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Dubai, UAE
Feb 17-18, 2020
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2 Day Event

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Industry experts meet in Dubai to discuss the future of trade

With the rapidly changing dynamics in a turbulent global economic landscape, the future of trade, and the trade finance that supports it, continues to be a topic for debate.

The extent to which corporates, financial institutions and government agencies are working together to assess future prospects – guiding their constituents to strong growth and reduced risk – and the markets being explored, solutions discussed, and efficiencies unveiled was a key theme of the conference.

With special focus on the importance of ‘seizing opportunities’ for this year’s instalment, GTR MENA provides an unrivalled platform for increasing awareness of the market, presenting the opportunity to hear from leading local and international trade and export finance experts and employing a wide range of session formats and networking activities to facilitate high-quality conversations and business development opportunities. Discussions on Day One centred around how best to capitalise on such opportunities, from the potential trade legacy of Expo 2020 to new trade flows and political relationships, as well as ongoing conversations around the “digitisation journey” being undertaken by many in the market. Strong attention was also paid to the importance of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship, improving diversity levels and creating a more inclusive environment, with close attention paid to the important work of the SheTrades initiative, as well as tips for exporters on how to “get noticed” in a competitive landscape.

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Hosted by Laura Buckwell, former news anchor for the TV channel City7 TV, Day One of the event welcomed a number of the highest-calibre speakers, all of whom were keen to share their expertise and offer guidance on how best to navigate the current climate. These included Massimo Falcioni, Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE federal export credit agency tasked with accelerating and sustaining national economic diversification as well as supporting the export and re-export of goods, services and foreign investment; Dr Karen Remo, recently proclaimed the ‘Female Leader of the Year’ in the Middle East Economic Digest Awards and the co-founder of New Perspective Media Group; and Laura Lane, Global President of Public Affairs for UPS, a former trade negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative and winner of the Washington Business Journal’s ‘Women Who Mean Business’ award.

Both Maninder Bhandari (Director of the Derby Group and former global banker) and Peter Gubbins (CEO & Founder of Global Trade Review) were keen to emphasise that they feel the period of reduced economic growth was thankfully over, with markets now seizing opportunities previously unconsidered in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb and Iraq among others. Bhandari was also keen to stress that downturns in global markets were nothing new, whether in MENA, Asia Pacific or Latin America: “Trade is often a cyclical process and the past 25 years has seen challenges across many markets; what is notable is that each downturn has attracted talented solutions and efforts to think outside the box. These solutions if well thought-out and implemented with resolve lead to improved efficiencies, developments in the blockchain space being an excellent example of this.”

Gubbins, a UK national and owner of UK-based GTR, was equally bullish when talking about the ramifications of the UK’s exit from the European Union and its impact on global, and specifically MENA, trade: “Businesses crave certainty, so whatever people’s individual viewpoints on the merits or otherwise of political decisions, now is the time for global trade to look to move forward, to build relationships and address key issues in pursuit of growth. Nowhere is that better showcased than the unrivalled opportunities provided by events such as GTR MENA, which in its 16th year has become the premier discussion medium across the MENA region.”



