April, 15, 2020
April, 15, 2020
Following on from the postponement of GTR Africa 2020 in Cape Town (March 11-12) due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, this interactive webinar provided the opportunity to reflect on some of the key themes that were due to be covered, the implications of COVID 19 on the future of Sub-Saharan trade and export finance, and the broader economic landscape.
The format provided maximum engagement and interaction, allowing participants to have their say and providing a sense of community for those taking part by removing barriers between speakers and delegates.
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How has the pandemic both changed and highlighted the issue of access to finance for companies? What are banks being asked for? How does the impact of South Africa sub-investment grade, coupled with increased demand in US$ funding, impact the availability of South African banks to fund during this period? Are funding lines being exhausted and is it possible to look beyond just firefighting?
Robert Besseling, Executive Director, EXX Africa
Onyebuchi Memeh, Head of Trade, South Africa & Southern Africa, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered Bank (SCB)
What have been the principle pressures placed on the supply and demand of soft commodities? How robust are food supply chains? Is the likely length of the pandemic going to play even more pressure on the importance of sustainability? Will the need to feed the domestic market take priority over exports and who will decide this, producers or governments?
Zhann Meyer, Head of Agricultural Commodities, Nedbank CIB
Louw van Reenen, Chief Executive Officer, Beefmaster
Antonella Da Cunha, Group Risk Manager, Capespan
What key priorities should ECAs be focused on in this time of crisis? How urgent is the need for banks and ECAs to come together internationally and collaborate on the way forward? Do ECAs need to do more to encourage buyers to continue with new programmes and also to encourage banks to take on new business?
Gabriel Buck, Managing Director, GKB Ventures
Angelica Adamski, Director of the Board, Sweden Africa Chamber of Commerce
Does Covid 19-based supply chain disruption highlight the need to improve African value chains and reduce barriers to doing business? Will the new normal help or hinder the drive towards more free trade in Africa? With lockdowns and curfews limiting courier services, how important are digital solutions when it comes to ensuring trade documentation reaches counterparties?
Vinod Madhavan, Group Head, Trade, Standard Bank
Duarte Pedreira, Head of Trade Finance, Crown Agents Bank; Chair, African Regional Committee, ITFA
Mandy Rapson, Sustainability Practitioner
Robert Besseling founded EXX Africa in 2015, after pursuing a decade-long career in political risk forecasting at industry-leading companies such as Exclusive Analysis and IHS Global. Robert leads a team of partners and contributing analysts to produce commercially relevant and actionable analysis on African political, security, and economic risk. Robert also leads on many consulting projects for blue chip corporations in a wide variety of sectors.
Onyebuchi Memeh is the Head of Trade, South Africa & Southern Africa, Transaction Banking, for Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) and is based in Johannesburg. He is responsible for providing leadership and driving the strategy and execution for growing trade finance revenues across all segments of the bank in the region. Prior to Joining Standard Chartered Bank, he worked with Citibank and Oceanic Bank (now Ecobank Nigeria) and has over 20 years’ experience in corporate and commercial banking.
Zhann Meyer has a mandate to promote and expand the bank’s agricultural and soft commodity trade strategy on the African continent, leading a team that has proven instrumental in structuring and implementing innovative agricultural finance models to enhance food security and optimise risk on the African continent. He is registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Louw van Reenen is CEO of Beefmaster Group, having joined in July 1998 as a Divisional Manager. He was appointed as the chief executive officer in April 2007. Louw’s time is divided between the feedlot, abattoir, Senekal Farms and Retail Stores in Gauteng, whilst he was also the Chairman of the South African Feedlot Association from 2011 till March 2015.
Antonella Da Cunha is employed by Capespan in the position of Group Risk Manager. As a WITS polyglot graduate initially intending to teach, her qualification took her to the financial services arena, working in forex and insurance before joining Capespan. In her spare time Antonella mentors young risk managers in developing their capability to deliver effective risk management across their organisations.
Gabriel Buck has over 35 years' experience in international banking, having previously held the role of Managing Director & Global Head of ECA & Capex Financing Solutions at Barclays. He spent 6 years as Chair of the British Bankers’ Association Export Finance & Trade Committee. GKB Ventures is an award winning independent business consultancy specialised in African markets, helping clients secure cross border transactions and access international finance.
