La Antigua, Guatemala, May 6, 2013 –
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Spanish Agency for International
Cooperation, are training 21 Latin American bankers to help them improve
their trade finance operations, reduce risks and better serve small and
Through its advisory services, IFC provides
banks and other financial institutions with training and support to improve
their skills in structuring basic and complex trade finance transactions
and improve their techniques for mitigating trade finance risk. The training
also seeks to upgrade the operational and technical skills of their trade
finance back offices, and transfer current international best practices
in trade finance to local markets.
The participants, who represent twelve
banks in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Paraguay,
are taking part in a five-day training program from May 6-10, 2013.
This advisory program is part of IFC’s
Global Trade Finance Program, which was established in 2005 to promote
trade between emerging markets, increase developing countries’ share of
global trade, and support the flow of goods and services between these
countries. Since its inception, nearly 500 bankers from 20 countries have
benefited from the training courses in Latin America and the Caribbean.
“IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program
opens doors for local banks that face limits on account of their size,
their network of correspondent banks, or the political risk in their countries,”
said Georgina Baker, IFC’s Director of Global Trade and Supply Chain Solutions.
“Our program has linked more than 500 participating confirming and issuing
banks - including 61 issuing banks in Latin America and the Caribbean -
into a global network that expands access to finance, particularly for
small businesses, and spurs international trade and economic growth.”
IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program
offers confirming banks partial or full guarantees on payment obligations
in the emerging markets for trade-related transactions and its advisory
program is designed to help local banks build their trade finance capacity.
Since 2005, 15,019 guarantees were issued for transactions with a total
volume of more than $23.3 billion.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth
by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial
markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.
In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion,
leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation,
and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more
information, visit www.ifc.org.
For more information about IFC’s Global
Trade Finance Program in Latin America and the Caribbean Region, please
contact Antonio Alves, Principal and Regional Head for Short-Term Finance
in the Region, at firstname.lastname@example.org.