LONDON, 30th June 2021. Following the success of last year’s cohort, Trade Finance Global (TFG), The London Institute of Banking & Finance (LIBF), FCI and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), launch the International Trade Professionals Programme (ITPP) 2021 today at EBRD’s annual conference.

The ITPP aims to promote trade education, build an international community of like minded trade professionals as well as advocate and promote trade in all corners of the world.

During these unprecedented times, this programme is also open to furloughed and currently unemployed professionals within the trade finance sector.

The ITPP will give international trade professionals the chance to write for TFG’s publications. Participants will work closely with TFG’s editorial team to plan, scope and produce a journalistic piece of content on a pre-agreed topic within international trade and finance. Top articles may also be published in TFG’s flagship publication, ‘Trade Finance Talks’.

All professionals will receive 50% off the LIBF November Annual Trade Finance Compliance Conference, 50% off all FCI education events & FCI Academy 2021/22 ‘Open to All’ courses and the prestige of becoming a published TFG author. The winners of the year’s cohort will also be enrolled onto a trade finance course, certified by LIBF/FCI including all the study materials, the examination and certification. The top writer will also be awarded a panellist position at the LIBF Conference.

Alex Gray

Alex Gray, Head of Trade and Transaction Banking at LIBF said:

“The ITPP’s aims are totally aligned with ours at LIBF and that is why we are very pleased to be supporting the programme once more, with prizes that will help further develop careers in trade. In addition it is great to see our fellow sponsors of EBRD and FCI as organisations that we work with throughout the year to promote trade education.”

Rudolf Putz

Rudolf Putz, Head of the Trade Facilitation Programme at EBRD said:

“We are delighted to partner up with FCI, LIBF and TFG to bring the International Trade Professionals Programme to the EBRD regions. It is important to encourage and support young professionals at the start of their career or who are new to the trade finance industry, so that the shared trade finance knowledge can support global trade. The more knowledge trade finance professionals across the EBRD regions gain through such educational programmes, the more opportunities will open up to allow them to achieve better possibilities in their careers and personal growth.

Aysen Cetintas

Aysen Cetintas, Education Director at FCI said:

With more than 50-years of accumulated knowledge, the FCI Academy aims to further develop the capacity building for the factoring and receivables finance industry.We feel privileged to join the forces with LIBF, EBRD and TFG for ITPP 2021 cohort and deliver free trade finance education to a diverse range of finance professionals worldwide in turbulent times.”

Natasha Roston

Natasha Roston, Head of Learning and Development at TFG added:

We are so thrilled to launch the 2021 cohort with such an inspiring team of partners. It is an incredibly exciting time for the industry but also a challenging one, so we know how invaluable free education is to professionals seeking to develop their reputation and knowledge.” 

FCI is the Global Representative Body for Factoring and Financing of Open Account Domestic and International Trade Receivables. FCI was set up in 1968 as a non-profit global association. With today close to 400 member companies in more than 90 countries, FCI offers a unique network for cooperation in cross-border factoring. Member transactions represent nearly 60% of the world’s international correspondent factoring volume. 

EBRD is The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is an international financial institution founded in 1991. As a multilateral developmental investment bank, the EBRD uses investment as a tool to build market economies.

This partnership between TFG, LIBF, FCI and EBRD affirms that education is a key element for future development and addressing the trade finance education gap.