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Minnesota Trade Office 2019 June Symposium
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When: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Where: First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
DEED Conference Center
St. Paul, Minnesota  55101
United States
Contact: Nikolay Megits

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MGTA is proud to partner with the Minnesota Trade Office in presenting the 2019 June Symposium

Innovative Approach to Financing and Securing International Business Development and Trade Operations

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Minnesota Trade Office

Event Audience
For Business, For Government

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Program Description

The Minnesota Trade Office is pleased to present this educational program about the opportunities and challenges of financing and securing trade operations around the globe.

Today, many Minnesota-based businesses are actively involved in business operations. Exporting experiences higher risks than selling on the local market and requires innovative approaches in financing export operations. Financing and securing export operations present both significant challenges and opportunities for Minnesota exporters. Banks are often initially reluctant if not opposed to financing companies' exports because of the added risks. The traditional approach of an export financing technique related to industrialized countries, in many cases, do not apply to the most developing nations.

Sometimes the Export-Import Bank is not able to assist customers when exporting US-made goods. For this reason, an innovative approach to an export credit insurance arrangement would serve as additional security for the financing bank against a loss of funds if or when the exporter encounters difficulties in repaying the credit. For this reason, this forum provides a platform to discuss various credit guarantee systems and hands-on export finance practices, opportunities, and challenges in Europe, Asia, and Africa.


  • Tara Blake, Director, International Project Finance, OPIC, Washington, DC. (The Overseas Private Investment Corporation)
  • Michèle Small, Head of Washington Representative Office, EBRD, Washington, DC (The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)
  • Jeffrey Kamins, President and CEO, International, Integrated Trade Finance LLC (ITF), Omaha, NE/ Kyiv, Ukraine
  • John Crouch, Director, Global Trade & Supply Chain Solutions, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch
  • Leslie A. Bergland, Principal, Trade Acceptance Group (TAG)
  • Denis Griffin, Director, Minneapolis Regional Office, EX-IM Bank
  • Carlos Sosa, Regional Export Finance Manager, SBA

Registration Fees

  • $45 (includes light breakfast, refreshments and lunch)
  • $55 for late registrations after June 16 or walk-ins

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