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15 - 16 maj 2024


08:30 - 17:00


250.00 €

Media partner Polish Trade Finance Symposium 2024



MERGE is delighted to present the inaugural “Polish Trade Finance Symposium 2024”, which forms part of a new series of ground-breaking events across the region. This two-day in-person gathering will bring together the industry’s brightest minds from the CEE and beyond, to discuss the latest trends and critical market insights.

Held in Warsaw, Poland, this is not your standard industry conference. There will be rapid-fire fintech showcases, candid corporate discussions, expert explainer sessions covering essential topics in just 15 minutes, and lively panel debates – with plenty of opinions on offer.

The symposium will also call on local figureheads to deliver a well-rounded outlook on the region’s economic growth, trade concerns, and priorities for the future, including ongoing concerns such as interoperability and developments such as artificial intelligence.

Join us to take advantage of these insights – while also meeting with senior C-suite figures from top financial institutions, importers, exporters, manufacturers, insurers, law firms, brokers, consultants and regulators, who are involved in the movement of international trade.

There will be extensive networking opportunities throughout the event. By connecting and supporting industry participants, MERGE will assist all parties involved in global trade – whether they be CEE banks, fintechs, corporates, consultants, or regulators – to forge a brighter future through effective collaboration.

Ticket 0 – 999 EUR


Day One

8.30 - 10.00
Registration starts / Coffee Networking
10.00 - 10.20
Poland’s Pivotal Role as a Trading Nation
Over one-third of economic activity in Poland depends on
international trade. Foreign-owned firms play a significant
role in driving exports. But how have recent geopolitical
shifts impacted Poland’s place on the global stage and
reshaped the country’s major trade relationships?
10.20 - 10.40
Spotlight on the Polish Economy, Energy, and Trade
How are challenges such as elevated inflationary pressures,
price and wage spirals, regulation, and slow progress in
energy transition impacting Poland’s future as a key
destination for supply chain re-shoring? And what does the
future hold for the country in terms of international trade?
10.40 - 11.25
Tech Focus: From Digital Trade Documents to the Dawn of the Robots
With the advent of the UK’s Electronic Trade Documents Act
and the growth of MLETR, how ready is Poland to embrace
digital trade and supply chain documentation? What do
industry participants need to do to foster digital adoption?
How much progress has been made with blockchain? And
how will developments such as Artificial Intelligence reshape
the future of trade?
11.25 - 12.10
Zabka Supports SME Suppliers
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(EBRD) has launched a Supply Chain Solutions Framework
(SCSF), aimed at providing more affordable financing to
suppliers) of large creditworthy businesses. In the first
project under the new framework, the EBRD and Santander
are supporting the supply chain operations of Zabka,
enabling its suppliers to receive early payment on the goods
and services they provide.
12.10 - 13.30
Lunch and Networking
13.30 - 14.15
Making the Most of Buyer and Supplier- Led Supply Chain Solutions
What are the major considerations when choosing between
factoring and securitisation? What are the pitfalls to avoid?
And how can buyer-led SCF programmes be rolled out to
reach deep tier suppliers, not just the elite? This session
delves into best practices on all common forms of supply
chain financing.
14.15 - 15.00
Sustainable Change: Embracing ESG and DEI in Trade and Supply Chain Finance
How can carbon reduction efforts built into trade finance
and SCF Are there ways to better support diversity within
trading relationships? This session explores the possibilities
of green guarantees, letters of credit and stand-by letters of
credit as well as sustainable SCF programmes. It also
examines the challenges of greenwashing.
15.00 - 15.45
Fintech Showcases
Here, 3 FinTechs will each have 10 minutes to present their
offering – with 5 minutes for questions from the audience.
These rapid discovery sessions enable the audience to
explore trade and supply chain finance solutions beyond the
banking sphere.
15.45 - 16.15
Coffee and networking break
16.15 - 17.00
Keeping Trade Data Safe
Trade-related fraud is on the up. And with global trade
relying more heavily on digital transactions, safeguarding
sensitive information has never been more crucial. This
session delves into emerging cybersecurity risks, the
importance of international collaboration, and the evolving
regulatory landscape, while emphasising proactive risk
management and the integration of advanced encryption
Networking Drinks Reception

Day Two

10.00 - 10.45
How CDBCs Might Change International Trade
Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) have the potential
to revolutionize international trade. By providing a digital,
borderless form of central bank-backed currency, CBDCs
can streamline cross-border transactions, reducing time
and costs. They can enhance transparency, reduce
exchange rate risks, and eliminate intermediary fees. The
instant settlement capabilities of CBDCs can improve
liquidity for businesses, allowing for faster trade operations.
Moreover, with standardised regulatory compliance and
enhanced security features, CBDCs can mitigate fraud and
money laundering risks. But is the world ready for them?
10.45 - 11.10
Overcoming Vessel Compliance Challenges
Financial institutions active in the trade finance space are
increasingly expected to combat sanctions breaches and
financial crime compliance by monitoring suspicious vessel
behaviour. Tracking technologies, coupled with APIs and
smart analytics, can make all the difference in this fight.
11.10 - 11.40
Coffee and Networking Break
11.40 - 12.10
Trade Credit Insurance Innovations
From embedding insurance into supply chain financing
solutions to new digital platforms, and the influence of ESG
metrics on risk assessments, there is a lot happening in the
world of credit insurance. This session provides a
whistlestop tour of all the latest trends.
12.10 - 12.35
A Bright Future for Factoring
While factoring may be a tried and tested way for
companies to unlock the value from their invoices without
taking on additional debt, the profession is constantly
innovating. From increasingly digital workflows to the
integratios of ESG into factoring processes, this session
looks at all the latest trends. It also covers the fundamentals,
such as choosing factoring with or without recourse, and the
benefits of factoring versus other working capital solutions.
12.35 - 13.20
Achieving Interoperability: Where Next?
Trade interoperability depends on everything from
electronic trade documents to DLT, regulation,
standardisation and APIs, as well as developments such as
IoT. But while these advancements collectively foster
efficiency, global co-operation and collaboration is also
needed. How can we work towards this nirvana?
13.20 - 13.25
Closing Remarks
13.25 - 14.30
Lunch and Networking