6/17: (WEDNESDAY) WITA: Examining the Government Role in Trade Finance

  • 17 Jun 2015
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Horizon Ballroom

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Examining the Government Role in Trade Finance 


With Congress debating the reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, the role of official export credit agencies (ECAs) has come under increased review. ECAs provide financing services such as guarantees, loans and insurance to support exporters in their respective country. These agencies help mitigate the risk and uncertainty of payments to exporters, promoting exports. 

 There are at least 79 ECAs around the world, and each is unique. On June 17, the Washington International Trade Association and the National Economists Club will host a briefing to discuss the increasingly active role of ECAs as well as the current debate around the U.S. Ex-Im Bank.  

 Our panel of experts will examine the role of these agencies in facilitating business with emerging markets, where credit is hard to come by or insufficient for the large-scale projects taking place, as well as the partnership between ECAs and private lenders.



 Matthew L. Ekberg
Vice President for International Policy 
Bankers Association for Finance and Trade

Gary Clyde Hufbauer
Reginald Jones Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics


Gilles Gauthier
Economic Minister
Embassy of Canada

Yasushi Sunouchi
Chief Representative in Washington DC
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)



With our Moderator


Lauren Airey 
 Director, Trade Facilitation Policy

National Association of Manufactures

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015


Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Horizon Ballroom


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About the Speakers 

Gary Clyde Hufbauer 

Gary Hufbauer, the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC., a position he held between 1992 and 1997.  Before rejoining he had worked between 1992 and 1997, he served as the Maurice R. Greenberg Chair and Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York from June 1997 until September 1998.  Mr. Hufbauer also held the post of Marcus Wallenberg Professor of International Financial Diplomacy at Georgetown University.  Gary Hufbauer holds an A.B from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in economics from King College at Cambridge University — and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.   

Matthew Ekberg

Matthew L. Ekberg serves as the Senior Director for Public Policy and International Government Affairs at BAFT-IFSA, an international financial services trade association headquartered in Washington, DC. Matthew is responsible for leading the government advocacy initiatives of the association globally. Matthew previously served as a Consultant to Blake-Turner and Co. (London). While in London, he advised on international trade, investment, competition and corporate finance matters for numerous multinational corporations based in Europe. Matthew has also served in the Majority Leader’s Office in the U.S. House of Representatives and with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). While at USTR, he assisted in policy coordination for negotiations of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) and was responsible for matters relating to World Trade Organization (WTO) compliance in Europe and Asia.