Following the signing of the co-operation agreement between ARIA Commodities and the IFC [hyperlink article], members of the ARIA Capital Markets team visited Ukraine to meet key stakeholders to discuss an inaugural securitisation transaction.
ARIA has been tasked with working alongside the IFC to bring the capital markets closer to the agricultural sector, which makes up 45% of Ukraine’s exports, a number that keep growing. During the trip we met financial institutions and input suppliers, as well as having the honour to meet Roman Leshchenko, Minister for Agrarian Policy and Food. Please see the attached link for the local press article (in Ukrainian).
We were impressed by the level of knowledge, passion and risk control which translates into sensible lending and legislative policies in the agricultural sector. This, alongside the work the IFC have put into developing crop receipts as an instrument for security, will no doubt kickstart investments into the sector, bringing international investors, sustainable investments, food security and a boost to Ukraine’s economy.
ARIA will be taking the IFC team along with originators to London in December for a non-deal roadshow.