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TFP Trade Finance Forum 2019, Athens

It was a record year for the eighth annual EBRD TFP Trade Finance Forum as we welcomed more participants than ever before to sunny Athens

We were pleased to host more than 300 representatives from over 145 financial institutions and organisations from 40 countries

The EBRD held its eighth annual EBRD TFP Trade Finance Forum in Athens on 23 and 24 October 2019, attracting record numbers of participants.

We were pleased to host more than 300 representatives from over 145 financial institutions and organisations from 40 countries, as they descended on the Greek capital for our annual Forum to discuss the latest trends, developments, challenges and opportunities trade finance has to offer.

The event was opened by the Minister of Development and Investments, Adonis Georgiadis, Sherman Shih-nan Kuo of the Taipei Representative Office and Alexander Saveliev, Director of Financial Institutions from the EBRD.

Support for the event came from the TaiwanBusiness-EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund, our local partners Alpha Bank, Eurobank, National Bank of Greece and Piraeus Bank as well as international supporters Finastra and Mitigram. Thanks and appreciation go to ODDO BHF for its continued backing and to Aegean Baltic Bank and HPD Lendscape for their contributions.

Thank you, TFP team, for organising this wonderful event in Athens. We learned of recent trends and developments in trade finance, gained new contacts and of course enjoyed beautiful Athens!

Tamar Gugushvili

TBC Bank

From left to right: Zuzana Franz, ODDO BHF, Marc Auboin, WTO, Olivier Paul, ICC, Rudolf Putz, EBRD, Peter Mulroy, FCI, Sean Edwards, ITFA
Francis Malige, EBRD, awarding Alberita Memqaj from TEB, Kosovo

We had a wonderful experience with great people from different banks and countries, with whom we also had the chance to network and create new relationships.

Merita Hysaj

TEB, Kosovo

Nelli Kocharyan, Converse Bank, Armenia, Kateryna Shulga, Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine, Maria Mogilnaya, EBRD, Arton Celina, Banka Per Biznes, Kosovo, and Maya Hennerkes, EBRD

The TFP Forum was a unique opportunity to hear real business stories to improve our knowledge – and yes, it was also an opportunity to meet great people!

Marija Kovačević

NLB Banka, Montenegro

Teona Jolokhava , TBC Bank, Georgia, Marco Nindl, EBRD, Ana Kavtaradze, Bank of Georgia, Tamar Gugushvili, TBC Bank, Georgia, and Kamola Makhmudova, EBRD
Rudolf Putz, EBRD, awarding Merita Hysaj, TEB Kosovo

This event brings together international financial institutions as well as banks to promote investment projects. The Forum also expanded my level of understanding of trade finance and pointed out the importance of digitalisation in trade finance processes.

Dilshod Turgunov

Uzbek Industrial and Construction Bank

Panel discussion on Challenges and Opportunities in Trade Finance in Greece, moderated by Marco Nindl, EBRD
Şakir Sömek, Alternatifbank, Turkey, Marco Nindl, EBRD, Ahmet Kinalisoy , Alternatifbank, Turkey

The Forum was well organised with a thoughtful programme that was focused on timely topics and presented by experienced professionals.

Caroline Brownstone

International Management and Marketing Associates (IMMA Ltd)

Anna Brod, EBRD, welcomes colleagues from National Bank of Greece to the gala dinner in Athens

This time everything was more than perfect – exquisite location, amazing atmosphere, Mediterranean food and the hospitable Greek nation! Thank you!

Alla Červenková

Ceskoslovenska obchodni banka

TFP colleagues and partners demystifying Silk Road Trade on a panel moderated by Kamola Makhmudova, EBRD

It was a fantastic location, the discussions were very informative and it was a great opportunity to meet other colleagues from different banks.

Tanja Steinberg

AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft

The evening saw participants enjoy a fun boat trip

Our partners

A big thank you to our Forum partners