2024 International Trade and Payments Conference



Call for Session and Speaker Proposals Now Open

We are delighted to introduce the inaugural edition of the BAFT International Trade and Payments Conference. With the increasing interplay between trade and payments, we are uniting thought leaders, trade professionals, and payments experts for an exceptional gathering from February 27 – 29, 2024 in Washington, DC. 

We are actively seeking session proposals and speakers. Be a vital part of this exciting event by sharing your insights on compelling topics, visionary initiatives, or recent industry stories. Seize this opportunity to showcase your thought leadership and share the center stage with industry leaders, innovators, and experts in international trade and cross-border payments.  

Submit your session proposals by September 29, 2023. We look forward to receiving your ideas and having you join us at the trade and payments event of the year! 


Proposal Submission Guidelines

  1. All session proposals should align with one of the main categories and themes listed below, which will be covered during the conference.
  2. Proposal submissions are limited to no more than two (2) per company/institution.
  3. Session durations should range between 15 – 40 minutes in length, depending on the format.
  4. We highly encourage thought leadership and forward-looking session proposals. Proposals with an intent or perceived intent to sell a product or service will not be accepted.
  5. We encourage a diverse group of speakers – expertise, institution/company, regional representation, gender, etc. for sessions. 
  6. The program planning committee reserves the right to make changes to accepted proposals and determine the appropriate mix of speakers for the session.
  7. If there are multiple session submissions that are suitable for the program, BAFT members and sponsors will be given priority consideration for session slots to acknowledge the participation and support of BAFT members and sponsors in the event.
  8. The conference is an in-person event. Proposed speakers must be able to travel to Washington, DC and participate in the session in person.
  9. Please note that BAFT does not pay speaker fees or associated travel expenses to the conference.
Session Categories

Choose from the following session categories/themes when submitting your proposal. Some will have additional session topics listed in the proposal form.  

General and Plenary Sessions

    • AI Ethics and Principles
    • De-Dollarization and the Emergence of BRICS  
    • Digital Currencies / CBDCs
    • Digital Identity and the Adoption of the LEI
    • Fraud and Financial Crime:  Latest Trends, New Threats, Prevention 
    • G20 Roadmap: Financial Inclusion and De-risking 
    • Macro View – economic, climate, geopolitical 
    • Sustainable Finance and ESG
    • Trade and Payments Landscape

Trade Track: Sessions focusing specifically on trade issues and topics 

    • Bank + FinTech Collaborations 
    • Basel 3.1
    • Deep Tier Financing
    • Digital / Paperless Trade
    • Tokenization in the Trade Space 
    • Supply Chain Finance 

 Payments Track: Sessions focusing specifically on payments issues and topics 

    • Development of Cross-border Payments  
    • Future of Liquidity
    • Innovation and Resiliency
    • ISO 20022  
    • Open Banking
    • Regulatory Framework  
    • Traditional and New Payments Rails 
    • What are customers looking for in a payments provider? Customer experience vs. safety – how to deliver both?




 Session proposals are due September 29. Submitters of selected proposals will be contacted by the end of November/beginning of December 2023. 

For additional inquiries, please contact [email protected] and we will get back to you shortly.


Registration Opens Soon

Registration for the 2024 International Trade and Payments Conference will open in Fall 2023. Please mark your calendars to join us in Washington, DC from February 27 – 29.

Room reservations at the discounted attendee rate for the conference will also be available in the Fall when registration opens. We encourage you to check back during that time to secure your spot at the event and book your room at the special rate.

We look forward to welcoming you to BAFT’s inaugural International Trade and Payments Conference next year in February!  



“This forum enables networking with peers at other FIs and helps keep abreast with the latest industry developments. It also helps us to understand what the tech partners are working on in the Payments space.”

Conference Attendee

New York City, New York

“Coverage of new and emerging topics tied to trade finance was interesting. The coverage of AI, fintechs, compliance, and other non-trade finance themes was worthwhile.”

Conference Attendee

Dansbury, Connecticut

“The topics were interesting and relevant, the speakers engaging and informed, and the networking aspect was beneficial.”

Conference Attendee

Los Angeles, California

“The panelists were fantastic. I brought a lot of good information back to my organization.”

Conference Attendee

Jersey City, New Jersey

“The agenda was robust and filled with topics that are critical to the emerging payments landscape. ”

Conference Attendee

Atlanta, Georgia

“This was my first time at a BAFT conference. I found the presentations to be very engaging and well-run and the networking opportunities were the right balance of fun and useful. ”

Conference Attendee

Denver, Colorado

“It was easy to connect with other attendees and speakers both in-person or virtually.”

Conference Attendee

Houston, Texas


Interested in sponsoring the 2024 BAFT International Trade and Payments Conference? We can tailor your sponsorship package to meet your goals.

To discuss your sponsorship options, please contact:

Matthew Kaitz
Director, Business Development
[email protected]
+1 (703) 200-9071