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International Trade & Forfaiting Association (ITFA)Founded in 1999, ITFA – The International Trade & Forfaiting Association (previously known as International Forfaiting Association – IFA), is the worldwide trade association for companies, financial institutions and intermediaries engaged in trade and the origination, structuring and distribution of trade debt. ITFA as an association also represents the wider trade finance syndications and secondary markets for trade assets.ITFA presently has more than 150 members, located in over 20 different countries. These are classified under a variety of business sectors, with the most predominant being the banking industry. Others include forfaiting, insurance underwriters, law firms as well as other institutions and companies having a business interest in the areas of Trade Finance and Forfaiting.
ITFA plays an important role in the generation of a safer and more efficient environment for trade finance. In the area of trade receivables, it has co-authored the Uniform Rules for Forfaiting (URF800) which is published by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) as a standard set of rules for the trade receivables market.
ITFA also holds regular training courses and workshops for which members receive a preferential attendance rate.  These sessions are held in major cities around the world and have provided an essential grounding for forfaiting techniques and practices. Moreover, within each region, members gather on a regular basis to discuss topics which preoccupy the market such as new regulations or laws, movements in the market and new business trends.
For membership benefits/fees and any further information about ITFA visit our website www.itfa.org, or send an email to info@itfa.org


Capital Intelligence (CI) is an international credit rating agency providing accurate, high-quality and forward-looking ratings to clients around the world. Our head office is in Limassol Cyprus, with offices in Hong Kong and Frankfurt and analysts located in the United Kingdom, the USA and India.Established for over 30 years, CI rates over 300 banks, corporates and bonds (including sukuk) in 37 countries. CI specialises in emerging markets, which include the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region, South East Asia and Central & Eastern Europe. CI is the largest bank rating agency in the MENA region.CI is regulated by the European Securities & Markets Authority and is accredited as an External Credit Assessment Institution by the European Banking Authority, covering approx. 8,000 financial institutions, and by almost all central banks in the Gulf Cooperation Council.We pride ourselves on providing superior customer service and have clients with whom we have had a relationship for over 25 years. A large part of the value we provide derives from our specialist focus, which enables us to provide high-quality rating reports with deep insights. The benefits of a CI rating reported by our clients include enhanced image and credibility for the institution and improved access to the interbank and capital markets.We have been working in the Central & Eastern European region since 1997. The CEE is a targeted growth area for CI and we are looking forward to further development of our business in this region in the near future.For more information visit our website www.ciratings .com  or email marketing@ciratings.com.

The Hungarian Banking Association is the professional advocacy association of the Hungarian banking sector, coordinating and representing the views of the banking community. The Association was founded in 1989 and currently it has 47 members. Its most important function is to represent the members’ interests vis-à-vis third parties.  At an international level HBA became a full member of the European Banking Federation in 2004 and has developed bilateral relations with the banking associations of several countries in order to exchange experience on a regular basis and facilitate technical training.