Dubai, Korea ink tie-up for global investments
Dubai, August 20, 2014
Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate, and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) have agreed to form an alliance to explore international investment and export prospects.
Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD), the sovereign wealth fund of the Emirate, and the Export-Import Bank of Korea (Kexim) have agreed to form an alliance to explore international investment and export prospects across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Kexim is the official trade finance agency of the Republic of Korea with a remit to provide export finance or support international investments in which Korean parties participate.
Lee Duk-Hoon, chairman and president of Kexim, said: “We believe that this partnership provides a fantastic platform to promote and develop new investment opportunities in potentially new markets for mutual benefit, alongside a partner of global standing, with complementary competencies and a congruent investment philosophy.”
Korea has a long standing commercial relationship with Dubai, with trade flows now exceeding $10 billion in 2013, covering many strategic sectors, a statement said.
ICD board member Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “ICD is very pleased to be entering into this venture with Kexim, who provide unparalleled connectivity with the Korean business community that includes many global leading companies with proven export credentials, in addition to the financial strength, acumen, discipline and track record to successfully deliver on investment projects.”
The alliance spans a broad geographical area ranging from Far East Asia to Africa and is expected to initially be focused on the healthcare, infrastructure and energy sectors, with an ability to be expanded in future.
Mohammed Al Shaibani, CEO of ICD, said: “We believe that this alliance, which builds on Dubai’s already strong commercial ties with Korea, will enable both ICD and Kexim to leverage each other’s experience and expert capabilities in terms of transaction origination, financing capability and delivery.
“As partners, we see significant growth in emerging markets and believe that by working together under this alliance we provide a compelling proposition in identifying and making successful investments.”
ICD is chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and holds a diversified group of assets. – TradeArabia News Service