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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai


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Government Export Credit Agency's Leadership in Belt & Road Initiative International Cooperation

Date: 18-Jun-2020
Time:: 2:00 PM (UAE Standard Time GMT +4)
Duration:: 1.5 Hour

Government Export Credit Agency's Leadership in Belt & Road Initiative International Cooperation

Creating Safety Net to Tackle Liquidity Issues and Sustain Supply

Spanning more than seventy countries and with a predicted overall cost of US$1.2-1.3 trillion by 2027, Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) requires a robust international cooperation to achieve success on such a large scale. Government Export Credit Agency (ECA) plays a critical role in successfully funding BRI projects, with other stakeholders including host government, sponsors and lenders. In the global economy recovery, infrastructure supporting economic activities and supply chains will have to be more resilient.

When countries focus on diversifying their production, supplies and markets, BRI will fill the gap in developing fundamental infrastructure to enhance manufacturing capability and sustainability. BRI is truly an international cooperation initiative for the benefits of countries along the route.

The session is promised to be an interaction with leaders in the ECA industry to learn from their vision and experience.

Opening Remarks
Mohamed Nasser Hamdan Alzaabi
Director of Trade Promotion of UAE Ministry of Economy

Strong direction and ability to lead local and international affairs that can positively impact the vision of an organization, having over 15 years of progressive experience in maintaining the Ministry’s strategic & operational plans for trade promotions, attracting and coordinating with strategic partners, leading establishment of conferences and trade fairs both locally and internationally, explore new markets for exports and promotion of UAE products and services, coordinating with UAE-trade offices and programs abroad in regards to trade promotion for the UAE’s business infrastructure. As a sound and credible leader with strong tenure and high sense of accountability, and an appointed Honorary Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for Korea, a UAE National Export Committee Member and serves as a representative of the Customer Advisory Board for Etihad Airways, leading with integrity and credibility to establish exemplary opportunities benefiting both partnerships.

Mengjia Gao
International Cooperation Manager of Etihad Credit Insurance

She drives ECI’s international cooperation strategy to expand international presence and develop business, aligned with ECI’s vision to become a global leading ECA. She is a qualified lawyer admitted in both England&Wales and China. Her expertise extends in various finance law areas, including Export Finance, Project Finance, Banking, Capital Markets and Islamic Finance. She regularly advises governments, ECAs, multilaterals, developers and financiers in navigating and executing the Belt and Road Initiatives on international infrastructure and energy projects.

Massimo Falcioni
Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Credit Insurance

Mr.Massimo Falcioni, is the CEO appointed by the Etihad Credit Insurance Board of Directors, chaired by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Minister of Finance and Deputy Ruler of Dubai, since its establishment in early 2018. Ranked 13th by Forbes Middle East in 2019 as most influential executive, leading local corporate he is a seasoned and dynamic leader in the financial services and insurance industry, with almost 30 years of solid business experience, matured in both multinationals and government companies, leading successful efforts focused on jobs creation, trade and economic development, sustained revenues and EBITA growth in both mature economies (Europe) and fast-growing markets (Middle East & Africa). The multiple times industry awarded executive, was conferred him the honor of Knight of the “Order of the Star of Italy” by the Italian President, in December 2017.

David Moleshead
Senior Counsellor of UK Export Finance (UKEF), Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan (MEAP)

David took his role as a Senior Counsellor with oversight for the origination of UK Export Finance (UKEF) opportunities in the region. He had a career of over 42 years in investment /international banking in UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East managing teams which have been market leaders. Under his leadership, UKEF has developed a reputation as one of the more agile and flexible ECAs with its involvement in capital markets, Islamic Finance and limited recourse project financing – within the Middle East region they have been active in many major real estate infrastructure, power and oil and gas financings.

Runmo Zou
Business Development Director of China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation (SINOSURE) Dubai Team

Runmo was designated as the Business Development Director of SINOSURE’s Dubai Team, responsible for project development and client relationship management. Prior to the current position, Runmo has been serving in SINOSURE’s Head Office for 8 years, including 4 years focusing on Middle East business.   SINOSURE is a policy-oriented financial institution established to support China’s foreign economy and trade, and plays an irreplaceable role in supporting the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative. As a relatively young Export Credit Agency (ECA) among others, SINOSURE has been developing rapidly since its establishment in 2001. According to the statistics of Berne Union, since ever 2015, the total insured amount of SINOSURE has been continuously ranking top among ECA members.

Maurizio d’Andria
Head of SACE Dubai Office - Middle East & North Africa, Italian Export Credit Agency (SACE)

Maurizio is Head of SACE Dubai Office - Responsible of Middle East & North Africa - since January 2019. Together with his team, he supports Italian business through the promotion of ECA services across the Region developing relations with local and international players, both public and private. Prior to moving to the UAE, Maurizio has been working at SACE Milan office for almost 10 years managing relationships with Italian top tier corporates. Maurizio gained over 35 years’ experience in corporate and investment banking both in Italy and abroad.

Catherine Dorgnac
Area Manager - Middle East, Turkey & Central Asia of Bpifrance - French Public Investment Bank

Catherine Dorgnac is head of Middle-East, Turkey & Central Asia representative at Bpifrance, the French Sovereign Wealth Fund and Export Credit Agency. She has 10 years experience in government, business diplomacy and business law. Before joining Bpifrance, Catherine was Middle East Director at MEDEF, the french business confederation. She held various expert positions in European Union agencies and in the Project Finance team of the british law firm Clifford Chance. Catherine holds a Masters in Business Law from Sciences Po Paris and a Masters in International Relations from the London School of Economics (LSE).  

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