Companies who attended in 2020

  • ABB Group
  • Abdul Latif Jameel International
  • Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • Advaita
  • Agriprocity
  • Al Futtaim
  • Al Ghurair
  • Al Masaood Automobiles
  • Al Mazroui Medical Group
  • Al Muhaidib Group
  • Al Tayer Group
  • Aldor Almanthoor General Trading
  • ALEC Group
  • Al-Futtaim
  • Alghanim International
  • Ali & Sons Contracting Ltd
  • Ali Shahwari Realstate
  • Alucor
  • APP International Marketing
  • Apparel Group
  • Arab & India Spices
  • Arabian Commodities
  • Arabian Construction Company
  • Arabtec Holding PJSC
  • Aramco Overseas Company
  • Arasco
  • ArcelorMittal
  • Arenco
  • ASGC Holding
  • Atlantic Energy
  • Atlantic Industrial & Trading
  • Atlantis Global
  • Aujan Group Holding
  • Beko
  • Biskom International
  • BP Oil International
  • Brand Folio
  • The Brink's Company
  • Bunge
  • Byblos Industries Zambia
  • Canon
  • Carestream
  • Cargill
  • Centaurus International
  • Chabros International Group
  • Chalhoub Group
  • Commerce Connect
  • Concrete Industrial Complex
  • Control Contracting & Trading
  • Coral Energy
  • Crescent Petroleum
  • Daimler
  • Danube Group
  • Danway
  • Dell
  • Derby Group
  • Deshbandhu Group
  • Dgrade FZ LLC
  • DHL
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • DP World
  • Ducab
  • E3 Energy
  • Emirates Airline
  • Emirates Global Aluminium
  • Emirates National Copper Factory - Nuhas
  • Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC)
  • Enhance Group
  • Emirates National Factory for Plastic Industries
  • (ENPI)
  • Eurasia Metals and Investments
  • Export Trading Group (ETG)
  • Farrelly & Mitchell
  • Fintel
  • Fistco
  • FrameCad
  • Future Group Holdings
  • GAP Polymers
  • GE Healthcare
  • GE Power
  • General Electric (GE)
  • General Motors (GM)
  • Golden Core Trading
  • Goodyear
  • Granteq
  • Gulf Agency Company
  • Gulf Drug LLC
  • Hakan Agro
  • Hargood Corporation
  • Hassani Group
  • Hisense Group
  • HMD Global
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Hydrocarbon International FZE
  • Ingram Micro
  • Innovative Invasion
  • International Golden Group
  • International Trade Management
  • ITG
  • Ittihad Investment Group
  • Jackys
  • Jay Kal General Trading
  • Jaykal Exports DMCC
  • Jindal SAW
  • KBBO Group
  • Kobian
  • Kogex DMCC
  • Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
  • L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering
  • Landmark Group (RNA Resources Group)
  • Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
  • Larsen & Toubro Construction
  • Larsen Toubro Arabia Co
  • Liberty Commodities
  • Liberty Fe Trade
  • Liberty House Group
  • Lilypeck
  • Liqui Productions (GIB)
  • Logicom
  • Louis Dreyfus Company
  • Man Corp
  • Mantrac Group
  • Masdar
  • McDermott International
  • Megnacio
  • MENA Energy
  • Mercancia Continental DMCC
  • Mercator Commodities
  • Mercury Commodities
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Midcom
  • Mistumi Distribution
  • Monjasa
  • Mosart Marble
  • Multi Commerce FZE Dubai
  • National Oilwell Varco Inc
  • Navodaya DMCC
  • Nestlé
  • Nokia
  • NOON
  • Novelis
  • Nurol Construction and Trading
  • Oando
  • Oil Burg
  • Oman Trading International
  • One Foods
  • Oracle
  • Outotec
  • Petrochem Middle East
  • Petrofac
  • Philips
  • Phoenix Global DMCC
  • Pictor Photography
  • Planet Core Group
  • Polymed Trading
  • Praramb Agri Trading DMCC
  • Premium Tobacco International
  • PSTV Energy
  • Radiant World
  • RAK Ceramics
  • RAK Properties Co PJS
  • Rakha Alkhaleej International (RAI)
  • Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (RAKEZ)
  • Redington Gulf
  • Rescom Holdings
  • Rezayat
  • RSK Group
  • RWood Resources
  • Saint Gobain
  • Salini Impregilo
  • Saudi Printing & Packing Company (SPPC)
  • Saudi Railways
  • Scheider Electrics
  • SDC
  • Selkar Trading
  • Siemens
  • SIG Combibloc
  • Sodamco
  • SOI Global
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sony Professional Solutions MEA FZ LLC
  • Spectrum Exhibition
  • SRG Holding
  • Star Global
  • Steinweg Sharaf FZCO
  • Suhail Bahwan Group (Holding) LLC
  • Sumitomo Corporation
  • Sunrise Petroleum
  • Swiss Singapore Overseas Enterprises
  • T Choithram & Sons
  • Televeras Group
  • Tetra Pak Export
  • Thinkronyze by AMAIS LLC
  • Tracon General Trading
