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July 2007

  • ECAs and Arms - ENAAT report now available

June 2007

  • Investigation into alleged BAE corruption continues
  • ECAs warned against support for continuing Sakhalin environmental problems
  • Spanish NGOs welcome draft legislation to deny export credit support for companies involved in foreign environmental damages
  • Dutch export credits are not a foreign policy instrument
  • NGOs demand an end to oil aid via export credit supports
  • India's ECGC lowers premia rates up to 10% to make exports more competitive
  • China's auto exports bolstered by SINOSUR credit insurance
  • Australian ECA sees Africa as a magnet
  • US think tank calls for American leadership on ECA incentives for renewable energy
  • UK ends plans to establish ECGD as a trading fund
  • NGOs criticize OECD approval of weak environmental standards for export credits

May 2007

  • Export credits for Turkey's Ilisu dam generate official and citizen protests
  • UK commentary: Is the OECD outmoded?
  • China Export Import Bank releases environmental standards document
  • U.S. and Chinese ECAs sign memorandum of understanding
  • World Bank and China agree to cooperate in Africa
  • Controversy continues over UK violation of OECD bribery convention
  • Brazilian export credits up 45%
  • European export credits to Iran continue to generate U.S. criticism
  • New OECD environmental standards for export credits still not public

April 2007

  • The Ilisu Dam: Downstream water impacts on Iraq are adverse and serious
  • BAE/ECGD corruption scandal expands to include OECD
  • ECGD's first civil deal in Saudi Arabia - $5 billion Yansab petrochemical project
  • India's Exim Bank's credit commitments hit $2.30 bn
  • New trends in trade Finance: It’s a Buyer’s Market for Export Credit Insurance
  • Conservatives press EU to suspend export credits to Iran
  • Chinese export credit agencies expand relations with western ECAs
  • OECD approves weakened environmental and social standards for ECAs

March 2007

  • OECD to conduct a further examination of UK efforts against bribery
  • Germany approves Ilisu dam export credit guarantees in stunning hypocritical move
  • Is US Ex-Im Bank promotion of Nigeria exports a free rider threatening more debt?
  • US NGOs challenge Ex-Im Bank to implement environmental provisions
  • Challenged by Trade Partners, China Ends Export Credit Subsidy
  • Japan publishes Category A, B and C projects list to 12 March 2007
  • Mozambique, China Ex-Im Bank in Talks on Hydro-Power Project

February 2007

  • CVRD Inco Goro nickel project faces continuing opposition
  • Export Credit Agency Left Out of Bush Budget
  • ECAs and Arms Exports
  • OPIC admits monitoring of BP pipeline project is inadequate
  • Controversial Turkish dam projects seem prepared to move ahead with ECA support
  • Assassination attempt at Chinese Ex-Im Bank supported Merowe dam project
  • G7 criticized over illegitimate debt which is largely ECA related
  • OECD meetings update
  • Korean, Spanish and Italian ECAs work together
  • U.S. urges Europe to reduce export credits to Iran
  • Uruguayan pulp mills get ECA support

January 2007

  • OECD releases 2005 ECA statistics (PDF)
  • ECGD arms bribery scandal receives extensive news coverage
  • German, Austrian and Swiss ECAs refuse to release Ilisu conditions
  • Coface outlines Yusufeli conditions
  • AFRODAD ECA debt workshop report now available (PDF)
  • Canada's diplomats pressure foreign governments re EDC debts
  • Tanzanian tycoons divulge secret ECA supported arms deal payout
  • Japanese ECA to finance US nuclear power plants
  • Ratings put Coface as highest rated credit insurer
  • Canada launches WTO challenge to US export credit subsidies for corn
  • US Congress moves to force "Bank of Boeing" to support small exporters
  • Korean ECA to provide US$93 Billion in export insurance in 2007

December 2006

  • ECGD related fraud investigation closed in the UK
  • OECD ECAs renege on agreement to promote OECD MNC Guidelines
  • Switzerland and Germany agree to guarantees for controversial Ilisu Dam project
  • Record levels of business for export credit agencies in 2005
  • Exxon, Recipient of Worst EU Lobbying Award, receives Billions in ECA subsidies
  • IRN presents ECAs and the Environment paper to China Ex-Im President
  • Chinese ECAs and the Environment
  • Zambia copper mine secures $583,8m loan
  • Ence Finds New Site for Proposed ECA financed Uruguay Pulp Mill
  • US Congress bolsters export credit agency's small business efforts
  • Halifax Initiative Canadian Mining Map Poster Highlights Destructive Mines

