Gregory Le Henand
Coface offers trade debt protection
Dubai, September 12, 2012
Coface Emirates Services is offering its Trade Credit Insurance (TCI) service, a debt protection solution, which facilitates trade by covering the losses generated by the non-payment of a trade debt.
The Trade Credit Insurance (TCI) provided by Coface, a subsidiary of the French Credit Insurance group Coface, covers many of the commercial and political risks faced by a business when selling goods in domestic markets, export markets or both.
All Emirati companies selling goods or services on credit terms of up to 180 days are concerned, whether SMEs or corporates with insurable annual turnover starting at Dh10 million ($2.72 million).
Gregory Le Henand, regional business development manager of Coface Emirates Services, said: “The UAE has become the hub of the Middle East and Africa Region, with 75 per cent of Fortune 500 companies establishing their regional HQ in the country.”
“In 2011, 78 per cent of the UAE GDP has been exported to the Middle East, Africa and Asia region, mainly through Emirati SMEs. It is therefore crucial for the development of the economy to support this effort through the trade instrument that constitutes TCI.”
Le Henand added that TCI also constitutes a great financing opportunity for local businesses: “It’s challenging for Emirati SME’s to obtain loans or other forms of financing from local banks, who have to deal with devaluated assets carried over from the real estate bubble, the ongoing financial crisis and the higher capital requirements of the Basel 3 regulations.”
In this context of financing shortages, Coface Emirates developed several partnerships with local banks through the GCC: Emirates NBD, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Mashreq Bank, National Bank of Fujairah. These major lenders of the UAE economy partner with Coface to offer a financing solution to companies having credit insurance.
In the UAE, TCI is available through Coface local insurance partners NGI and Oman Insurance. Le Henand added that for the GCC region, Coface is headquartered in Dubai and also offers credit insurance through its partners in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain and Oman. – TradeArabia News Service