  • Trafigura Group
  • Transworld Group of Companies
  • Tyco Fire and Security Middle East & Africa
  • Union Cement Company
  • United Engineering Construction (UNEC)
  • UPS
  • Utmost Building Materials
  • Value-tech International
  • Vikudha Overseas
  • Vin Metal Synergies
  • Vintage Bullion DMCC
  • Vitol
  • Zafco
  • Zakher Marine International
  • 101 Capital
  • Absa
  • Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank
  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB)
  • Al Masraf Bank
  • Al Rajhi Bank
  • Anglo-Gulf Trade Bank
  • Arab Bank
  • Arab National Bank
  • BACB
  • Bank ABC
  • Bank Asia
  • Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam
  • Bank Of America
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • Banque De Commerce et De Placements (BCP)
  • Banque Misr
  • Barclays
  • Belfius Bank
  • BMCE Bank
  • BNP Paribas
  • BNY Mellon
  • Citi
  • Commercial Bank International (CBI)
  • Commercial Bank of Dubai
  • Commerzbank AG
  • Credit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Emirates Islamic Bank
  • Emirates NBD
  • Euro Exim Bank
  • Faisal Islamic Bank
  • FIMBank
  • First Abu Dhabi Bank (FAB)
  • Gulf International Bank
  • HSBC
  • ING
  • Intesa Sanpaolo
  • Islami Bank
  • J.P. Morgan
  • Lenovo Financial Services
  • Mashreq
  • MCB
  • Mizuho Bank
  • MUFG
  • Mutual Trust Bank
  • National Bank of Bahrain (NBB)
  • National Bank of Fujairah (NBF)
  • NCC Bank
  • Nedbank CIB
  • Noor Bank
  • RAKBANK (The National Bank of Ras al-
  • Khaimah)
  • Riyad Bank
  • SABB
  • Sberbank
  • Sky British Enterprises Ltd
  • Social Islami Bank
  • Société Générale
  • Standard Chartered
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)
  • The Access Bank UK
  • Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI)
  • United Bank
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wyelands Bank
  • Alpen Capital
  • Barak Fund Management
  • Blend Financial Services
  • Cugavadi
  • Dow Jones
  • Falcon Group
  • Goldrush Capital
  • Greensill Capital (UK) Limited
  • GTR Ventures
  • Gulf International Finance Limited
  • Incomlend
  • Maersk
  • MRF Financial Broker
  • Ntrust Advisory
  • Orbitt
  • Prime Investrade
  • Prodigy Way International
  • Qbera Capital
  • Rasmala
  • Sarwa
  • Thornwood Capital LLP
  • Wilben Trade
  • Zerco Investments
  • Bolero International
  • China Systems
  • Cogencelabs
  • Coriolis Technologies
  • Demica
  • DLT Ledgers
  • Etisalat Digital
  • HDP Lendscape
  • HPD LendScape
  • Kyriba
  • Maxxsure
  • Metra
  • Mindgate Solutions
  • Mitigram
  • Monimove
  • NeuroSoft SA
  • Pole Star
  • Premium Technology
  • Red Walls Technical Services
  • SS and C Advent
  • Swift
  • Tallyx Inc
  • TradeAssets
  • TradeIX
  • Apt Capital
  • CB Advisers
  • Cranmore Partners
  • EXX Africa
  • International Company Profile (ICP)
  • JISR Capital
  • KFS International
  • Kimoha Entrepreneurs
  • MI Capital Finance Consultants
  • Nuevo Asia
  • OCO Global
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RPS Group
  • Synergy Infrastructure
  • Thompson Reuters
  • Trueva Consulting
  • Abu Dhabi Global Market
  • Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT)
  • Beehive
  • Competence Center for German Export Finance
  • DMCC
  • FCI
  • Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)
  • ICC Banking Commission
  • Swiss Business Council Dubai & Northern
  • Emirates
  • UK Department for International Trade
  • BPL Global
  • Global Collateral Control (GCC)
  • Howden Insurance Brokers
  • Malakut Insurance Brokers
  • Markel International
  • Marsh JLT Specialty
  • Noor Takaful
  • Orient UNB Takaful
  • PIB Insurance Brokers
  • RKH Specialty
  • Texel Finance
  • The Arab Investment & Export Credit Guarantee Corporation
  • Gecko Media
  • Golin MENA
  • GTR
  • Italian Press Association
  • Liwa Advertising
  • Narrative Media
  • New Perspective Media
  • Russian Emirates Publishing and Advertising
  • Seven Media
  • Stick Figure
  • TEC Event Management
  • Webster University
  • Zawya
  • Dubai Exports
  • Etihad Credit Insurance
  • International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation
  • (ITFC)
  • MIGA
  • UK Export Finance (UKEF)
  • Abu Dhabi Vegetable Oil Co (ADVOC)
  • Al Tamimi & Company
  • Clifford Chance
  • Clyde & Co
  • Lincoln Associates
  • Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP



