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The Future of Trade Finance: Opportunities for Hong Kong, Asia and the World The Future of Trade Finance: Opportunities for Hong Kong, Asia and the World

The Future of Trade Finance: Opportunities for Hong Kong, Asia and the World

Date: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 15:00 - 17:00 Google Calendar Outlook/Apple Calendar
Speaker(s): Natalie Blyth, Alessio Botta, John W H Denton, Victor K Fung, Howard Lee, Pamela Mar, Andrew Wilson, Eddie Yue
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Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of many economies across Asia – where they account for over 90% of enterprises, and the bulk of employment – by have been increasingly underserved by global finance. The trade finance gap – estimated at $1.5 trillion USD pre-pandemic – has worsened to $1.7 trillion in 2020. The persistence of covid, the increasing pace of digitization, and the skills gap—do not bode well for SMEs, particularly in the emerging markets.

Against this backdrop, the Advisory Group on Trade Finance, formed by the International Chamber of Commerce in 2020, proposes a new vision for trade finance built around accessibility for SMEs, digitization and global interoperability. The technology exists to overhaul how trade finance works and make it a lot more inclusive. There are clear opportunities for Hong Kong, Asia and the world in this new ecosystem. 

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Natalie Blyth

Natalie Blyth

Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance, HSBC

Natalie Blyth is Global Head of Trade and Receivables Finance of HSBC. 

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Alessio Botta

Alessio Botta

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Alessio Botta is a Senior Partner of McKinsey & Company. 

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John W H Denton

John W H Denton

Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce

John W H Denton is a global business leader and international advisor on policy and a legal expert on international trade and investment.

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Victor K Fung

Victor K Fung

Advisory Board Co-Chair, Asia Global Institute

Dr Victor K Fung is Advisory Board Co-Chair of Asia Global Institute. He's also Group Chairman of the Fung Group, a Hong Kong-based multinational group which comprises major operating groups engaging in trading, logistics, distribution and retailing including privately-held Li & Fung Limited and publicly listed Convenience Retail Asia Limited. 

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Howard Lee

Howard Lee

Deputy Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Howard Lee is Deputy Chief Executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority. 

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Pamela Mar

Pamela Mar

Executive Vice President – Knowledge and Applications, Fung Group

Pamela leads the Fung Academy’s knowledge generation, application, and dissemination in support of the Fung Group’s business success and readiness for the future.  

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Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Global Policy Director, International Chamber of Commerce

Andrew Wilson is the Permanent Observer of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to the United Nations.

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Eddie Yue

Eddie Yue

Chief Executive, Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Eddie Yue is Chief Executive of Hong Kong Monetary Authority. 

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