November 2006

  • Belgian ECA concerned about reputational risk over Sakhalin II cover
  • Norway makes ground-breaking decision to cancel illegitimate ECA debt
  • Flying Low: The UK Export Credit Guarantee Department and Climate Change
  • OECD’s Gurría welcomes Stern Review into consequences of climate change
  • OECD negotiations on export credit environment standards break down
  • Russia wants to help Indonesia build first nuclear power plant
  • Russia says damages in Shell Sakhalin II project could amount to US$15 billion
  • In the light of the recent Stern report, can carbon offsetting really work?
  • International Rivers Network action guide for communities affected by dams
  • French court stops Goro Nickel construction

October 2006

  • OECD Export Credit Updates
  • Ilisu Dam update
  • Yusufeli Dam going ahead?
  • Belgian ECA's private insurance subsidiary questioned in European Parliament
  • Vietnam and Philippine Airlines expand fleets with ECA support
  • Russian arms exports and export credits
  • Chinese export credits and environmental impacts
  • African Trade Insurance Agency
  • AFRODAD workshop on ECAs and African debt in Cameroon
  • Rheebu Nuu files injunction in Paris to halt Goro Nickel construction
  • ECAs fund coal fired power in Botswana / South Africa
  • European Commission investigates French nuclear export credits

September 2006

  • ENCE announces withdrawal from ECA supported papermill investment in Uruguay
  • Armaris bids for four Bulgarian corvettes with Coface support
  • Flawed OECD reporting and analysis of HIPC transactions
  • Ex-Im increases subsidies for large aircraft
  • G7 to discourage China from expensive export debt
  • Swedish Export Credit Corp. sells $1 billion in five-year global notes
  • EBRD urged by WWF to not fund controversial Sakhalin project
  • Armenians welcome US Senate move to block Ex-Im subsidy for railroad bypass
  • Three European ECAs set to support Ilisu dam despite obvious failure to meet standards

August 2006

  • OECD Common Approaches Review Update
  • Atradius signs consulting agreement with Chinese ECA
  • Russia repays US$22 billion in ECA debt
  • New sensitive Category A projects announced by ECAs
  • Moscow puts legal pressure on Shell to halt Sakhalin pipeline
  • Turkish dam controversy tests government
  • Swedish SEK Lending is Reaching New Records
  • UK Serious Fraud Office investigates murky Nigerian oil deal with ECA support
  • OECD publishes latest Common Approaches procedures questionnaire results
  • Export-Import Bank of China to Offer Loans to Taiwanese Businesses
  • BP Alaska: What lessons for the Common Approaches?

July 2006

  • With easy nickel fading fast, INCO goes after the tough stuff at Goro Nickel
  • Changing markets for export credit agencies: China, private sector ECAs
  • Iran amongst the best UK export credit clients
  • Export Credit Agencies and Human Rights
  • Japan publishes complete projects list (Categories A, B and C)
  • Farnborough air show - 30% of sales ECA financed
  • ECAs and arms
  • BTC Pipeline Opens
  • First renewables loan for US Ex-Im
  • Atradius swaps Indonesia coverage for Viet Nam with Denmark's EKF

June 2006

  • G8 Warns Against Luring Poor States Into Debt Trap
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization
  • ECAs and the Arms Trade
  • Indonesia buys Polish Skytrucks with export credit
  • China's controversial ECA backed Three Gorges dam comes onstream
  • Kanaks & environmentalists call for end to support for Goro Nickel in New Caledonia
  • Australia: Big brother, deputy sheriff or responsible neighbour?
  • ECA supported Bulgarian 670MW power plant project kicks off after 7-yr delay
  • US tapping export credit "war chest"
  • At 50, Is the Paris Club a Colonial Relic?
  • European Commission hosts ECA conference

May 2006

  • Civil society presses OECD on Common Approaches to the Environment
  • India looks to JIBC for lower monitoring requirements than World Bank
  • Ilusu dam update
  • Index of back issues - August 2005 - April 2006
  • Pulp Friction: Increasingly bitter dispute over pulp mills on Uruguay River
  • BTC pipeline terrorist alert
  • Sakhalin - Shell falsifies monitoring reports
  • Disagreements still remain on agricultural export credit competition
  • IFC Performance Standards: One Step Forward, One Step Back
  • Legal Obligations of ECAs With Respect to Human Rights
  • OECD approves new Action Statement on Bribery and Official Export Credits