"GTR MENA continues to grow an importance with a record 900+ attendees this year. Exceptional networking opportunities with corporates and banks."

M Iqbal, Standard Chartered

"With all relevant players present, this is an excellent event for all trade finance practitioners in the region, featuring great networking opportunities."

T Richter, Daimler Commercial Vehicles

"Thanks to the GTR Team for another superbly organised event. The relevance and content of the event has driven the record attendance. Many thanks to the panellists for the lively conversations!"

S Roy, TradeAssets

"Worldwide GTR conferences allow businesses to improve, while discussing, sharing views and networking with the greatest experts in trade finance. Attending GTR gives the opportunity to touch base regarding the latest developments, hot topics and possible solutions to the main issues of the decade."

P Gupta, Polytrade

"A great conference with lot of relevant discussions. Look forward to the next event."

P Koththigoda, Shell

“GTR does it again and again! This GTR MENA had the best selection of attendees, panellists and exhibitors focused on SCF. This year I attended both the India and MENA events, and both were top class. I have now added these events to my annual calendar.”

R Debnath, Cogence Labs

"The only trade finance event you need to attend in the MENA region."

D Henry, AGTB

"Very useful, topics and areas are taken correctly. A useful event to get in touch with new people who are all in global trade."

V Arunachalam, Platinum Corporates

“Once again, GTR pulled off an amazing event. Great networking, great content – an absolute must-attend!”

R Harding, Coriolis Technologies

"Brings so many superb minds together produced a tangible buzz of creativity."

G Slawther, Corporate Advisory Resources

“GTR has always been a great place to network; the content, speakers and panel discussions were well chosen, engaging and relevant to the industry trends.”

L Almeida, Markel International (Dubai) Limited

"GTR MENA remains THE event where stakeholders across the region are able to gather on a common platform to share their experiences and knowledge."

Y Khan, Citi

"Great sessions, excellent moderation and content."

Y Khan, Citi

"Outstanding event held at GTR MENA in Dubai. The content was extremely informative and relevant, while there were some very good networking opportunities between banks, corporations, intermediaries and fintechs."

Y Harrilal, Nedbank

"An excellent networking forum!"

S Huraiz, GE Healthcare

"The best-organised trade finance event in Dubai, with trade professionals looking forward to attending each year."

K Duraiswamy, ADCB

"I have attended several editions of GTR MENA, this year’s event was special being my first as a panellist on a hot topic of the year. I enjoyed the entire experience, from the preparation phase until we went live. The organisers were helpful, simple and fun to work with, whilst after the session, I received several emails which proved the efficiency of such virtual sessions. Looking forward to next year’s event."

Z Brake, Euler Hermes

"Very informative and timely."

M Yousuf, Tetra Pak

"GTR is doing an amazing job in helping companies and financiers connect with each other. We have been connected with GTR for a few years now and will continue doing the same. Cheers!"

C Lad, Veefin

“I was delighted to participate in GTR MENA and for GTR to highlight and showcase the importance of the need to address sustainable supply chains as well as to be involved in the tech showcase. I had the opportunity to learn more about some really interesting fintech start-ups that are creating solutions we need.”

