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The London Institute of Banking & Finance launches new trade finance qualification

10 May, 2018Heather Tilston

The London Institute of Banking & Finance today announced the launch of its new international qualification in Supply Chain Finance. The Certificate In Supply Chain Finance aims to help professionals in the sector get to grips with the complexities of global supply chains, identify funding gaps and develop a broad understanding of the available finance options which are central to success in this industry.

Group-of-professionals-in-meeting-looking-at-laptopSpeaking at the ICC Academy’s 7th Supply Chain Finance Summit in Dubai May 10, Mike Backhouse, Relationship Director at The London Institute of Banking & Finance, said:

“There is a global funding gap in world  trade, estimated to be in the region of $1.6 trillion. This gap is particularly felt in the SME sector, due to a variety of reasons including compliance costs and the consequential reduction in correspondent bank relationships and financial expertise.  The increasing use of supply chain finance is helping to bridge this gap, which will help to support sustainable global growth and prosperity. The certificate in Supply Chain Finance will give professionals a thorough understanding of the standard definitions for techniques of supply chain finance; how to identify the funding gaps as a result of trade cycle analysis; understand the clients’ need; and develop the skill in structuring and implementing supply chain finance solutions.”

John Bugeja, Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network and co-author of the Supply Chain Finance qualification, said:  

“Lionel (Taylor, Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network) and I and were delighted to be involved as authors of the new Supply Chain Finance certificate. Supply Chain Finance is a misunderstood subject area so this qualification aims to support professionals to become real experts and help them to succeed in the sector. With over forty years’ experience each working in trade and supply chain and trade finance, Lionel and I believe the content of this qualification will help professionals develop a thorough understanding of the product family and ultimately support advances in global trade.”

Lionel Taylor, Managing Director of Trade Advisory Network and co-author of the Supply Chain Finance qualification, said:

“Supply Chain Finance is becoming increasingly important to SMEs and as we deal with a more global market day to day, supply chain specialists are more in demand than ever. Supply Chain Finance is offering alternative and more effective way of expanding operations internationally. This qualification ensures that executives truly understand the ins and outs of this field, and puts businesses in a strong position moving forward.”

About the Certificate in Supply Chain Finance

The wide-ranging scope of this international qualification includes:

  • Supply chain finance environment
  • Role of traditional trade finance products
  • Key components of trade cycle analysis
  • Application and implementation of supply chain finance techniques and associated legal, technological, cost and risk implications
  • Importance of innovation and strategy.

The Certificate in Supply Chain Finance is a Level 4 qualification registered with Ofqual in the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

The ICC Academy’s 7th Supply Chain Finance Summit is being held in Dubai May 9 & 10.