Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE Federal export credit company, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with French bank Natixis to strengthen UAE exporters’ capability to trade globally, assist businesses to expand internationally and support the UAE’s non-oil diversification strategy.
Natixis is a subsidiary of Groupe BPCE - the second-largest banking group in France.
The areas of cooperation between ECI and Natixis include support for UAE businesses by educating them through a series of seminars and workshops on commercial and political risk mitigation, mutual collaboration in export finance solutions, and the exchange of market intelligence between the two parties, said a statement from the company.
The partnership will augment the UAE’s strategy to reduce its reliance on the oil sector as a source of economic activity over time, and to place a greater focus on developing more diversified growth and trade activity, it said.
The MoU was signed by Massimo Falcioni, chief executive officer at ECI; Simon Eedle, regional head of corporate and investment banking, Middle East at Natixis; and Barbara Riccardi, head of Middle East Finance Portfolio at Natixis, in the presence of senior officials from both parties.
Engineer Saed Al Awadi, chief executive officer of Dubai Export Development Corporation, and board member and chairman of the executive committee at ECI, said: “ECI consistently works towards accelerating and sustaining national economic diversification as well as supporting the export and re-export of UAE goods, works, services, and the foreign investments of the UAE businesses, by providing a range of export credit, financing and investment insurance products.”
“The association with Natixis will pave the way for UAE businesses to forge ahead in line with the UAE Vision 2021 agenda as well as fuel the growth of country’s economy, as a whole and export community, in particular,” he added.
Massimo Falcioni, chief executive officer, ECI, said: “We are now living in an era of digitalisation, and ECI is focused on incorporating innovation to support UAE businesses by offering premium trade credit solutions, also aligned with the new wave of technology revolutionising the banking landscape.”
“The signing of the agreement between us and Natixis, which is known for its highly innovative financial solutions and services, is an important step towards this direction,” he said.
“This alliance will further sustain our mission to help UAE businesses export internationally by providing in-depth intelligence and export credit policies that will give them the confidence necessary to enter and operate in new markets,” he added.
Simon Eedle said: “This partnership with ECI will enable us to considerably increase our support for local corporate clients in the UAE, whether through trade finance, or through the large scale projects where export credit support is often an important element of the financing package.”
“We are looking forward to working closely with ECI,” he concluded. – TradeArabia News Service