Just came back from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Banking Commission
meetings in Beijing. It was a great conference with excellent content and debates, from the rules making activities to the launch of new instruments like the Bank Payment Obligation to address
the open account and supply chain finance space, from regulation with Basel III to the activities of the market intelligence working group or the role of technlogy in supporting trade finance. Many thanks again to the ICC for the invitation to speak.
One of the highlights was the discussion around the analysis of the ICC Trade Finance Register released in the new ICC report
Global Risks – Trade and Finance and showing yet again the short-term nature of trade transactions and their relatively low risk profile. The document is a gem.
Just one example with the Import Letters of Credit reporting 0.077% default and 0.007% loss...
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's
annoucement this week that it is waiving the one-year maturity floor for certain trade finance instruments under the advanced internal ratings-based approach (AIRB) for credit risk in Basel III is a great first step. But surely the committee can do more
in differentiating trade finance from higher-risk activities.