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Coface announces heavyweight line-up for Global Trade Development Week

Coface Country Risk Conference at GTDW presents

leading international specialists from banking, insurance, finance

Dubai, UAE, October 18, 2015:

Massimo Falcioni

Massimo Falcioni, Head of Middle East Countries at Coface

A powerful line-up of key decision-makers and economists will gather at the 2015 Coface Country Risk Conference to discuss the global and regional economic outlook and the much needed assessment of business risks in today’s economic climate.

The Coface Country Risk Conference, to be held on October 27 at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC, will be the opener of the 6th Global Trade Development Week (GTDW) in partnership with the UAE’s Ministry of Economy.

Held under the patronage of H.E. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori, the UAE’s Minister of Economy, the Coface Country Risk Conference will be one of the key summits at GTDW, which links 1,000 corporate leaders with high-level representatives from government, industry, and international organisations. This is the third time that Coface is presenting the Country Risk Conference in Dubai.

Global economic growth is fuelled by interconnectivity, interdependence, and technological progress. Governments and corporations must confront both the challenges and the opportunities that come with this ever-changing environment. The event is a platform that features the leaders and innovators from a wide range of fields to talk about commodities, energy, currency, global trade flows, emerging markets development, policies, and global safety.

High-level speakers include Mohammed Al Kamali, Deputy CEO of Dubai Exports; Julien Marcilly, Chief Economist of Coface; Christos Adamantiadis, CEO of Oman Insurance Company, Dr Abdul Zahra Ali, CEO of National General Insurance; Massimo Falcioni, Head of Middle East Countries at Coface; Katija Haque, Head of MENA Research, Emirates NBD; Jean- Christophe Battle, Head of African Countries at Coface and Nilanjan Ray, Managing Director – Commercial Banking (Gulf) at NBAD.

Massimo Falcioni, Head of Middle East Countries at Coface, said: “We at Coface are honoured to start the Global Trade Development Week with the Country Risk Conference, which is lined up with impressive speakers from the trade and finance industries who will be able to provide decision-makers with the right knowledge and information.  Delivery of timely in-depth insights, especially in risk monitoring, is of crucial importance to all companies operating in the international trade. And we are pleased that this information will be readily available during the Coface Country Risk Conference.”

Gregory Le Henand, Country Manager for GCC Countries at Coface Emirates Services said:  “The aim of the conference is to help companies involved in international trade – whether they are CEOs, CFOs, commercial directors or credit managers- to make informed business or investment decisions. It can also help businesses refine their strategies to address promising new markets while better understanding the related risks.”

Andrew Keable, Co-CEO of KW Group, the organisers of the event, explained, “GTDW 2015 will be unprecedented in the number of high-level policymakers, traders, and financiers it brings together to

exchange information, insights, and discuss the latest trends in international trade. Coface, coming under the same roof as GTDW, is a great boost to our event.

The Coface Country Risk Conference is organised in partnership with Dubai Exports, National General Insurance, and Oman Insurance.

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