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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

Response to FinCEN ANPR on Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Program Effectiveness

by Samantha Pelosi | Nov 18, 2020
On November 16, BAFT, along with BPI and others, submitted a letter to FinCEN supporting regulatory action that would permit entities to enhance the effectiveness of their AML programs.

BAFT along with seven other trade associations submitted a response to an advance notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) related to AML program effectiveness.

The associations communicated their view that regulatory action is necessary to enable the allocation of resources to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of AML programs, while remaining compliant with the legal requirements of the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). They offered several high-level recommendations to FinCEN as it moves forward with the rulemaking process.

To read the joint letter and learn more about the associations’ recommendations, visit our Library of Documents under the Comment Letters section or click here.