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Registration is now open for the 2016 ICC Banking Commission Annual Meeting, which will be held for the first time in Africa – in Johannesburg, South Africa – on 4-7 April.

Experts and leading figures from the trade finance industry will gather to discuss the trends, hurdles and prospects across the trade finance landscape.

Taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, the ICC Banking Commission’s flagship event, hosted by Standard Bank, will offer unparalleled networking opportunities as it welcomes over 400 trade experts, banking professionals, business leaders, lawyers and government officials from 65 countries.

Under the theme “Trade and Supply Chain Finance: Enabling New Trade Corridors in and with Africa”, the event will feature high-level keynote and panel speakers – including ICC Secretary General, John Danilovich – in a series of informative and interactive plenary and breakout sessions as well as roundtable discussions addressing global challenges and financing trends.

ICC Banking Commission task forces and working groups will also gather to discuss technical topics related to bank guarantees, financial crime risk, supply chain finance, factoring, forfaiting, legal issues and regulation.

In particular, the Annual Meeting will explore the significance of Africa’s regional and global trade flows – detailing some of the region’s most exciting markets.

The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to bring together the leading minds and figures in trade finance to discuss, and perhaps even influence, the current trade finance landscape.

“For the first time ever we will be holding the Annual Meeting in Africa – a key market of interest for the global business community,” said Daniel Schmand, Chair of the ICC Banking Commission. “Despite Africa’s wealth of natural resources and increasingly significant geopolitical influence, many of the opportunities it offers remain untapped – largely due to a lack of knowledge about the region and how to navigate its challenges. Exploring and understanding its vast and varied landscape is vital for the globalization of business and will be a key focus of the Annual Meeting.”

An important feature of the 2016 Annual Meeting will be the “policy consultation forum” – a gathering of key industry leaders and senior executives from international organizations to advance discussion on barriers to trade finance and the measures that must be taken to support the growth of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

“The Annual Meeting is our opportunity to bring together the leading minds and figures in trade finance to discuss, and perhaps even influence, the current trade finance landscape,” said John Danilovich, ICC Secretary General. “There is no question of the importance of global trade, and if there is anything we can do to facilitate successful trade and trade finance – even if only through encouraging discussion around the crucial topics facing the industry – we are obliged, and proud to do so.”

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2016 ICC Banking Commission Annual Meeting: April 4-7, 2016, Johannesburg, South Africa

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