Amsterdam, 20 October 2011 - Johan Schrijver of Atradius President of global credit insurance association
The international association of export credit and investment insurers - the Berne Union - announced today at its Annual General Meeting in Budapest that Johan Schrijver, Managing Director of Atradius Dutch State Business, was elected President. He will assume a prominent position in international trade.
Schrijver, previously vice president of the Berne Union, was elected unanimously. In his new role, in addition to his responsibilities at Atradius and for the Dutch export community, he sees it as an important objective to put credit and investment insurance on the map as a crucial service to support global trade.
The Berne Union (International Union of Credit and Investment Insurers) aims to promote the development of export by protecting exporters against payment risks. It includes both payment risks on companies as well as political risk on countries. Export credit insurers play a key role in trade, especially given the increased risks associated with exports. The past year members of the Berne Union covered over a trillion in exports, about 10% of the entire global cross-border trade.
The Atradius Group provides trade credit insurance, surety and collections services worldwide, and has a presence through 160 offices in 42 countries. Atradius has access to credit information on 60 million companies worldwide and makes more than 20,000 trade credit limit decisions daily. Its products help to protect companies throughout the world from payment default risks associated with selling products and services on credit.
Since 1932 Atradius has an agreement with the Dutch government to insure specific commercial and political risks for account and in name of the Dutch State. This facility is provided by Atradius Dutch State Business, part of the Atradius Group.
For further information:
Atradius Corporate Communications
Mariëlla Dalstra-van Emst
Tel.: +31 (0)20 553 2394