Etihad Credit Insurance partners with African Trade Insurance Agency to push non-oil trade

Move is aimed at supporting joint businesses in their respective countries, and collaboration in other markets

UAE’s Etihad Credit Insurance teams up with African Trade Insurance Agency to boost trade ties. Photo: ECI
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Etihad Credit Insurance, the UAE's export credit agency, has joined forces with African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) to boost non-oil trade and investments between the UAE and Africa.

The entities signed a reciprocal reinsurance agreement that aims to provide trade credit insurance and trade finance solutions to businesses in both markets, ECI said in a statement on Wednesday.

They intend to support joint ventures in their respective countries as well as their collaborative initiatives in other countries by sharing risks enabling businesses to grow trade globally.

The agreement builds on an pact signed in March last year to enhance the global competitiveness of exporters by improving their awareness of export credit and trade finance and encouraging them to use risk-mitigation against commercial and political threats.

“This collaboration will provide UAE exporters real confidence to access the African region's diverse markets and resources with state-backed guarantees and safeguards against commercial and political uncertainties,” ECI chief executive Massimo Falcioni said.

The UAE became the fourth-biggest investor in Africa last year by investing in 71 different projects worth $5.64 billion, according to research consultancy Knight Frank.

The value of non-oil trade between the Emirates and Africa reached $40.7bn in the first nine months of 2020, compared to $36.9bn in the same period in 2019.

The value of non-oil trade between the two amounted to $50bn in 2019, compared to $33bn in 2015, according to state news agency Wam.

The UAE, particularly, seeks to capitalise on many high-growth sectors in Africa, including tourism, infrastructure, energy, transport, logistics and IT.

“This deal with ECI is a major step to strengthen our commitment to providing risk solutions to businesses, investors and commercial lenders interested in doing business in the UAE and Africa,” Manuel Moses, chief executive of ATI, said.

“Deepening our ongoing partnership, this reinsurance agreement will pave the way [for] unparalleled trading opportunities for businesses to improve their regional and global competitiveness.”

ECI, which began operations in 2018, has partnerships with local and international banks that offer loans to UAE companies to fund exports to overseas buyers, with the agency providing insurance. It is responsible for supporting the export and re-export of UAE goods and services and foreign investments of local businesses.

The agency is one of the central planks of the UAE’s economic diversification agenda and supports exporters through credit, financing and investment insurance.

Updated: November 23, 2022, 2:30 PM