Invoice financing and payments company Crowdz will introduce fraud-detection application Invoice Check by Trade Finance Market (TFM) to reduce double-financing as small businesses flock to financial platforms to ease the COVID-19 cashflow crunch.
AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX) announced today that it will introduce Warehouse Receipt Check by Trade Finance Market (TFM) to reduce fraud and drive access to funding for the agricultural sector in Nigeria. The inability of smallholder farmers to access finance has had a devastating impact on the growth of Africa’s agriculture sector – worsened by the global pandemic.
As Nigeria’s first private sector commodities exchange, AFEX has developed and deployed a viable commodities exchange model for the West African market; building a strong supply chain infrastructure to support the securitization of agricultural products. AFEX’s Warehouse Receipts System (e-WRS) also allows farmers access credit facilities on the back of the value of their produce, giving them a path to reduce poverty. Since its inception in 2014, AFEX has reached and enhanced the livelihoods of over 106,000 farmers and aggregated over 135,000 metric tons of commodities.
By utilizing TFM’s blockchain application to reduce risk, funders are given added assurance that the transaction has been de-risked and the risk of fraud reduced. As each warehouse receipt is encrypted and stored on the blockchain, funders are able to check if a receipt has previously been financed – avoiding a problem which has globally cost the industry over $1 trillion.
CEO of AFEX, Ayodeji Balogun said “AFEX is constantly exploring innovative risk management structures for the agriculture sector in line with our focus on unlocking finance for the sector. This partnership with Trade Finance Market will enable us layer on its Warehouse Receipt Check on our existing technology stack to streamline the process of financing agriculture to smallholder farmers and other players in the commodities markets through blockchain.”
Executive Director of Trade Finance Market, Raj Uttamchandani sees this blockchain collaboration with AFEX as a game changer for the African continent – akin to the way mobile phone technology leap frogged landlines.
“We are very proud to work with AFEX to introduce cutting edge technology which removes obstacles for smallholder farmers in obtaining finance quickly. Warehouse Receipt Check provides a solution which utilizes blockchain in a way that has never been done before - providing funders with security and ensuring liquidity flows to the agricultural sector - the backbone of the economy - thereby protecting countless jobs and livelihoods,” he said.
"Using the Blockchain as the central component of the system provided the mechanism to enable uniqueness and single source of truth about the state of a Warehouse Receipt", added Brad Lucas, TFM's CTO.
Beyond a technology partnership, TFM also aims to provide selected transaction funding on the AFEX platform. The gains in liberating farmers from inefficiencies in existing financing systems is the biggest case for this partnership, which will empower smallholder farmers and lead to marked changes in trading and financing commodities.
TFM's CTO, Brad Lucas, was invited to demo Warehouse Receipt Check - our blockchain application to reduce commodities finance fraud.
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Former president of FIMBank and Chairman of International Factors Group (IFG), Margrith Lutschg Emmenegger, has joined Singapore based Trade Finance Market, a fintech pioneer utilising technology to provide an alternative source of impact capital for emerging market cross border trade.
Margrith has extensive trade finance experience with Barclays Bank and then as Global Factoring Head for West LB. She was also the founding Chairman of the Association of Forfaiters in the Americas and set up London Forfaiting.More info
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It was great to participate in a lively panel discusion on harnessing digital innovation to unlock West Africa’s value-add future - and demonstrate how Invoice Check can contribute to this. Thanks to our friends at GTR / GTR Ventures and our fellow panelists.
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We are delighted to announce our partnership with Incomlend - who will use our blockchain application, Invoice Check, to reduce invoice finance fraud.
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Thank you to BCR for inviting our Director of Legal Affairs, Satish Uttamchandani, to speak on Supply Chain Finance 2020 and debate the future of trade finance.
Thank you to the IFC for inviting our Executive Director, Raj Uttamchandani, to demonstrate our DLT applications Collateral Check and Collateal Trust to derisk warehouse receipt finance and collateral management.
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For the first time, banks and factoring companies will be able to derisk invoice and receivable finance transactions, reducing compliance costs and providing SMEs with lower finance rates.
Trade Finance Market (TFM) has launched InvoiceCheck, enabling any bank or factoring to quickly and easily check if an invoice is potentially being double financed.
Invoice finance fraud is a huge problem because a financier has no way of knowing if an invoice is fraudulent or has already been financed by another funder. When a default occurs, there may be several funders who all think they own the invoice or receivable. This problem is magnified in cross border transactions, especially when only paper invoices are used and in markets where there is no central registry on which to register a charge.
InvoiceCheck is quick, easy - and free to use. A bank or factoring company simply enters basic invoice parameters to perform an initial check - in less than 30 seconds. Using blockchain technology, InvoiceCheck keeps transaction data anonymous whilst also providing information on whether an invoice is potentially fraudulent or being double financed. A key difference with InvoiceCheck is that it does not rely on a central registry – using instead the power of a decentralized blockchain. Data is protected from potential competitors and is tamper resistant once on the blockchain.
London School of Economics alumnus and TFM Executive Director, Raj. Uttamchandani, explains that the tool was born out of his own frustrations in trade finance.
“The inability to validate invoices provides yet another obstacle for SMEs in obtaining finance. Combined with the high compliance costs and fines, traditional players are also currently unable to finance SMEs in a cost effective manner, which causes unnecessary obstacles for exporters and slows growth. With InvoiceCheck, we fill this gap by utilizing the blockchain in a way that has never been done before.”
For the first time, banks and factoring companies can all be easily linked for mutual benefit - without fear of giving the data to a competitor with vested interests.
InvoiceCheck has received a huge amount of interest and TFM is working with banks, factoring industry organizations and regulators to promote it's use – with the ultimate goal of eradicating fraud and providing liquidity to SMEs at reasonable rates.
Unlike other solutions, the data on InvoiceCheck is not owned by one central entity.
“We believe InvoiceCheck is a game changer and is an example of the perfect use of a decentralized blockchain.”
The product is still in the early phases and TFM will be implementing more functionality as suggested by users.
For more information, please visit: InvoiceCheck.
To view the full press release please visit: InvoiceCheck Press Release.
Margrith Lütschg-Emmenegger is a former President of FIMBank and has worked in trade finance for most of her professional life, firstly with Barclays Bank and WestLB AG, where she developed the forfaiting and factoring products into global market leaders.
Margrith was elected as Chairman of International Factors Group (IFG) and Association of Forfaiters in the Americas, founded the International Forfaiting Association (IFA) and has served as board member of the Swiss Association of Forfaiters.
She authored “A Guide to Forfaiting” (Euromoney) and is a globally recognised speaker on the subject of trade finance.
Margrith was awarded the National Order of Merit, the highest decoration of the Republic of Malta in recognition of her 'exceptional contribution towards the development of Malta as a financial centre.
We are pleased to welcome Margrith to our advisory team.
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Trade Finance Market has signed a strategic partnership with New York based Orchard Platform.
This exciting development will enable Trade Finance Market to increase capital available for financing international trade through exposure to a diverse marketplace of funders.
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Trade Finance Market has partnered with an A+ rated insurance company to provide trade credit cover on transactions.
Our partner’s team has over 70 million clients globally and benefits from over 100 years experience in trade, using rigorous credit analysis and proven risk mitigation tools. Further support is provided through robust follow-up and collection of overdue payments.
This exciting development is unique and will enable Trade Finance Market to give greater comfort to funders looking to achieve a higher yield through financing emerging market trade.