was covered by GTR, TXF, TRF News, Supply Chain Digital, SCF Briefing, Finextra, Fintech Finance, Financial IT, Fintech Insight.
The International Chamber of Commerce Banking Commission has partnered with Global Credit Data (GCD), in order to strengthen analysis within the ICC Trade Register, the banking industry’s leading source for risks in global trade and export finance.
The ICC Trade Register, established in 2011, is one of the few comprehensive sources to provide an objective and transparent view of the credit risk profile and characteristics of trade and export finance. In turn, GCD will now oversee the collection of credit-related data from ICC Trade Register member banks, in order to help provide more granular data and detailed benchmarking reports to members
The news was covered by TXF, TRF, Finextra, Specialist Banking, Business Post Nigeria, The Paypers, Trade Arabia, Payment Week, PYMNTS, Fintech Finance, Fintech Insight.
Featured in Cinco Días, the oldest financial and business newspaper in Spain, Alicia García Herrero, Natixis Chief Economist for Asia Pacific, discussed how the ECB’s delay in raising interest rates represents an opportunity for stock markets and European companies to win in the commercial trade war.
Ultimately, the trade war is strategic, not tactical, says Herrero, with any agreement becoming increasingly unlikely. Donald Trump’s aim is to slow down the technological boom in China and reduce the deficit simultaneously. Sanctions on Europe are only being used to detract attention from these objectives, she says.
While Europe has the power to sway the favour towards whichever player offers the most favourable terms, major obstacles to its success as a balancing actor are those of distrust within the eurozone, not listening to member states’ concerns and refusing to negotiate with them.
The interview was published in the Saturday newspaper and online. Read the full article here.
Speaking to BBC Business Live, Chris Southworth, ICC Secretary General, explains that the expansion of Heathrow Airport and approval of a third runway was exactly what British businesses needed to remain competitive, especially following Brexit.
Countering claims that investment should have gone to regional airports instead, Southworth said it was not a case of “either or” but of “both and” – with a pressing need for the UK to invest in all its aviation infrastructure to support trade and economic growth.
“An expanded Heathrow will increase the UK’s ability to develop international trade links with the rest of the world, particularly with emerging markets. New routes, connections and cargo capacity will benefit businesses of all sizes and sectors in every region” Southworth further stated.
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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.
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.
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Thanks in no small part to Chinese investment, things may be looking up for Pakistan’s economy. The feature from Alexander Mondorf, Regional Head Indian Subcontinent & ASEAN and Country Relationship Manager, Financial Institutions at Commerzbank, outlines the importance of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.