Job description Talking coordination Going Dutch Curacao appointment Studying Brazil ZOOMIT online Trading places Hungary expansion Ruys départs Staff communication magazine for the Rabobank Groun Secretary to the foreign of fices department Carla Boshuis joined international when the bank had only four offices out- side the Netherlands. Over the years, she has seen the direc- torate grow into a truly globai banking network. She explains what it's like on the job at FOD. See page 2. Coordinating and fine-tuning a globai approach to cliënt ser vice is high priority within the Rabo organization. In late Jan- uary, Rabobankers from all over the world met to determine strategies and establish lines of communication that signal the start of the bank's compre- hensive CAM project. See page 3. Ever wondered what the Dutch Raboband was actually talking about. Here'syourchance to find out as International surmmarizes the contents of the two most recent issues of our sister publication. See page 4. The Curacao office has a new deputy director. Nol Hol lander is currently working with the Latin-America desk in Utrecht before succeeding Jan van Hunen on January 1,1994. Van Hunen will be taking up a position in the Netherlands on the same date. Hollander will be relocating to Curacao in August. The Heerhugowaard-Noord member bank has organized a field trip to Brazil for the third year in succession. Dutch agri- clients were invited to partici- pate in the trip to look at farm- ing methods in this area of South America. A number of Dutch far mers from the bank's home region have emigrated to Brazil, so the member bank has con- tacts in that country who can provide first-hand experiences of agri-business there. Following intensive trials at various locations worldwide, plans are currently being finaliz- ed to implement the new Zoom it electronic mail system at all the bank's international offices by mid-May this year. Within the next few weeks, the Zoomit project team will be liais- ing with the bank's offices world wide to arrange the implemen- tation of the new electronic mail system.The time schedule setto complete the installation is mid- May and implementation should be effected at a rate of two of fices per week. Full training pack- ages and the necessary soft ware will be forwarded to each office - the system is user-friend- ly and brief inhouse instruction on how to use it should suffice. Although the implementation of Zoomit will mean a radical re- duction in telephone and espec- iaily telefax costs, a further im portant reason for its introduc- tion is the quality of the docu- ments that it produces. Essen- tially, documents are passed from one PC to another else- where in the world, and as a re- sult, documents can be printed directly from the recipient's com puter. This means that a well laid-out document, for example a credit proposal, produced in Singapore can be in same-day distribution in preciselythe same format in New York. However, the great advantage of electronic mail is that a number of people at different locations can work on the same document without endless retypingfrom bad-quality telefaxes. The first Regional Trade Fi- nance Meeting will be held in February in Jakarta. Hosted by Rabobank Duta, the meeting will formulate a business plan for regional commodity and trade finance and brings to- gether representatives from the bank's offices in Indone- sia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. The idea of regional trade fi nance meetings is to examine trade flows between various countries in the area and look at the main commodities that could offer agribusiness finance opportunities for the bank. Covering grain and feed, oil- seeds and related products, tobacco, cotton, horticultural and tropical products, dairy, livestock and poultry, forest products, fertiliser and bananas, the meeting will develop a seiection of commodities for further examination. How and where to tap into financing of these trade flows is also on the agenda and.the meeting hopes to conclude with a comprehen- sive regional business plan to develop trade financing in the region. Following a year of initial exploration of the Hungarian market, the bank has decided to expand its presence there. See page 2. The present head of the Foreign Offices Department, Charles Ruys, will be leaving the International Directorate on March 1. Ruys, who has headed up the FOD for the past two-and-a-half years moved to the Interna tional Directorate from the member banks' organization where he worked for nine years. He has now been appointed to the EDAB (Efficiency Drive Member Banks) and will work on this project before joining a member bank as general man ager. 'I have learnt a lot at FOD,' he says, 'but all in all, I prefer to pursue my career on the domestic rather than the in ternational side of the bank's operations.' A successor has not yet been appointed.

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