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We serve as the industry’s voice before multilateral agencies, export credit agencies, finance ministries, central banks and legislative bodies. We collaborate around the world with other industry groups and trade associations. As a member of BAFT, we represent you in continually striving to:

  • develop international standards such as the “Master Participation Agreement” for trade risk
  • support the “national treatment” of financial firms in the markets where they do business
  • promote the harmonization of financial services regulation and supervision between countries
  • coordinate with private and public sector stakeholders to ensure that governments, multilateral agencies, and leading policymakers around the globe have substantive feedback and reliable data on market dislocations and industry trends
  • Advocate for the positive consideration of trade finance and transaction banking under the Basel capital and liquidity framework
  • Use common Trade Finance Definitions to standardize industry/regulatory terminology and facilitate prioritization of trade risk in sovereign events
  • Ensure the continuation of benefits afforded companies via ECA financing

Policy News

BIS Releases Report on Trade Finance Developments and Issues; BAFT Contributes to Analysis

by Patrick Devilbiss | Feb 06, 2014
On January 31, the Study Group established by the Bank for International Settlements Committee on the Global Financial System released a report on the structure and recent evolution of the global trade finance market, and the interplay between changes in trade finance and international trade. Read the Document
On January 31, the Study Group established by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS) released a report on the structure and recent evolution of the global trade finance market, and the interplay between changes in trade finance and international trade. In particular, it reviews the available data sources and what they reveal about the size and evolution of the market, sheds light on the performance and impact of trade finance during recent episodes of funding strains in global markets, and examines how ongoing structural changes may affect the market's future resilience. BAFT was one of the private sector organizations consulted in the formation of the report and studies on trade finance markets prepared by BAFT contributed to the analysis by the CGFS.

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