April 2006

  • OECD publishes ECA statistical summary to 2004 [PDF]
  • JIBC publishes list of new category A, B and C projects
  • Merowe Dam displaced people's meeting attacked - three killed
  • Export Development Canada projects growing ECA competition for export sales
  • Sinosure to outfinance US Ex-Im Bank by 10 times by 2010
  • Nigeria gives China oil rights in exchange for investment and export credits
  • Finnvera to reappraise role in controversial pulp mill in Uruguay
  • NGO report on Sakhalin finds unwarranted & uncontainable reputational risks [PDF]
  • Chinese ECA to fund Mozambique dam which will exacerbate poverty, livelihoods
  • NGOs accuse EU countries of inflating aid figures with ECA debt cancellation [PDF]

March 2006

  • ECGD approves new/old anti-corruption policies
  • ECA Watch compares anti-bribery proposals (PDF)
  • Dam project brings Laos cash and controversy
  • IFC Standards approved
  • International experts intensify critique of Ilisu dam while regional resistance grows
  • Sinosure and Chinese export credits
  • Uruguayan pulp and paper complex faces legal battle and diplomatic pressures
  • U.S. Aerospace Industries back Ex-Im Bank charter extension
  • French ECA Coface expands it's international business
  • Berne Union members support 10% of US$10 Trillion in world trade in 2005 (PDF)
  • Italy's SACE lends to Vietnamese diesel plant
  • India establishes new export credit fund

February 2006

  • Update on negotiations for a new OECD Action Statement on Bribery & ECAs
  • Mexican coal fired power plant receives Japanese ECA support
  • Finnvera underwrites construction of world's largest cruise ship
  • Turkish Eximbank plans US$8.6 billion in loans and guarantees this year
  • Hermes forced to reveal greenhouse gas impacts
  • Ilisu EIA released - NGOs show new design to be seriously flawed (PDF)
  • Atradius-DSB refuses support for Setusamudram Shipping Channel Project (India)
  • Atradius-DSB Business is Booming
  • Consultants Warn Banks of Sakhalin II Environment Risks
  • Human rights and ECAs: the Uruguayan paper mills case (PDF)

January 2006

  • Common Approaches to the Environment & ECAs under Review in 2006
  • Peaceful Protest Disrupts Sakhalin II LNG Plant
  • Dutch Protests Threaten ECA-Supported Sale of Indonesian Navy Corvettes
  • Coface Lends US$100m to India for Dam
  • Japanese ECAs to be Restructured
  • World Bank Cuts Off Loans to Chad Over Abrogation of Pipeline Revenue Agreement
  • Russian Arms Exports and Export Credits
  • Garuda Faces ECA Creditors
  • EDC Reposesses Planes
  • Inuit Sue US Ex-Im Bank Over Greenhouse Gas Impacts
  • Sustainable Finance: Moving the Banking Sector from Promises to Performance
  • Mauritania oil consortium bypasses ECAs

December 2005

  • How to start your own low cost airline - with ECA support
  • EBRD Caves in to Shell on Sakhalin
  • The OECD, the WTO and Agricultural Subsidies
  • Belgian ECA continues efforts to circumvent prohibition of Tanzania arms deal
  • How to start a low cost airline with ECA financial support
  • Bulgarian coal plant gets Hermes and Coface support
  • U.S. lifts export credit ban for Indonesian arms purchases
  • Scots demand control over aid budget share, is ECGD next?
  • Nauru's only air link grounded by U.S. Ex-Im Bank
  • Chinese ECA faces bad debts, poor risk assessments
  • EDC Global Capital Flows Report
  • What have dams got to do with peace? Conflict and the politics of infrastructure development
  • ECGD supports Filipino bridges to nowhere
  • New Secretary-General a major face-lift for OECD?

November 2005

  • Britain and Nigeria's half-hearted war on corruption
  • OECD Update
  • Sakhalin bribery offer
  • Indonesian navy buys Dutch ECA financed Corvettes
  • China offers US$900 M export credits to SCO
  • Coface to finance equipment for Indian dam Rs 450 crore (US$98.4 million)
  • Berne Union ECAs report 21% volume growth to US$788 billion
  • Russia signs US$200 million export credit deal with China's Sinosure
  • Large increase in Dutch ECA insured exports to Russia
  • Philippine Airlines to Buy ECA financed Airbus 320s
  • 40% of French ODA is largely ECA/commercial debt cancellation