L McAuley, Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA)

“GTR MENA saw amazing participation from exporters, importers, fintech's, service providers facilitating International trade, and global banks. Sessions were very enriching”

V Lodha, 360tf

"A great conference with lot of relevant discussions. Look forward to the next event."

P Koththigoda, Shell

"A well thought out agenda to cover current trends and challenges in trade and it was very well represented by all stakeholders."

K Syed, Dubai Islamic Bank

"The event was well-organised and brought together industry leaders and experts to discuss the latest trends and developments in trade finance. The networking opportunities were excellent, connecting us with professionals from various backgrounds and providing valuable insights."

B Kurtulus, FCI

"Debates on contemporary subjects and the many networking opportunities are key benefits."

P Mukherjee, Adebs Management Consultants

"With all relevant players present, this is an excellent event for all trade finance practitioners in the region, featuring great networking opportunities."

T Richter, Daimler Commercial Vehicles

"I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss emerging trade finance trends with industry players at GTR MENA. These events always have a positive atmosphere and are now more relevant than ever. I look forward to next year’s event!"

F Danab, Bank of America

"Awesome event with a packed and relevant agenda for the current macro economic scenario."

S Kuriyakkattil, Bank FAB

"Excellent subject matter and informed participants, with a focused exhibition area for looking at new technologies as well as networking with leading players."

G Bright, Euro Exim Bank

Overall great event, critical topics being discussed and high level of participation with excellent networking opportunities. Keep up the great work."

Y Tahboub, Bank of Jordan

"Well done GTR, you keep raising the bar."

A Ganguli, RAKBANK

"The best annual event for networking in the trade finance market."

G Wilson, Intertek

"GTR MENA was once again an excellent event with a fantastic agenda. The event was extremely well coordinated and absolutely seamless."

S Dole, CEO-Trade Information Network

"Participating at GTR MENA was a great way to reconnect with the industry, see old contacts and make new ones. GTR MENA was the best forum to catch up on developments, news and progress in one place."

J Hepworth, OCO Global

"I have found this to be the most useful and relevant annual trade event in the UAE that brings all key stakeholders together for a great information exchange and networking experience!"

E U Ahmed, Dubai Islamic Bank

"An excellent and enjoyable event enabling broad coverage of key trade finance and related topics, while presenting superb networking opportunities."

A Sabri, Gulf Associates

"A very important event in the schedule of any company and banker seeking to develop trade finance solutions."

Dr A Mahate, Dubai Industries & Exports

"GTR MENA is a recurring committed event on my calendar as I get to connect with pretty much all key industry players covering economics update, policy makers, banks, FIs, corporate treasurers, CFOs, finance professionals and technology providers."

U Pirzada, Al Majdouie Holding Co

"The premier trade and export finance event in the region embracing the diversity in business opportunities."

P Luketa, CB Advisers

"GTR brings the trade and export finance community together which contributes to improved governance, knowledge and leadership in the region."

S Ozkan, SMBC Group

"An inclusive platform for trade, finance and commodities."

H Gopalan, Rescom Holdings

"Great event and by far the largest in terms of corporates, financial institutions and fintechs attending. Well done indeed!"

Y Khan, Citi

"An excellent platform to network and unlock opportunities to explore the Middle East and Africa trade and finance focus."

Z Meyer, Nedbank CIB

"It is vital for all professionals involved in trade to be up to date with innovation, disruption and the advance of technology. That is precisely the value offered by GTR MENA. This is where the rubber hits the road!"

P Matza, ACT

"GTR is a great event to stay relevant to the market and networking adds great flavor to whole event with knowledge sharing in MENA trade landscape."

P Kumar, RGE Group

"GTR MENA is full of well calibrated content, accomplished and resourceful panellists/speakers who may help to broaden one’s horizon and bring in highly valuable perspectives to the pressing issues of trade and commodity finance industry."

O Gunes, Sberbank (Switzerland) AG

"Great speakers and excellent for networking."

