7th and 10th December 2020

How is the Marketplace Adjusting Amid the Crisis?

Practical workshop exploring how COVIDClimate and Globalisation are disrupting traditional finance structures and how public and private institutions can cooperate to tackle gaps for tradeliqudity and essential infrastructure

Understanding how international finance is changing
Developing practical opportunities for cross-sector cooperation

This workshop will explore the changing environment in which the 'marketplace' of international trade and development finance is operating.

We will discuss the response to the COVID-19 crisis from public and private sector institutions and explore together the practical implications for two specific gaps in finance of trade and economic development:

  • Domestic liquidity and trade support for SMEs
  • Financing the green transition

The background to the workshop is defined by the macro-level changes driven by COVID, climate change and globalisation, as well as the international policy-context these entail, but the focus of the discussions will be on practical opportunities for cross-sector cooperation between practitioners in:

  • Public / Private
  • Traditional / Fintech
  • Domestic / Cross-border
  • Trade / Development
  • Insurance / Finance

We will publish the final outcomes and distribute these to participants and contributors following the workshop

monday 7th December


Welcome and Opening Remarks

Berne Union President:
  • Michal Ron, President, BERNE UNION & Chief International Officer, SACE
Meeting Chairs:
  • Monika Kohútová, CEO and Chair of the Board, EXIMBANKA SR
  • Silvia Gavorníková, Head of International Relations, EXIMBANKA SR


Post-COVID Models, Mandates, Priorities
A panel of snior representatives of public and private sector trade and development finance institutions debate how the different spheres of international finance will emerge from the COVID crisis: Mandates, products, risk appetite, partnership, policy and innovation
  • Tim Adams, President and Chief Executive OfficerInternational Institute of Finance (IIF)
  • Najeeb Haider, Director General, Banking DepartmentAsian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  • DirkTerweduwe, Group CEO, CREDENDO
  • Gabriel Buck, Principal, GKB VENTURES


Financing Gaps for Trade and Development
A pair of short presentations will raise talking points for the intersessional discussions
"Financing the Green Transition"
  • Berit Lindholdt-Lauridsen, Senior Operations Officer - Climate Finance and Policy Unit, IFC
"Domestic liquidity and trade support for SMEs"
  • Sandra Peloquin, Secretary General of The Montreal Group and Head of International Relations at BDC

TUESDAY 8th / Wednesday 9th December

Participants will be assigned groups according to their background and time zone and asked to brainstorm views on topics set to compliment the discussions from Monday.

Group facilitators will organise a suitable method for the group to exchange views (email, video call etc.) and will collect feedback from their group for further discussion on 10th December.

Thursday 10th December

The full group will reconvene on Thursday for a shorter session online during whichthe group facilitators will present feedback on each discussion and compare responses across all participants.

After this, final questions, wrap up and next steps for future CSM exchanges.