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Example: Norwegian Benchmark Analysis

Researchers from the Institute for Trade and Innovation (IfTI) provided research and consultancy services for the Norwegian export credit guarantee agency, GIEK. A cross-sectional study was designed to obtain data in different national contexts investigating economic characteristics surveying other export financing instruments. Quantitative primary data was collected via electronic surveys sent to other governments and government agencies by email. In addition, secondary data from publicly available sources were examined. Qualitative data was collected via open-ended, semi-structured individual and telephone interviews as well as group discussions. For the quantitative analysis, the Data Envelopment Analysis has been used as a benchmarking technique to quantify relative efficiencies. In addition, an explorative-qualitative methodology influenced by grounded theory was applied in order to support quantitative results or put them into perspective.


Example: Strategy research for JBIC

Hochschule Offenburg supported IFCL to conduct a research study on major export finance banks’ and export credit agencies’ latest strategies, activities and operations on behalf of the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC).


Example: EKF Benchmark Report

Researchers from the Institute for Trade and Innovation (IfTI) and IFCL consultants have been engaged by EKF Denmark’s Export Credit Agency in 2017 to provide research and consultancy services delivering a benchmark analysis comparing EKF with its peers from several OECD countries. The analysis corresponded to a competitor analysis and as such consisted of a comparative peer analysis. EKF is an important tool to mitigate negative effects triggered by risks or financial constraints. Acting as the official export credit agency in Denmark, EKF supports exporters’ participation in the global value chain, and helps to cultivate new markets. The Danish agency is able to provide internationally competitive financing and insurance.