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Malaysia Trade & Export Finance Conference 2017

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Global Trade Review (GTR) welcomed over 170 top tier experts in export, supply chain and trade finance at the  Malaysia Trade & Export Finance Conference 2017. The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental in Kuala Lumpur on March 14.

Supported by leading organisations in the industry including Matrade, Exim Bank Malaysia, British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce, International Trade Council, BNY Mellon, ICICI and Bolero amongst many others, the event provided in-depth discussions, debate and un-parallel networking opportunities with the market’s top experts.

Decision makers within the market convened to hear timely updates on issues such as government initiatives to increase international trade and investment, the primary business challenges facing the commodity sector and the knock-on effect of the Chinese economic slowdown on Malaysian growth.


The conference highlighted 5 vital themes for discussion:

›› Government Keynote: Datuk Isham Ishak, Deputy Secretary General-Trade at Ministry of International Trade and Industry gave an overview of Malaysia’s trade and investment environment and the government’s initiatives to boost growth through international collaborations, free trade agreements and robust policies.

›› Spotlight on Malaysia: Matrade’s Deputy CEO, Wan Latiff Wan Musa and Arham Abdul Rahman, Executive Director, Investment Promotion at MIDA provided a Malaysian perspective on One Belt One Road and its impact on the country’s trade and investment landscape. Raymond Madden, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Institute of Finance discussed the importance of meeting the skills gap for Malaysia’s banking and finance industry amidst digital disruption. Subsequent panels then highlighted current priorities and new solutions, including credit risk management, trade financing and SME development.

›› Digitisation: Showcased the emerging technologies and developments shaping the trade and financing landscape in Malaysia, and considered how these can be adapted into the existing banking infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and financing options for both SMEs and international investors. Nurezali bin Osman, Head of eCommerce Planning & Strategy at MDEC discussed the impact of new technologies on the banking and finance sector followed by insights from ICICI and Maybank on how to incorporate technology into your existing framework.

›› Infrastructure development and intra-regional trade: Assessed the economic and political forces driving infrastructure development in Malaysia and discussed the mechanisms in intra-regional trade and investment options.

›› Islamic financing: These discussions considered the role of Islamic financing as a competitive source of liquidity for both commodity and infrastructure financing


Who attended?

Regional corporates & traders
Banks & financiers
Government organisations & public bodies
Insurers & risk managers
Trade associations and chambers
ECAs & multilaterals
Solution providers


Additional information:

  • Join the discussion on social media with the official event hashtag #GTRKL
  • Interested in sponsoring or partnering on 2018’s event? Contact Elisabeth (
  • Anupam Verma, Chief Executive, Singapore, ICICI Bank
  • Arham Abdul Rahman, Executive Director, Investment Promotion, Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)
  • Datuk Isham Ishak, Deputy Secretary General-Trade, Ministry of International Trade and Industry
  • Daud Vicary Abdullah, President & Chief Executive Officer, INCEIF
  • Edham Reza Shah Bin Dato’ Abdul Rahman, Senior Partner, Abdul Rahman & Partners
  • Euan Low, Infrastructure Advisory Services Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Hassan Omaish, Country Manager, Euler Hermes
  • Jovilyn Cotio, Relationship Manager, Supply Chain Finance Program, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Khoo Kah Jin, Head of Insurance, Export-Import Bank of Malaysia
  • Kit Brownlees, Associate Director, Esperanza
  • Kjell Forsberg, Head of Telecom, EKN
  • Linda Zain, Director, Malaysian Incorporated Services Berhad
  • Muzzaffar Bin Othman, EVP, Digital Transformation Strategy, Maybank
  • Nurezali bin Osman, Head of eCommerce Planning & Strategy, eCommerce Enablement Division, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Raymond Madden, Chief Executive Officer, Asian Institute of Finance
  • Richard Wulff, Vice-President, International Credit Insurance & Surety Association (ICISA) & General Manager, QBE Insurance
  • RJ Liow, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, AYS Group
  • Rohit Goyal, Deputy Head, Receivables and Supply Chain Finance, EFA Group
  • Sébastien Bruyant, Managing Director, Alcora
  • Srinivasan Venkita Padmanabhan, ?President & Global Head of Finance, Olam
  • Tim Warren, Regional Head, APAC, Zurich Insurance Company
  • Wan Latiff Wan Musa, Deputy Chief Executive Office, Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade)


Abdul Rahman & Partne+A1:A89rs
Adani Enterprises
Affin Bank
Alex Stewart Malaysia
Alliance Bank
AlloyMtd Group
Arthur J. Gallagher
Asian Development Bank
Asian Institute of Finance
AYS Group



BNY Mellon
Bolero International
BPL Global
Brahim’s Holdings Berhad




Deutsche Bank


EFA Group
Elavite Greenlab Solutions
Esperanza Management Advisors
Euler Hermes
Euro Exim Bank
Export Trading Commodities
Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Berhad


Fuciphagus Agritech
Furley Bio Extracts


Gamlite IT
GKC Projects
Global University of Islamic Finance


Hong Leong Bank Berhad


ICC Academy
International Brass Industries
International Trade Council
Itochu Corporation


Jaguar Steel & Coal


Kawan Food Manufacturing
Kong Wooi Fong Tea Merchants


Labuan IBFC
Liberty Commodities


Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation
Malaysian Gas Association
Malaysian Incorporated Services Berhad
Malaysian Institute of Management
Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI)
Malaysian Investment Development Authority
Management & Science University
MAS Holdings
Metrod Holdings
Mewah Group
Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia
MK Tron
Mott MacDonald


Newstead International Limited
Ningbo YouHao Imp & Exp


OLAMIX Global Couture


PETCO Trading Labuan Company
Petronas Trading Corporation
Phoenix Global
PROTON Holdings Berhad


Qatar Reinsurance Company
QBE Insurance Group Limited
QSR Brands Holdings


Ramsi Shipping & Trading
Reliance Industries
Rescom Holdings
RGE Group
RHB Banking Group
Roda Enigma


SABIC Capital
Scomi Group
Swiss Re Corporate Solutions


TH IT Resource Centre
Thales Group
The Iclif Leadership & Governance Centre
Triumph Global


Vale International
Volvo Group


Wells Fargo Bank


Zhejiang Great Tao Network Technology
Zurich Insurance Group

Address: Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur , Kuala Lumpur

Telephone/Fax: +60 (3) 2380 8888


“This event pools reliable insights from people on the ground with diverse backgrounds. This helps when facilitating decision making.”

Z Ismail, Mewah Group

“Great topics and excellent speakers. Great insight into trade credit insurance in the financial market place.”

S Tan, JLT

“Provided lots of information on trade and export finance activities and the latest developments around the world, as well as useful material and an insight on GTR’s role, which is important in this area.”

S Memewati, Sime Darby

“An excellent forum with outstanding line up of speakers, highly relevant contents for the industry including growing coverage on Islamic finance”

A.B.M Abdan, OCBC

“The Malaysia Trade & Export Finance Conference provided a valuable platform to educate and advise the audience on the benefits of the use of Islamic Finance in Global Trade.”

D.V Abdullah CIFP, President & CEO INCEIF

“Well organized event with great platform that highlights on current trade issues”

O Miin, Ann Joo Resources


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