The first part of its hybrid offering for the year – with an in-person event scheduled for September 22 in Dubai – GTR MENA 2021 Virtual took place on February 15-17, in a digital setting for the first time. The event brought market leaders together to discuss the region’s trade prospects and priorities, assessing a range of topics including business resilience levels, digitisation drives, the rise of ESG, new trade corridors and the importance of managing risk in a challenging global climate.
Featuring various chatrooms, discussion forums and a 3D interactive exhibition, participants were provided with the opportunity to watch a range of sessions – both live and on-demand – along with the chance to network and connect with over 1,700 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds. You can now access all video session recordings via GTR’s multimedia page. For a further breakdown, download our post-event media kit and key event takeaways from GTR’s in-house editorial and event content and production teams.
Join us again later this year for GTR MENA 2021 Dubai, or event GTR Saudi Arabia 2021 Riyadh as we hope to host our in-person events once again.
Top sessions included:
- Roundtable: “A year is a long time” – building trade resilience post-2020
- Adopting new approaches to risk in the financing of trade
- Digitisation in the new normal – taking the next step
- Case study: Going live with UAE Trade Connect (UTC)
- Keynote: Hoping for the best, planning for the worst
- Local and international banks
- Multinationals and SMEs
- Independent financiers
- Commodity brokers and trader
- Insurers and risk managers
- Lawyers and consultants
- Fintech providers
- ECAs & multilaterals
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"Great speakers and excellent for networking."
M Wahsh, Abu Dhabu Ports Group
"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."
Naura Hussain, United Bank Ltd.
"Congratulations on the MENA conference – the content is great and the platform impressive. Highly relevant for the Indian Ocean region."
"Awesome event with a packed and relevant agenda for the current macro economic scenario."
S Kuriyakkattil, Bank FAB
"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
"Another amazing event with good learning and discussion in GTR MENA"
“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)
"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."
"GTR MENA was once again an excellent event with a fantastic agenda. The virtual event was extremely well coordinated and absolutely seamless."
Sudhir Dole, CEO-Trade Information Network
“GTR MENA 2023 saw amazing participation from exporters/importers, fintech's, service providers facilitating International trade, and global banks. Sessions were very enriching”
"GTR MENA is full of well calibrated content, accomplished and resourceful panelists/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
“Once again, GTR pulled off an amazing event in 2020. Great networking, great content – an absolute must-attend!”
R Harding, Coriolis Technologies
"GTR brings the trade and export finance community together which contributes to improved governance, knowledge and leadership in the region."
"An inclusive platform for trade, finance and commodities."
"What a great opportunity to meet like-minded people keen on doing business, well done GTR for hosting such a fantastic event!"
"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
“I was delighted to participate in GTR MENA 2020 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)
"Great sessions, excellent moderation and content."
"Terrific event, have had the privilege of speaking at past forums. Very solid topics, senior stakeholder attendance, well organized – put on your short list!"
"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."
"Participating at GTR MENA 2022 was a great way to reconnect with the industry after the last two years, see old contacts and make new ones. So much has happened since the start of the pandemic, and GTR MENA was the best forum to catch up on developments, news & progress in one place."
"I have attended several editions of GTR MENA, this year’s event was special being a virtual one and 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."
"Great event and by far the largest in terms of corporate, financial institutions and fintechs attending. Well done indeed!"
"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!"
“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.”
"A very important event in the schedule of any company and banker seeking to develop trade finance solutions."Dr Ashraf Mahate, Dubai Industries & Exports
Dr A Mahate, Dubai Industries & Exports
"Well done GTR, you keep raising the bar."
"Great networking place, very interesting insight views, seasoned panel of experts and speakers."
"GTR is a great event to stay relevant to the market especially during pandemic and networking adds great flavor to whole event with knowledge sharing in MENA trade landscape."
"Very important opportunity to expand to new terms, knowledge and business insight, meet experts from many business and trade sectors. Thanks GTR for organizing this!"
GTR MENA remains THE event where stakeholders across the region are able to gather on a common platform to share their experiences and knowledge."
“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
"Thanks to the GTR Team for another superbly organized event. The relevance and content of the event has driven the record attendance. Many thanks to the panelists for the lively conversations!"
"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
"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
“GTR does it again and again! The GTR MENA 2020 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.”
"It is vital therefore 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!"
"GTR MENA remains the industry event for all things trade related. If you are connected to trade, this is the event to be at."
"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."
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
"I thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss emerging trade finance trends with industry players at GTR MENA 2022. These events always have a positive atmosphere and are now more relevant than ever given the shifting landscape post-pandemic. I look forward to next year’s event!"