June 2018

Yanina Ropitska from Raiffeisen Bank Aval in Ukraine has been awarded a prize of a free delegate place to the one-week Deutsche Bank Frankfurt-based International Bankers Seminar held 23 to 28 September 2018

Deutsche Bank’s Teodora Kamdzhilova (left) presents the Deutsche Bank delegate place to Yanina Ropitska of Raiffeisen Bank Aval

Presented by Teodora Kamdzhilova from Deutsche Bank’s Trade Finance for Financial Institutions (TFFI) team in Eastern Europe on 22 March 2018, the award was part of the graduation ceremony for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) trade finance learning programme for students graduating in 2017.

Yanina was awarded one free seat on DB’s International Bankers’ Seminar based on her achievement in the EBRD’s e-learning programme, and was one of the top graduates of the 2017 EBRD e-learning class. Furthermore, Yanina is part of the Trade Finance Team of Raiffeisen Bank Aval, Ukraine that has been a longstanding partner of Deutsche Bank in terms of trade finance and cash management.

Facilitating trade

Launched jointly by the EBRD and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in May 2009 the e-learning course aims to help issuing banks involved in the EBRD’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) which aims to promote foreign trade to , and from, and among the EBRD countries of operations. It does this by providing guarantees to international confirming banks, taking the political and commercial payment risk of international trade transactions undertaken by banks in the countries of operations (the issuing banks).

Deutsche Bank is among the EBRD’s main confirming bank partners since the programme’s inception in 1999 and has processed more than €50m of trade finance volumes (including trade-related guarantees and letters of credit) under EBRD collateral in 2017 around the globe. During 2017, the total volume of trade transactions under the EBRD’s TFP exceeded €1.8bn and this development finance institution processed 1,905 transactions with the most active issuing banks being based in Greece, Serbia, Ukraine, Cyprus and Belarus.

Professional development

To date, the e-learning course accounts for almost 4,000 students from 187 banks in 36 countries.

The awards ceremony was the culmination of the Annual International Trade Finance Conference, held in Minsk Belarus, where the EBRD is supporting the Belarus Ministry of Transport and Communications with a long-term loan of up to €42.5m for the completion of the outer ring road to improve interconnections around the Belarusian capital.

“On behalf of the EBRD TFP team, I would like to thank you and all Deutsche Bank colleagues, for supporting our award-winning further education programme for trade finance specialists, “said Kamola Makhmudova, the EBRD’s Senior Banker.

The Deutsche Bank International Bankers Seminar is held each year to bring together around 30 partner bank staff members from financial institutions around the world to build and exchange experience in international trade and transaction banking services. It does this by covering the main disciplines of trade finance, such as documentary credits, supply chain management, export finance and providers a refresher on risk management, interest rate and currency management. The seminar also includes an intercultural awareness training, as well as networking events hosted by Deutsche Bank’s Global Transaction Banking (GTB) business.

Yanina is absolutely thrilled to be attending and told flow, “It was such a pleasure to have the opportunity to complete all seven modules of the e-learning programme and to be recognised as one of the top performers. With my background in trade finance and a few months of e-learning experience, I am confident that the skills I have acquired will allow me to take on new challenges and achieve more.” She added, “I am particularly keen to apply these skills to new initiatives. Also please accept my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the IBS-seminar at Deutsche Bank in Germany. It is highly motivating and inspiring. Moreover, it's a brilliant chance for me to explore my potential, and boost my knowledge.”

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