International Chamber of Commerce and Finastra to bring ICC TRADECOMM marketplace pilot to Ecuador

ICC and Finastra to bring ICC TRADECOMM marketplace pilot to EcuadorThe International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Finastra announced Ecuador as the first market in which they will run the pilot for their trade funding marketplace.

The ICC TRADECOMM marketplace, powered by Finastra, aims to reduce trade finance barriers for SMEs and enable all parties to benefit from improvements in matching supply and demand, thereby decreasing the global $1.5 tn dollar trade finance gap.

“We are incredibly pleased to announce Ecuador as the first pilot market for ICC TRADECOMM. We look forward to working with our colleagues at Finastra and on the ground in Quito to provide SMEs with short-term liquidity for their trade operations. At a time when our global trade system remains fractured, it’s incumbent upon business leaders and international organizations to equip SMEs with the required solutions and funding to build back their activity to pre-pandemic levels. Given that SMEs make up 99% of Ecuador’s businesses, we believe that ICC TRADECOMM will have a transformational impact on local businesses throughout the country,” said ICC Secretary General, John W.H. Denton AO.

During the pilot, bank and non-bank financers will have the opportunity to finance local SME invoices via a risk-based approach. The focus will be on engaging with early adopters in the region to support local platform development, with the goal being to bring the solution to all SMEs and financers there.

“We are so excited to be able to support this essential initiative to help towards reducing the growing trade finance gap for SMEs in our country and around the world. Ecuador is well placed for the pilot as we have a growing economy supported by a strong SME backbone. We are already in the process of bringing important e-invoicing initiatives to our country and this will be a tremendous complementary initiative that could really make a difference,” said Carlos Zaldumbide, General Secretary of ICC Ecuador.

“We all have an obligation to redefine finance for good and to help drive global economic equality of opportunity. In orchestrating this ecosystem with the ICC, we expect to build a financing marketplace that will provide support to SMEs which desperately need access to a broader set of alternative financing resources. Ecuador is a growing, emerging market and we hope the pilot will demonstrate how we can help to facilitate significant levels of trade financing for local organizations, creating the showcase that will then allow ICC TRADECOMM to enable more markets where we could potentially facilitate billions of dollars in trade,” said Simon Paris, CEO at Finastra.

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