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DFI lending in Rwanda

Since President Paul Kagame launched his country's Vision 2020 development plan in 2000, substantial progress has been made on improving Rwanda's infrastructure.

Scaling Solar in Africa

Three years on from the launch of the International Finance Corporation's Scaling Solar scheme in Zambia, the programme is gaining traction. Four other African countries are now running procurements – and Zambia is coming back for another helping. Between them, they account for over 1.2GW of capacity.

Lebanon’s $22bn designs on PPP

Lebanon has unveiled plans for a $22 billion Infrastructure Investment Programme (IIP) to be implemented over the coming 12 years, with $6 billion of that designated as PPPs. The programme opens up opportunities for private investors to tap a market desperately in need of key infrastructure – but which has had little PPP success in the past

Çanakkale Bridge, Turkey

Turkey’s north western regions have seen a flurry of transport projects of late, with bridges – specifically the third Bosporus bridge, which opened to traffic on 26 August 2016, and the recently financed Çanakkale Bridge – the crowning glory of the programme.

Interview: Lex Greensill

Greensill Capital made its name in supply chain finance, offering receivables finance to small suppliers. Since then it has expanded its scope considerably, financing commercial aircraft deliveries for the first time this year, for example, as well as long-term infrastructure projects and even mobile phones. And it won’t be stopping there, as its CEO and founder, Lex Greensill, tells Joe Kavanagh.

Old risks, new tricks

There’s been a boom in political risk and trade credit insurance in recent years, with plenty of new entrants in the space. This has driven down premiums, but far from diluting the product offering, increased competition has also led to innovative new products, writes Marcus Alcock.

Causing ripples

SWIFT’s primacy in international payments looks solid for now, despite the entrance of an aggressive rival, says Heather McKenzie.

Kernel raises $200m PXF

Ukrainian agribusiness firm Kernel has agreed a $200 million pre-export credit facility with a syndicate of European banks.

Taped over?

Once heralded as the future of digital trade finance transactions, the Bank Payment Obligation (BPO) is now viewed with increasing scepticism. Has its time come and gone, or is there life in the BPO yet?

Imitation game

Trade Finance grabbed a few minutes with the CEO of SACE, Alessandro Decio, at the sidelines of GEF in Barcelona to hear about the ECA’s renewed underwriting efforts.

Friend or foe?

Tech firms have become much more active in trade finance in the past two years. Banks are falling over themselves to partner up with the newcomers in an effort to smooth transactions and bring down costs. But are tech firms a threat to the established players?

Roundtable: Mizuho

Mizuho recently completed the restructuring of its trade finance department. Trade Finance caught up with the bank's senior management in Singapore to find out about the changes.

Beating the growing pains

John Stillwaggon, the new CEO of DS-Concept’s USA branch, is trying to take advantage of economies of scale while keeping the firm agile.

Trade finance in Iran, one year on

Since sanctions against Iran were partially lifted, a plethora of MoU have been signed creating a bubble of expectations. But financings have remained rare, particularly those of a long-term nature.

Trump sees sense on Ex-Im

After months of speculation about President Trump’s plans for the US Export-Import Bank, it seems that things are finally moving in the right direction.

All pain – no gain

US/EU sanctions against Russia have been a disaster for the international export credit business and European trade flow. Is it time for a rethink?

CBG - no tie necessary

A combination of DFI loans and a rare untied ECA loan has enabled banks to push the limits on tenor for CBG’s Sangaredi mine expansion in Guinea

Free Making the case for emerging markets

The incentives for exporters to target emerging markets are clear. What is not clear is where to access the resources and the funding required to do so. Emma Clark, Head of Business Development, UK and Europe, Falcon Group, discusses how the solution for exporters lies in ECAs, banks and specialist financiers collaborating across the ‘new’ financial landscape

Non-stop flight to capital

With Basel IV looming in the background, growth in capital markets financing for new aircraft deliveries is taking on new urgency. And the capital markets are delivering.

Saudi Arabia to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Saudi Arabia is to become the third country to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) initiative, one of the flagship schemes of China's Belt & Road

OPIC invests in Africa and Asia off-grid solar

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) has committed $25 million in financing to the Solar Energy Transformation Fund (SETF) to assist off-grid solar developments across Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia