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Publications
21/09/2021

Business Confidence Index Q3.21 Published

BCI Q3 Report confirms a steady improvement in both demand and risk appetite during the first half of 2021, while emerging claims have remained low
Member News
21/09/2021

Peder Lundquist appointed CEO of EKF Denmark's Export Credit Agency

EKF’s Board of Directors has today appointed Peder Lundquist Chief Executive Officer of EKF Denmark's Export Credit Agency.
Publications
11/08/2021

2020 State of the Industry Report

Analysis of data and trends in the export credit and investment insurance industry during 2020
Publications
22/07/2021

Summer BUlletin: Illuminating Climate

Changing perspectives in climate policy, products and processes across the export credit industry
Member News
15/07/2021

New Norwegian export credit agency Eksfin up and running

Export Finance Norway (Eksfin.no) is the result of a merger between former government agencies GIEK and Export Credit Norway, and is fully operational from 1 Ju...
Publications
30/05/2021

May BUlletin: In search of claims

Where is the avalanche of claims and insolvencies expected to emerge from COVID-19? The picture so far is uneven across geographies, sectors and business lines....
Publications
28/05/2021

Business Confidence Index Q2.21 Published

BCI Q2. Update continues the trend established through the end of 2020 and while risk appetite remains high, insurers continue preparing for rising claims in th...
Outreach
25/05/2021

CSM Workshop: Cooperation for Climate Impact starting 7th June

We are delighted to share a finalised agenda for the workshop and invite all practitioners involved in trade, development and climate finance to register their ...
Member News
21/05/2021

New agency Export Finance Norway superseding GIEK from 1 July

Export Finance Norway will handle all officially supported export credits consisting of export credit guarantees from GIEK and export credit loans from Export C...
Member News
06/05/2021

EXIM Thailand Appoints New President

EXIM Thailand would like to announce the appointment of Dr. Rak Vorrakitpokatorn as President, effective from April 1, 2021
Publications
27/04/2021

April BUlletin: A cross-roads for Africa's post-COVID recovery?

Which approaches can best build upon the opportunities presented by growing intra-regional trade, and investment in sustainable infrastructure?
Member News
15/04/2021

Signe Rähesoo appointed CEO of AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus

The Supervisory Board of AS KredEx Krediidikindlustus has appointed Signe Rähesoo, who has long-term experience in the financial sector, as the Chairman of the ...
Publications
23/03/2021

March BUlletin: Navigating the brave new world of trade

How can we maintain supply of finance, in the face of growing demand and irregular patterns of risk?
Secretariat Update
17/03/2021

Didem Bayseferogullari joins the Berne Union as Committee Manager responsible for the ECA Committee

Didem joined the Berne Union Secretariat in March 2021 with the primary responsibility for managing the ECA Committee.
Publications
25/02/2021

Business Confidence Index Q1.21 Published

A new quarterly report tracking perceived demand, risk appetite, and claims in the export credit insurance industry
Press Release
25/02/2021

Insurers are carefully balancing their risk appetite against a backdrop of uncertainty, increasing demand and anticipated rise in claims

Results from the Q1 2021 Berne Union Business Confidence Survey indicate that demand for export credit insurance continues to increase through the first quarter...
Member News
05/02/2021

James C. Cruse Authorized as Acting EXIM First Vice President and Vice Chairman

EXIM Senior Vice President of Policy Analysis and International Relations James C. Cruse Authorized as Acting EXIM First Vice President and Vice Chairman, Term ...
Publications
02/02/2021

How credit insurance supports the real economy

The Berne Union has published an informational report illustrating the purpose, function and effective impact of credit insurance delivering economic developmen...
Publications
27/11/2020

Berne Union 2020 Yearbook Published

We mark the year of ‘COVID’ and coalescence of mega trends in trade, risk, sustainability, public policy and technology with an examination of the disruption an...
Outreach
12/11/2020

What does the post-COVID landscape for finance of trade and economic development look like?

