JBIC Holds High-level Workshop on International Finance for Regional Financial Institutions


A scene from the seminar
Opening Address by Akira Kondoh, Governor of JBIC

On April 12, 2017, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation ("JBIC") held the "High-level Workshop on International Finance for Regional Financial Institutions" in Otemachi, Tokyo, with the cooperation of Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, Inc., inviting executive managers of regional financial institutions. The Workshop was held with the aim of serving as a venue for an exchange of views to further enhance cooperative relationships between regional financial institutions and JBIC in terms of supporting overseas business development by mid-tier enterprises and small- and medium-sized enterprises ("SME"). A total of approximately 100 audience members including presidents and executive officers from over 60 regional financial institutions and Japanese branches of overseas banks participated.

In his opening address, Akira Kondoh, Governor of JBIC, expressed his expectation that the Workshop would be meaningful in fostering closer ties between regional financial institutions and JBIC so as to allow them to jointly support the overseas business development of mid-tier enterprises and SMEs, which is expected to become more important in the future, not only in the manufacturing industry but also in overseas growth fields such as infrastructure, medical care and agriculture.

In the Workshop, JBIC explained its efforts for supporting mid-tier enterprises and SMEs in general as well as the securitization of loans. Furthermore, Mr. Toshihide Endo, Director-General of the Supervisory Bureau, Financial Services Agency, made a speech on the "Roles of Regional Financial Institutions in Terms of Supporting Mid-tier Enterprises and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises in Overseas Business Development," followed by a speech made by Mr. Kazuo Kubota, Executive Officer, The Bank of Yokohama, Ltd., titled "Measures of The Bank of Yokohama for Supporting Overseas Business Development," and another speech made by Dr. Shinobu Nakagawa, Deputy Director-General, Financial System and Bank Examination Department, Bank of Japan, titled "Trend of Management in European Banks under the Negative Interest Rates."

Those who attended the workshop from regional financial institutions gave us their opinions and comments as follows: "Our customers' need for support on their overseas business, mainly in China, has been increasing year by year. We would like to provide support in cooperation with JBIC because it is difficult for a single regional financial institution to provide the support our customers request," and "We appreciate this opportunity to gain a valuable insight through learning other regional banks' efforts."

JBIC will continue to implement measures to positively contribute to overseas business development by mid-tier enterprises and SMEs not only through financial support but also by holding seminars and providing information on overseas investments.

Seminar Program:

Opening Address: Akira Kondoh, Governor, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
"Measures for Supporting Mid-tier Enterprises and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises by Japan Bank for International Cooperation"
Speaker: Shigeki Kimura, Managing Executive Officer, Global Head of Industry Finance Group, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
"Roles of Regional Financial Institutions in Terms of Supporting Mid-tier Enterprises and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises in Overseas Business Development"
Speaker: Mr. Toshihide Endo, Director-General of the Supervisory Bureau, Financial Services Agency
"Measures of The Bank of Yokohama for Supporting Overseas Business Development"
Speaker: Mr. Kazuo Kubota, Executive Officer in charge of Corporate Clients Division, Deputy General Manager, Corporate Headquarters, The Bank of Yokohama, Ltd.
"Trend of Management in European Banks under the Negative Interest Rates"
Speaker: Dr. Shinobu Nakagawa, Deputy Director-General, Financial System and Bank Examination Department, Bank of Japan
"Measures of Japan Bank for International Cooperation for Securitization of Loans"
Speaker: Kazuhisa Yumikura, Director General, Policy and Strategy Office for Financial Operations, Japan Bank for International Cooperation
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