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West Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference 2018

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For corporates and trade financiers looking to make moves in West Africa, GTR‘s West Africa Trade & Export Finance Conference offered the ideal occasion to expand their network, meet their clients and get fresh perspectives from a wide range of trade and export finance experts.

Innovators, leaders and influencers from regional corporates, financial institutions, insurers, lawyers and industry bodies gathered to present a comprehensive overview of the opportunities available across West Africa. With volatile commodity markets still challenging the region’s corporate and financial sectors and geopolitical upheaval around the globe casting uncertainty over foreign investment into Sub-Saharan Africa, an expert-led agenda explored common trends, challenges and solutions within areas such as agribusiness, hard commodities, risk mitigation and infrastructure development.

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  • Edward George, Country Head, UK Representative Office & Head of Group Research, Ecobank
  • Amy Jadesimi, Managing Director, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base
  • Gabriel Buck, Managing Director, GKB Ventures
  • Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk, Global Trade Finance, SMBC Europe
  • Leke Ogunlewe, Executive Director, Corporate & Institutional Banking, Standard Chartered Bank Nigeria
  • Emeka Okonkwo, Executive Director, Corporate Banking, Union Bank
  • Kedarnath Kaushik, General Manager, Procurement & Supply Chain, Fareast Mercantile (Chanrai Summit Group)
  • Gabriel Ekpo, Export Manager, Flour Mill of Nigeria
  • Nils Van Der Mersch, Trade Finance Manager, SMT Group
  • Gerald Ikem, Divisional Head Treasury & International Banking, FCMB
  • Marvin Cole, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ovamba
  • Niama El Bassunie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Waystocap
  • Charles Weller, Managing Director, Africa Trade, Barclays
  • Vernon Darko, President, EquipXP
  • Modele Idiahi, Manager, Power & Gas, Siemens
  • James Gearing, Director, Texel Finance
  • John Lentaigne, Chief Underwriting Officer, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)
  • Huw Owen, Head of London Markets, Global Financial Risks, Liberty Specialty Markets
  • Kevin Joseph, Executive Director, Kogi Iron
  • Robert Bal, Group Managing Director, GAC Nigeria
  • Portia Gumbo Dube, Head Business Development, ?Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa (ECIC)
  • Hope Yongo, Supervising Head, Specialized Business, Credit Insurance & Guarantee Department, Nigerian Export-Import Bank (Nexim)
  • Eric Samalo, Treasury Head, Dufil Prima Foods
  • Omoniyi Olawale, Chief Executive Officer, Irofit
  • Luis Cambronero, Head of Global Sales, Bitpesa
  • Waldo de Vleeschauwer, ?Managing Director, Trade Finance, ?Africa Merchant Capital

A list of registered companies will be released closer to the event date.

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“Great networking platform and an eye opener as to what can be done to boost trade in Africa.”

E Ahiagbe, First Atlantic Bank

“An excellent forum with up to date information on trade and export finance in West Africa.”

N Giwa, Siemens

“A true and complete value adding experience in the global market. The real global deal!”

P Momodu, GZ Industries

“An excellent platform for corporate networking and most revealing in dynamics of trade flows.”

L Ubanozie, ACE Global

“Ideal opportunity to scan West Africa perspectives, combining financial and industrial aspects while networking the proper way.”

Nicolas Van Damme, SMT Africa

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