The Berne Union's Capacity Sharing Marketplace brings together ECAs, DFIs, MDBs and private sector finance/insurance to explore how the marketplace is adjusting
Secretariat Update
09/11/2020

Jonathan Skovbro Steenberg joins the Secretariat as Economic Research Analyst

Jonathan joined the Secretariat in November 2020 with the primary responsibility to produce research-based industry output for members and other stakeholders. H...
Press Release
23/10/2020

Credit insurers prepare for increases in COVID-related claims in early 2021 during AGM Stocktake

Oct 2020 Press Release: AGM Industry Stocktake / SACE's Michal Ron Elected President / New Structure for Berne Union Committees
Member News
23/10/2020

Appointment of New Elected Officials including Michal Ron (SACE) as President

Members of the Berne Union voted to appoint new elected officials, including Michal Ron (SACE) as the new President and Christina Westholm-Schroder (SOVEREIGN) ...
Secretariat Update
23/10/2020

New Commitee Structure better aligns the Berne Union with market reality

Members of the Berne Union have voted to adjust the structure of its Committees to better facilitate the de facto engagement between members, reflective of unde...
Job Vacancy
18/09/2020

Job Vacancy: Commitee Manager / Associate Director (investment and mlt credit insurance focus)

A position has opened to join the Secretariat Team as Committee Manager / Associate Director with a focus on investment insurance, PRI and export credit - apply...
Secretariat Update
17/09/2020

Aman Union Industry Awards - call for nominations

the AU is accepting submissions from all industry professionals for an award recognising an exceptional piece of research. Submission deadline is 31st October
Press Release
15/09/2020

2020 H1 Data: No increase in claims paid but contraction in new commitments

September 2020 Press Release presents a preliminary report on the business activity of Berne Union Members in the first half of 2020 and indicates that the expe...
Publications
11/09/2020

Just Published 2019 Industry Data Review provides a valuable pre-COVID benchmark

Berne Union Members provided USD 2.4 tn of cover in direct support of export credit and foreign investments in 2019, and paid out USD 6.2 bn - download the repo...
Job Vacancy
23/06/2020

Job Vacancy: Economic Research Analyst

Applications are invited for the position of Economic Research Analyst with the Berne Union Secretariat, based in London
Member News
23/06/2020

Berne Union Insurers join World Bank to help small businesses in poorer nations

AXA XL and Liberty are among a group of 6 private insurers joining the scheme will provide up to $5bn in loans to help enterprises hit by coronavirus
Secretariat Update
05/06/2020

Webinar: Sovereign Debt and Default in Africa

Webinar panel discussion reviewing the economic outlook for Africa, debt sustainability and how investors can prepare for an mitigate emerging risks
Secretariat Update
12/05/2020

Spring Webinars: Global Economic Challenges and the Industry Response to COVID-19

This week the Berne Union is hosting a series of webinars for Members, addressing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on trade, the economy, and the future of o...
Publications
21/04/2020

Robust response to the COVID-19 pandemic from the export credit insurance industry

All sides of the market have acted swiftly in response to the crisis, introducing measures to combat the negative economic impact of the pandemic by supporting ...
Secretariat Update
18/04/2020

Joint industry letter to European Policymakers to highlight the value of credit insurance facilitating bank lending

The Berne Union has co-signed a letter to European policymakers, along with 5 other trade finance and insurance associations, highlighting the complementary fun...
Member News
27/02/2020

Job Advertisement: EXPORT Egypt CEO

Export Egypt is seeking applicants to fill the position of CEO for the new Egyptian ECA
Outreach
11/02/2020

IfTI Global Symposium 2020: Fostering Economic Development in a World of Change

Berne Union President Beatriz Reguero will present the welcome address to a cross-industry gathering of public and private institutions at the 2020 IfTI Global ...
Member News
07/02/2020

COFACE SA: Agreement to acquire GIEK Kredittforsikring

COFACE SA announces that it has signed an agreement with the Norwegian ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries regarding the acquisition of GIEK Kredittforsik...
Member News
24/01/2020

