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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

BAFT Jointly Publishes Paper on the SCF Payables Finance Technique

by Stacey Facter | Feb 24, 2020
On February 13, 2020, the Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF) made up of the major global associations representing the trade finance market including BAFT, FCI, the ICC, the ITFA and the EBA, published a Payables Finance white paper to allay concerns and clarify what Payables Finance is and how it works.
BAFT, a member of the Global Supply Chain Finance Forum (GSCFF), jointly published with its forum partners the EBA, FCI, the ICC and the ITFA the white paper titled Payables finance-how it helps global supply chains. The white paper is a factsheet from the GSCFF that explains the SCF Payables Finance technique-how it works and why, and when appropriately used, how it benefits supply chain buyers and suppliers. 

To view the white paper, visit our Library of Documents under the White Papers section.