October 2005

  • OECD Export Credit News
  • IMF Report: Officially Supported Export Credits in a Changing World
  • WRI report: Diverging Paths: What Future for ECAs in Development Finance?
  • Chinese ECA acquires U.S. bicycle manufacturer
  • Waste incineration and renewable energy incentives
  • Amnesty: ECA funded Chad Cameroon pipeline violates human rights
  • Nigerian ECA debt is the subject of Paris Club negotiations on Oct. 18, 2005
  • Russian banks to form ECA
  • ECGD continues to review decision to fund Shell for Sakhalin project
  • Philippines looking to buy guns from Poland with export credit support
  • Friends of the Earth France publishes Senate ECA Workshop report
  • EIB and EBRD accept WCD standards for hydro power carbon credits
  • Unicorn ranks ECAs on bribery

September 2005

  • Dams and Renewable Energy Incentives Update:
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  • Ex-Im Bank gives creditors a reprieve after Katrina
  • SEC Subpoenas Chicago Bridge On ECA funded Nigerian Work
  • Energy efficiency improvements at existing power plants are a more cost-effective way of increasing supply than building new plants
  • NGOs - effective because of public trust
  • EU and China Partnership on Climate Change includes ECAs
  • Connecting Nature, Power and Poverty FPIC for ECAs
  • NGOs issue statement condemning ECA debt write-off as aid
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  • OECD Watch report evaluates OECD MNC Guidelines 5 years after their revision [PDF]
  • Groundbreaking global warming lawsuit to proceed

August 2005

  • Banks supporting Chinese ECA risk indirect contravention of standards
  • Australian and South African ECAs support Zambian copper mine
  • Some ECA clients get untied credit while renewable energies don't
  • Measuring the opportunity cost of ECA capital - i.e. ECGD export credit subsidies
  • Belgian NGOs list recommendations for Ducroire [PDF]
  • US Export-Import Bank promotes new renewable energy incentives
  • Sakhalin cost overruns reduce Shell assets

July 2005

  • Sudan: Update on the Merowe/ Hamadab Dam Project
  • Chad-Cameroon Pipeline: Ongoing Damages, Inadequate Compensation
  • Building a Profitable Airline is Not Easy, But ECAs Help
  • Ducroire (Belgium) Support for Tanzanian Arms Factory Denied Again
  • NGOs mobilize to stop Ilisu Dam (Again!)
  • Talking Export Credits at the European Commission

June 2005

  • BTC Pipeline Update
  • Sakhalin II Update
  • Independent Expert Raises Concerns About Dam Standards
  • US ExIm Backs Brazilian Oil Platform
  • US ExIm Backs Environmental Exports: Plans to Refit Dams
  • Cloud of Concern Surrounds China's Nuclear Boom
  • Dabhol Settlement Receives Another Blow
  • Law Suit Filed on Cancelled Tanzanian Water Project
  • Brazilian Oil Firm Inks Deal with JBIC
  • Air Transport Given USD $7.3B ECA Credit in 2003
  • Turkish Delegates Ask EU to Monitor Ilisu Dam
  • Climate Change Suit Against OPIC and US ExIm Advances

May 2005

  • OECD to Revise Anti-Bribery Statement
  • Canada's ECA Continues to Withhold Key Environmental Information
  • Sakhalin II Update:
  • Fifty Campaign Groups Protest World Bank Failures on Controversial BTC Oil Pipeline
  • Trade Minister Demands Strengthening of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises
  • NGOs Gravely Concerned About Subsidies to Drinking Water Projects (PDF)
  • French Representative Challenged on Nam Theun 2
  • British Energy Giant Starts Filling Oil into BTC Pipeline
  • OECD Participants in the Arrangement on Export Credits Refuse Better Terms for Local Costs
  • ECA Watch Launches Analysis of 2002 OECD ECA Data
  • NGOs Oppose Subsidies to Hydro as a Renewable Energy [PDF]

April 2005

  • Sakhalin Update:
  • Parliament May Launch Inquiry into French ECA COFACE
  • Greenpeace Disrupts Construction of JBIC-Supported Thai Coal Plant
  • Filipino Supreme Court Justice: Stop Paying Nuke Plant Debt
  • Debt Relief Under Fire: "Not Proper Aid"
  • British MPs Hit Bribery Rule Weakening
  • BP Covered Up BTC Pipeline Flaw
  • BTC Pipeline in New Human Rights Storm
  • Finnish ECA Finnvera Ruled Illegally Secretive
  • World Bank Board Approves Nam Theun 2 Dam; Plan Could Backfire
  • Brazil Challenges the OECD Arrangement on Officially Supported Export Credits
  • Wealthy Nations to Extend Renewable Energy Financing Terms for Large Dams

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