Trade Finance Global (TFG) is proud to announce its media partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) Information Session and Annual Awards Ceremony, taking place on May 16, 2023, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The event will gather trade finance professionals from around the world to discuss current market challenges, best practices, and industry responses to the war in Ukraine. 

The TFP Information Session will feature a wide range of speakers and panel discussions, covering topics such as the development of trade finance in Central Asia and the Caucasus, green trade, and capacity building in trade finance and factoring. Some notable sessions and speakers include: 

  • Opening and Welcome Speeches by Francis Malige, Managing Director, Financial Institutions, EBRD, Odile Renaud-Basso, President, EBRD, and Mr. Kelly Hsieh, Representative of Taipei Representative Office in the UK. 
  • “Trade Finance in a Turbulent World” presentation by Rudolf Putz, Head of EBRD TFP.
  • Panel discussion on “Development of Trade Finance in Central Asia and the Caucasus,” moderated by Olga Kompaniets, Principal Banker, EBRD, featuring experts from Armenia, Uzbekistan, Georgia, and Germany. 
  • Panel discussion on “Green Trade,” moderated by Nana Khurodze, Associate Director, EBRD, with panellists from Turkey, Greece, Uzbekistan, EBRD, and Austria.
  • Panel discussion on “Capacity Building in Trade Finance & Factoring,” moderated by Rudolf Putz, Head of TFP, EBRD, and featuring representatives from International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Austria, ICC UAE, EBRD, FCI, and International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA). 

The day will culminate with the EBRD TFP Annual Awards Ceremony, hosted by Jurgen Rigterink, First Vice President, and Francis Malige, Managing Director, Financial Institutions, EBRD. The awards will honour the most engaged partner banks for their achievements throughout 2022. 

Trade Finance Global is excited to be part of this exceptional event, which will offer valuable insights and networking opportunities for professionals in the trade finance industry. We look forward to providing comprehensive coverage and promoting the critical discussions taking place in Samarkand. 

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