Angelica Adamski is a senior international executive noted for launching, building and leading high performance businesses for MNCs in the banking, mining, construction, telecommunications and power industries. As a skilled facilitator of enterprise transformation, Angelica establishes collaborative partnerships with stakeholders, customers and employees to deliver sustainable improvements aligned with mission-critical business goals.
Vinod Madhavan is currently Group Head of Trade at Standard Bank. With more than 20 years' experience in commercial banking, Vinod has worked with corporations and FIs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Before joining Standard Bank in Jan 2014, he worked for Standard Chartered, Citibank and Deutsche Bank. Vinod is a member of the Advisory Board of the ICC Banking Commission.
Duarte Pedreira is an experienced trade financier, with an emphasis in emerging markets. He joined Crown Agents Bank in August 2016, having previously held senior trade finance roles with the Standard Bank Group, where he was responsible for African trade finance sales in South Africa and transactional banking at the bank’s Angolan subsidiary. Duarte has also previously held roles at AIG and Caspian Sea Capital.
Mandy Rapson has been involved in community development projects across various Southern African countries. She has a passion for the development of entrepreneurship and enterprises in rural communities, and is particularly interested in inclusive innovation in the agricultural sector, having first-hand experience of the value that the business of agriculture brings.
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Why do we collect information from you?
Our primary goal in collecting personal data from you is to give you an enjoyable customised experience whilst allowing us to provide services and features that will meet your needs.
We collect certain personal data from you, which you give to us when using our Site and/or registering or subscribing for our products and services. However, we also give you the option to access our Sites’ home pages without subscribing or registering or disclosing your personal data.
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The Data Protection Act 1998 described how organisations – including Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd – must collect, handle and store personal information. These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information collected must be stored safely, not disclosed unlawfully and used fairly.
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On some Sites, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd collects personal data such as your name, job title, department, company, e-mail, phone, work and/or home address, in order to register you for access to certain content, subscriptions and events. In addition, we may also store information including IP address and page analytics, including information regarding what pages are accessed, by whom and when.
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Information collected at one Site may be shared between Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd and other group companies for the purposes listed above.
We may transfer, sell or assign any of the information described in this policy to third parties as a result of a sale, merger, consolidation, change of control, transfer of assets or reorganisation of our business.
Some of our Sites may have a message board, blogs or other facilities for user generated content available and users can participate in these facilities. Any information that is disclosed in these areas becomes public information and you should always be careful when deciding to disclose your personal information.
Services on the Internet are accessible globally so collection and transmission of personal data is not always limited to one country. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd may transfer your personal data, for the above-listed purposes to other third parties, which may be located outside the European Economic Area and/or with a different level of personal data protection. However, when conducting transfers, we take all necessary steps to ensure that your data is treated reasonably, securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.
We are committed to keeping the data you provide us secure and will take reasonable precautions to protect your personal data from loss, misuse or alteration.
However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features described above to try to prevent unauthorised access.
We have implemented information security policies, rules and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have under our control from:
All our employees, contractors and data processors (i.e. those who process your personal data on our behalf, for the purposes listed above), who have access to, and are associated with the processing of your personal data, are obliged to keep the information confidential and not use it for any other purpose than to carry out the services they are performing for us.
Everyone who works for or with Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Each team handling personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles. However, the following people have key areas of responsibility. The board of directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd meets its legal obligations.
Name of Data Controller
The Data Controller is Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd. Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and is registered in the UK with the Information Commissioner`s Office.
Upon request, we will provide you with a readable copy of the personal data which we keep about you. We may require proof of your identity and may charge a small fee (not exceeding the statutory maximum fee that can be charged) to cover administration and postage.
Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd allows you to challenge the data that we hold about you and, where appropriate in accordance with applicable laws, you may have your personal information:
In certain circumstances, the Data Protection Act allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject. Under these circumstances, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, will disclose requested data. However, the Data Controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the board and from the company’s legal advisors where necessary.
We will occasionally update this Privacy Statement to reflect new legislation or industry practice, group company changes and customer feedback. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement periodically to be informed of how we are protecting your personal data.
Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand.
To this end, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company. This is available on request and available on the company’s website.
We keep this Policy under regular review. This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2018.