M Wahsh, Abu Dhabu Ports Group

"Congratulations on the MENA conference — the content is great and the platform impressive. Highly relevant for the Indian Ocean region."

M Livsey, IORA

"A powerful gathering uniting the banking industry and broader financial network."

A Sayed, Lloyd's List Intelligence

"A very good event for meeting people, banks and technology of the field you work in and to upgrade further."

N Nazar, EGIS Group

"As a first-time attendee at GTR MENA, I wanted to express my sincere gratitude for the enriching experience. The event exceeded my expectations, offering valuable insights and networking opportunities. Thank you for making my inaugural participation memorable."

I Amirbekyan, ID Bank CJSC

"Once again an excellent event hosted by the highly professional GTR Team. The fact that it is one of the first in-person Conferences after two years, also made it a landmark event enjoyed by Banks, Insurers, Traders and a wide spectrum of other Stakeholders alike."

Z Meyer, Nedbank CIB

"Another amazing event with good learning and discussion in GTR MENA"

B Gupta, Olam Agri

"Debates on contemporary subjects and the many networking opportunities are key benefits."

P Mukherjee, Adebs Management Consultants

"What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people keen on doing business, well done GTR for hosting such a fantastic event!"

B Talsi, BMCE

"It is a one stop shop for all business partners to meet."

H Ashraf, Novelis

"A key trade event in the MENA region bringing together leading industry experts."

N Kumar, United Arab Bank

"An excellent platform for networking and gaining great insight of the trade and treasury from across the globe."

A David, ALEC Group

"Good conference with great opportunities to network and meet relevant industry stakeholders."

A Sunderkumar, Standard Chartered

"Great opportunity for networking and to receive an outlook on trade and export for MENA."

F H Salem, NPS Energy

"GTR MENA remains the industry event for all things trade related. If you are connected to trade, this is the event to be at."

A Xavier, Barclays

"A good platform to gain awareness of the market challenges faced today and the potential areas that need to be addressed."

P Shankar, OSN

"Great networking place, very interesting insights and views, with seasoned panels of experts and speakers."


"An excellent opportunity to meet corporates, FIs and Fintechs in one location."

M Aryan, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB)

“GTR MENA has created an effective platform that facilitates a discussion related to challenges faced by SMEs or businesses of any size in the region. It also highlights the benefits of encouraging a culture of entrepreneurship while initiating conversations around getting more visibility in a competitive landscape.”

H Al Khazaleh, Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI)

"Perfect organization, well-charted out, relevant and eloquent speakers of incredible high level. The exchange of ideas and outlook for the way forward was appreciated in these uncertain times. GTR MENA once again knocked it out of the park as one of the premier trade-related events for the region."

N Hussain, United Bank Ltd.

"GTR MENA gets bigger and better every year!"

S Pullolickel, GE

"GTR MENA is an opportunity that I would not miss at any cost. Over the years it has transformed from simple networking to knowledge sharing and creating a source of ‘GO TO’ for information."

S Desai, Humana International

"The most valuable event in the MENA region with great opportunities for networking with local market leaders in the banking, corporate and trade credit insurance sectors."

A Klepp, Credendo Group

"The best conference to visit in 2024. The networking is excellent and the hosts are perfect."

I Loktionov, Panasia Energy

"The GTR MENA 2024 event provided invaluable insights into emerging market trends and opportunities offering essential networking opportunities for banking professionals."

P Singh, United Arab Bank

"Very good balance between environmental topics, practical aspects of trade finance, and networking."

F Marret, Webcor Group

"Excellent arrangements and a great opportunity to meet up with industry peers and exchange views."

A Dasani, BBK Online

"Very important opportunity to expand to new terms, knowledge and business insight, meet experts from many business and trade sectors. Thanks GTR for organising this!"

M Kiwan, ICC Syria

"Terrific event, I have had the privilege of speaking at past forums. Very solid topics, senior stakeholder attendance, well organized — put on your short list!"

J Logan, Pelican

"GTR events are the window of the future."

F Lahbib, OCP Group

"GTR MENA is a must attend event and to be marked in your calendar."

