Wednesday, 3 May 2017


As planned,  ITFA CEE-CIS Regional Spring Educational Event has taken place in a great location - UniCredit Bank premises at the Center of the City of Vienna and was followed by Cocktail Drinks at a traditional Wine Bar - MeinlBar. The event took place on 5th of April 2017.  

The event was a huge success and the team also had to announce, through the various ITFA platforms, that the event was oversubscribed due to the limited capacity of the venue.  

We had participants from 6 different countries: Austria, Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and China. The day started with the Chairman’s opening Speech, followed by a speech from the host bank's, Mr. Robert Fleischmann (UniCredit Austria). 

Beside the over subscription and huge interest to this year’s Spring CEE-CIS event, the panel discussion on Credit & Political Risk Insurance, was a great success and received positive feedback, where members and participants had the opportunity to interact through a discussion platform.  

The evening Program was also well participated and we believe our members had the chance to network and get to know each other better in a friendly atmosphere.

The Agenda of the Day was as follows:
  • Strong, domestic demand driven growth in CEE, weak recovery in Russia - Mr. Gergely Tardos - Chief Economist of OTP Bank Plc.;
  • Supply Chain Finance (web-based IT platform for payables and receivables) - Mr. Robert Fleischmann - UniCredit Bank Austria AG and Mr. Manfred Mayer-Hoffmann - UniCredit Bank Austria AG;
  • Credit & Political Risk Insurance: drivers behind Banks' buying behaviour in a changing regulatory environment: Ms. Silja Calac – Swiss Re Europe S.A., Mr. Huw Owen – Liberty Specialty Markets, Mr. Matthew Beckett – SMBC Europe Ltd, Mr. Andrew van den Born – Willis Towers Watson;
  • Questions & answers;
  • Closing Remarks and organizational issues (Chairperson).
The ITFA team would like to thank all those who attended and helped make this event happen.

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