The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Platform for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM) along with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised a new webinar as part of the Rural and Agricultural Finance and Investment Technical Network (RAFI-TN) Webinar Series on: "Appropriate Warehousing and Collateral Management in Sub-saharn Africa" on November 18th from 3:00 pm CET to 4:30 pm CET
The webinar presented the findings of the Wareshouse Receipt financing and collateral management study recently launched by AFD, CTA and IFAD/PARM.
The study of the scope for warehouse receipt financing and collateral management in 9 subject countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Niger, Senegal and Uganda) is a the three-volume co-publication result of the joint effort of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Platfor for Agricultural Risk Management (PARM), the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
The webinar was moderated by Mr. Michael Marx, Senior Credit and Rural Finance Officer from FAO.
Ms. Philine Wehling, legal officer at the FAO and expert on legal framework for warehouse receipt financing was the discussant, while Mr. Jonathan Agwe, Senior Technical Specialist in inclusive rural financial services gave the closing remarks as IFAD’s representative for the joint work presented.
About the presenters
An economist highly experienced in the policies and practicalities of agricultural commodity markets and post-harvest systems in “southern countries”. Notably, he is one of the leading experts in warehouse receipts systems and commodity-collateralized financing, a subject on which he has researched widely, implemented projects and/or advised in many countries, in Africa, the Americas and India. He has made his findings widely available through public presentations and publications, and contributed to various important policy and practitioner forums. Until 2009, he worked for the UK Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, and since then he has been consulting for the World Bank Group, UNCTAD, Agence Française de Développement and a range of other parties.
Head of Sullivan & Worcester’s London office and also head of its Trade & Export Finance Group. He has extensive experience in banking and finance, specifically trade and structured trade and commodity finance. He also advises on corporate and international finance, asset and project finance, syndicated lending, equipment leasing and workouts and financing restructuring.
Geoff is one of the leading trade finance lawyers and has advised extensively many of the major trade finance banks, multilateral financers and companies around the world on trade and commodity transactions in virtually every emerging market including CIS, Far East, India, Africa and Latin America. He has worked on many structured trade transactions covering such diverse commodities as oil, nickel, steel, tobacco, cocoa and coffee. He has worked on warehouse financing in many jurisdictions and advised on how to structure warehouse operations and collateral management. He has also advised on ownership structures and repos for commodities and receivables financings.