V Varghese, Genuine International Automobile

“GTR MENA is an integral part of the regional trade finance community to reflect upon emerging corridor opportunities along with changing dynamics and new risks to remain relevant in the market.”


S Ozkan, SMBC Group

2020’s breakdown


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2020 event breakdown

Hundreds of industry experts attended GTR MENA 2020 on February 17-8 to discuss the future of trade in the Middle East, including:

– Local and international banks
– Multinationals and SMEs
– Independent financiers
– Commodity brokers and traders
– Insurers and risk managers
– Lawyers and consultants
– Fintech providers
– ECAs & multilaterals

Download the post-event media kit for the 2020 event breakdown, including a list of attending companies, attendee regional and sector statistics and contributed articles.

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Over 90 speakers in 2020:




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  • Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
  • Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
  • Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
  • pretexts itself from the risk of a data breach

We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

Data protection law

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.

The Data Protection Act is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:

  • Be processed fairly and lawfully
  • Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
  • Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Be accurate and kept up to date
  • Not be held for any longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
  • Be protected in appropriate ways
  • Not be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA), unless that country of territory also ensures an adequate level of protection

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about products and services, when you register for an event, register to receive eNewsletters, subscribe or register for a trial to our GTR magazine/website.

 Types of Personal Data Held and its Use

1.      Customer Services and Administration

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.

This information is used to administer and deliver to you the products and/or services you have requested, to operate our Sites efficiently and improve our service to you, and to retain records of our business transactions and communications. By using the Sites and submitting personal information through the registration process you are agreeing that we may collect, hold, process and use your information (including personal information) for the purpose of providing you with the Site services and developing our business, which shall include (without limitation) the purposes described in the below paragraphs.

2.      Monitoring use of our Sites

Where, as part of our Site services, we enable you to post information or materials on our Site, we may access and monitor any information which you upload or input, including in any password-protected sections. Subject to any necessary consents, we also monitor and/or record the different Sites you visit and actions taken on those Sites, e.g. content viewed or searched for. If you are a registered user (e.g. a subscriber or taking a trial), when you log on, this places a cookie on your machine. This enables your access to content and services that

are not publicly available. Once you are logged on, the actions you take – for example, viewing an article – will be recorded (subject to any necessary consents). We may use technology or a service provider to do this for us. This information may be used for one or more of the following purposes:

  • to fulfil our obligations to you;
  • to improve the efficiency, quality and design of our Sites and services;
  • to see which articles, features and services are most read and used
  • to track compliance with our terms and conditions of use, e.g. to ensure that you are acting within the scope of your user licence;
  • for marketing purposes (subject to your rights to opt-in and opt-out of receiving certain marketing communications) – see paragraph 3 below;
  • for advertising purposes, although the information used for these purposes does not identify you personally. Please see paragraph 5 below for more details;
  • to protect or comply with our legal rights and obligations; and
  • to enable our journalists to contact and interact with you online in connection with any content you may post to our Sites.

Please see paragraph 5 below for more information on cookies and similar technologies and a link to a page where you can turn them on or off.

3.      Marketing

Some of your personal data collected under paragraphs 1 and 2 above may be used by us to contact you by e-mail, telephone and/or post for sending information or promotional material on our products and/or services and/or those of our other group companies. We give you the opportunity to opt-out of receiving marketing communications. Further detail can be found on the applicable Site and in the footer of each marketing communication sent by us, our group companies or service providers. See also “Consents and opt-outs” section below. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.

4.      Profiling

We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you.

5.      Cookies and similar technologies

All our Sites use cookies and similar technical tools to collect information about your access to the Site and the services we provide.

What is a cookie?

When you enter some sites, your computer will be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that identify your computer to servers. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, just the computer used.

Many sites do this whenever a user visits their site in order to track traffic flows, recording those areas of the site that have been visited by the computer in question, and for how long.

Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. Selecting not to receive means that certain personalised services Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd offers cannot then be provided to that user.


Why do we use cookies?

