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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 Files Joint Association Comment Letter to EU Policy Makers Regarding Credit Insurance During COVID-19

by Stacey Facter | Apr 21, 2020
On April 14, 2020 BAFT along with the ITFA, the Berne Union, the IACPM, the IUA and Lloyd's Market Association filed a joint comment letter to policy makers in the European Union regarding the ongoing discussion about facilitating bank lending and the role of credit insurance amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The International Trade and Forfaiting Association (ITFA), the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), the Berne Union, the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers (IACPM), the International Underwriting Association (IUA) and Lloyd's Market Association (LMA) follow with great interest and appreciate the ongoing discussion of the policymakers in the European Union about facilitating bank lending amid the COVID-19 crisis. The aforementioned industry representatives believe that when it comes to credit insurance and guarantees, public and private sectors are inextricably connected through their respective complementary roles. 

We welcome the initiatives to reconsider the provisioning requirements for loans covered by Export Credit Agencies and other publicly guaranteed loans. This will be a very helpful measure to enable banks to continue the flow of much needed trade finance.

We wish to highlight that the private credit insurance market also provides important support to economic activity within Europe through facilitating bank lending in the same way as public sector Export Credit Agencies. Like Export Credit Agency cover, private credit insurance support a wide range of short, medium and long-term bank lending, including trade-related, asset-backed and corporate loans, for activities across the entire European Union and worldwide. 

Read the full Comment Letter in the Library of Documents page under Comment Letters.