Leaders of the 'RCG' (Asian ECAs) Address Development of the Energy Sector through Cooperative Initiatives

11th annual CEO Meeting of the Asian Export Credit Agencies took place on 14-16 January, hosted by NEXI in Tokyo
Member News
16/01/2020

Chubb takes stake in ATI to boost African trade

Chubb is first global property and casualty insurer to invest in Africa's leading multilateral political risk and credit insurance agency
Publications
09/01/2020

January BUlletin: Mega Trends and Trade

Exploring the macro forces impacting trade, 2019 H1 Industry Data Snapshot + Analysis of the Economic Outlook for 2020
Publications
04/11/2019

Berne Union Yearbook 2019

On the 85th anniversary of the Berne Union, our yearbook collects insights and analysis from industry leaders on the state of the export credit and investment i...
Press Release
23/10/2019

PRESS RELEASE: A Challenging environment for trade in the first half of 2019

Insurers reported a declining volume of new commitments alongside a 21% increase in claims paid, citing uncertainty fuelled by increasingly negative trade polic...
MC Announcement
04/10/2019

New Vice President Elected

Christina Westholm-Schröder, Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriter, at Sovereign Risk Insurance has been elected as the new Vice President of the Berne Unio...
Publications
17/09/2019

September BUlletin: Trade in Flux

Latest edition of the Berne Union newsletter with perspectives on international trade, finance and investment from the export credit and political risk insuranc...
Outreach
29/08/2019

Berne Union to Host Capacity Sharing Marketplace in India

This will be a joint workshop for export credit and development institutions, focusing on innovation in Climate Finance, Blended Finance and Infrastructure
Publications
31/07/2019

July BUlletin Released

This edition examines how current trends may influence the future of our industry over the coming decade - featuring the winning essay from the Berne Union's "E...
Secretariat Update
30/07/2019

BU Education Scholarship Awarded to Shelley Schad, AXA XL

The scholarship provides for a fee waiver to join the October 2019 intake of Offenburg University’s Postgraduate course in Finance, Risk and Insurance
Secretariat Update
13/06/2019

Distance Learning in Finance, Risk and Insurance

The Berne Union has Partnered with Offenburg University to provide special access for members undertaking its PG Certificate in Finance, Risk and Insurance
Outreach
05/06/2019

Central Bank of Egypt looking for potential Business Advisors

Central Bank of Egypt request
Outreach
24/05/2019

May BUlletin Released

Addressing the evolving role of international financial institutions in generating sufficient risk capital for development projects and in particular investment...
Member News
23/05/2019

The Berne Union response to the European Banking Authority (EBA)

European Banking Authority (EBA) publishes a consultation paper
Member News
21/05/2019

Increasing MLT outward reinsurance from ECAs placed with the private market

An increasing amount of ECA exposure is being reinsured by the private insurance market, reflecting both the increasing capacity and appetite of private insurer...
Secretariat Update
15/05/2019

RFP: Consultant Report on Best Practice, Role, Structure and Operations of State-Funded ECAs

Commissioned by the German Governmental Development Agency and European Commission, with respect to expansion of Greek export base capacity and skills

Upcoming meetings

ST Committee Webinar

06 Oct 2021
Online/Shindig
Webinar for the ST Committee members week before the 2021 AGM

Annual General Meeting Budapest 2021

11-15 Oct 2021
Budapest, Hungary
The 2021 AGM will take place from 11-15 October, in Budapest Hungary

Project Finance Webinar Series

Oct 2021
Online / Shindig
A series of online webinars beginning Autumn 2021, exploring current trends in project finance activity: deal ...

Sovereign debt restructuring. Future sustainable investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.

04 Nov 2021
Shindig Webinar
Webinar with members sharing their experiences in Sub-Saharan Africa

Prague Club Biennial Specialist Meeting - Dubai

Feb 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
We aim to hold an in-person meeting of the Prague Club Committee in Dubai, in early February 2022, hosted by E...