  1. Log In – Where we provide log in mechanisms for site users a cookie is created at login and for the duration of the session. Each cookie contains a unique reference number only (no personal information) which is used to confirm you are authorised.
  2. Analytics – To allow us to keep track of traffic to our website we use cookies. The cookies simply tell us if you have previously visited our website so we can get more accurate figures for New vs Returning visitors.

Find and control your cookies

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We may use cookies to:

  • remember that you have used the Site before; this means we can identify the number of unique visitors we receive to different parts of the Site. This allows us to make sure we have enough capacity for the number of users that we get and make sure that the Site runs fast enough
  • remember your login session so you can move from one page to another within the Site;
  • store your preferences or your user name and password so that you do not need to input these details every time you visit the Site;
  • customise elements of the layout and/or content of the pages of Site for you;
  • record activity on our Sites so that we understand how you use our Sites enabling us to better tailor our content, services and marketing to your needs;
  • collect statistical information about how you use the Site so that we can improve the Site; and
  • gather information about the pages on the Site that you visit, and other information about other websites that you visit, so as to place you in a “market segment”. This information is only collected by reference to the IP address that you are using, but does include information about the county and city you are in, together with the name of your internet service provider.

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but, if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that, or to notify you each time a cookie is set. You can also learn more about cookies in general by visiting which includes additional useful information on cookies and how to block cookies using different types of browser. Please note however, that by blocking, deleting or turning off cookies used on the Site you may not be able to take full advantage of the Site.

6.      E-mail tracking

E-mail tracking is a method for monitoring the e-mail delivery to those subscribers who have opted-in to receive marketing e-mails from GTR, including GTR Africa, GTR Asia, GTR Americas, GTR Europe, GTR Mena, GTR eNews, Third party e-mails and GTR Ventures.

Why do we track e-mails?

So that we can better understand our users’ needs, we track responses, subscription behaviour and engagement to our e-mails – for example, to see which links are the most popular in newsletters. They enable us to understand the consumers journey through metrics including open rate, click-through rate, bounces and unsubscribes. Any other purposes for which Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd wishes to use your personal data will be notified to you and your personal data will not be used for any such purpose without obtaining your prior consent.

How do you track GTR eNewsletters?

To do this, we use pixel GIFs, also known as “pixel tags” – these are small image files that are placed within the body of our e-mail messages. When that image is downloaded from our web servers, the e-mail is recorded as being opened. By using some form of digitally time-stamped record to reveal the exact time and date that an e-mail was received or opened, as well the IP address of the recipient.

7.      Consents and opt-outs

You can give your consent to opt-out of all or any particular uses of your data as indicated above by:

  • Indicating at the point on the relevant Site where personal data is collected
  • Informing us by e-mail, post or phone
  • Updating your preferences on the applicable Site or eNewsletter (unsubscribe and preference options are available in the footer of each eNewsletter)

To turn cookies and similar technologies on and off, see the information in paragraph 5 above. Any questions regarding consents and opt-outs should be sent by e-mail to or by writing to Data Protection Officer at, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, United Kingdom. Alternatively, you can telephone our London headquarters at +44 (0) 20 8673 9666.

8.      Disclosures

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.

9.      Public forums, message boards and blogs

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.

10.  Data outside the EEA

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.

Who has access to your information?

Confidentiality and Security of Your Personal Data

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:

  • unauthorised access
  • improper use or disclosure
  • unauthorised modification
  • unlawful destruction or accidental loss

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.

How to access, update and erase your personal information

If you wish to know whether we are keeping personal data about you, or if you have an enquiry about our privacy policy or your personal data held by us, in relation to any of the Sites, you can contact the Data Protection Officer via:

  • By writing to this address: Data Protection Officer, Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd, 4 Hillgate Place, London, SW12 9ER, UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8673 9666
  • E-mail:

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:

  • erased
  • rectified or amended
  • completed

Disclosing data for other reasons

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.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

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.

Providing information

Exporta Publishing & Events Ltd aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand.

  • How the data is being used
  • How to exercise their rights

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.

Review of this policy

We keep this Policy under regular review. This Privacy Statement was last updated in April 2018.

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