Building A Cadre of Competent Trade Finance Experts in Africa

Executive Certificate in International Trade Finance

About the Course

The process of globalization has enhanced trade across borders across the world. The recognition of trade finance as one of the key clusters under the African Union’s BIAT program highlights the universality of an acceptance a need for interventions to aid creation of opportunities for Africa businesses and regulators. Producers and service suppliers from African countries and emerging markets have assumed a limited role in international trade and global supply chains while intra Africa trade remains undesirably low. Opening of markets including through elimination of trade barriers have expanded the potential of scope of cross border trade.

However, capacity deficits in the area of trade finance among financial institutions, regulators, importers and exporters remains main part of the key limitations to harness benefits presented by elimination of trade barriers. Therefore, practical challenges arising from inability to provide and secure fitting trade finance solutions to enhance the movement of, and payment for goods from one country to another remains one of the greatest hurdles. In addition, importers and exporters are simultaneously subject to numerous risks related to differing legislation, customs, security, and practices in these countries.

Consequently, this trade finance course will expose participants to financing solutions that are more robust and can mitigate most of the risks associated with complex trade transactions. The four weeks multi-disciplinary e-learning course on International Trade Finance has been developed by ESAMI-trapca in cooperation with the Afreximbank to provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the different components of International Trade Finance. Successful completion of this course qualifies participants for an Executive Certificate in International Trade Finance issued by ESAMI and ESAMI-trapca. The modules in the certificate will be considered as credits in the ESAMI’s Masters degree in International Trade Finance, the very first of its kind on the African Continent.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of trade finance in intra African trade and trade with third parties
  • Explain when and how to use trade finance and its various products effectively.
  • Describe the methods of payment, their use, risks and benefits to the buyer, seller and the financier.
  • Gather information key for decision-making in a trade finance transactions.
  • Differentiate why trade finance is an alternative to balance sheet lending assessment.
  • Analyse the market trends and developments in trade finance.
  • Explain the role of banks and related financial institutions in both facilitating payments and providing funding for international trade.
  • Recognise the role of trade finance in spurring regional and continental economic integration.
  • Understand the relationship between international trade disciplines and trade finance 

Target Audience

This includes, General Practitioners working in Financial Institutions in positions such as Relationship Managers, Trade Finance and Marketing Professionals , International Division Bankers, Middle Office and Front Office Deal Structuring and Negotiating Staff, Loan Administration and Monitoring Managers, Credit and Deal Risk Analysts, Document Checkers and Supervisors, Risk Distribution Staff, Trading Company Corporate and Treasury Staff, Auditors, Central Bank Regulators, Compliance Division Staff,  Private Sector and Public Sector Practitioners involved in the buying and selling of goods, , Export and Commodity Finance Professionals, Import and Export and Trade Operations Professionals, Business Organisations and Regional Economic Communities. The target audience must have an interest in trade finance.

Course components

  • Module 1: International Trade and Trade Finance Relationship.
  • Module 2: Trade Finance Overview & Financing of International Trade.
  • Module 3: Key Trade Finance Solutions and the associated risks.

Course format

  • 4 Weeks of online learning.
  • 2 hours per day of online interactive session with course moderators.
  • Printable lessons and reference material.
  • Case Studies.
  • Weekly self-assessment questions.
  • Online tests, at least one at the end of each module.

Course Benefits

  • Saves time – Reduces time away from the job and fits training into busy work schedules
  • Take the classroom with you- Have your lessons anywhere in the world.
  • Own your progression – Assess your progress and receive immediate feedback
  • Eligibility for course credits in the Masters Degree in International Trade Finance.
  • A certificate from ESAMI, a recognized and competent institute.


This course is offered in English and ability to communicate in English is therefore key.

Dates and Venue

Dates: 6th – 31st May 2024
Global class/Online/Virtual


  • Each participant will pay tuition fees amounting to US$500 for the four weeks.
  • Discounts will be offered to 3 or more participants from same institution or those who with evidence bring 3 or more participants.

Contact us

Additional information on this e-learning course and the master’s degree programme in International Trade Finance as well as the application process can be accessed by emailing us through


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