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Thursday, September 8, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Aneta Spilman
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Contact: Aneta Spilman, CAE
ICTF President

Baltimore, MD – The Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) announces "the global credit event of the year”, ICTF’s Annual Global Trade Symposium held November 6-8, 2011 at The Biltmore Coral Gables – Miami, FL, covering the most important cutting-edge hot topics of the day and providing an unparalleled forum for the exchange of ideas and best practice trends in the field of global credit.

ICTF’s Symposiums are recognized for attracting some of the most sophisticated international credit and trade finance professionals – both experienced and novice individuals seeking unmatched expertise and powerful connections through world-class educational and networking events. "The educational content and intellectual capacity contained within ICTF is astounding and surpasses any of the groups I have attended in the past,” confirms Scott Pales, ICTF member and 2011 Symposium attendee.

Launching this leading global business event is keynote speaker, Dinesh D’Souza, who is listed by the World Affairs Council as "one of the nation’s 500 leading authorities on international issues”. D’Souza will address the pressing issue of America and Its Place in the Global Economy – Why America is Loved, Why America is Hated.

Also on the program are renowned credit industry favorites, Dr. Hans Belcsák, president of S.J. Rundt & Associates and Dan North, top economist and vice president of risk at Euler Hermes ACI. This dynamic pair will provide an enlightening update on the global recovery and an outlook for 2012 during the ICTF Worldwide Risk Tour.

The ICTF Best Practices Forum:  Trends in Global Liquidity Management – Best-in-Class Global Credit, Collections and A/R Improvement Initiatives, led by top international credit management pros, will identify actionable and innovative strategies for maximum effect from a credit risk management, DSO, and liquidity standpoint.  The recent "global dash for cash” and how companies are successfully using process improvements and automation to manage customer portfolios will also be discussed.

Following the networking luncheon is a concurrent session, Effective Collection Techniques to Improve Accounts Receivable, where attendees learn how to master the three phases of a collection call, handle excuses, write effective collection communications, develop effective negotiation techniques and work together with the sales department; and Innovations in Global Trade Finance – What the Credit Manager Needs to Know about the latest trends in global supply chain and export trade finance, including resourceful A/R purchase and EAC programs, as well as other available structures to help professionals mitigate risks, speed up cash flow, and free up working capital.  

Additionally, Improving Credit Procedures and Accounts Receivable Collections in Latin America: Focus on Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela (CADIVI), plus all others will leave professionals with practical tips for selling on open account, getting paid on time, enhancing their position as trade creditors and assessing customers’ financial positions to guarantee a strong, swift and successful collection case, in the event of a buyer default.

The conference concludes with The ICTF 360° Country Roundtable – Global Expertise Exchange Forum: Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America – an innovative open discussion session that enables industry peers to freely exchange global expertise and experiences on country and credit specific topics in order to overcome cross-border challenges and benchmark their performance.

ICTF’s 2011 Global Trade Symposium is supported by ICTF’s annual sponsoring partners: International Risk Consultants, Inc./ICBA, Smyyth, Atradius, Citibank, Euler Hermes ACI, Aon, Coface, Creditreform, Fifth Third Bank, Graydon, and PNC; and symposium sponsors: ABC Amega Inc., IAB Solutions LLC., Quality Letters of Credit Inc., and The Royal Bank of Scotland.

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