Fortress Investments, a leading investment firm operating in the Middle East, says that Dubai’s move to study setting up an Islamic Exim Bank would go a long way in increasing the flow of investment into the UAE.
“Exim Bank is by definition an institution responsible for facilitating international trade by financing the purchase of domestic exports and providing guarantees or insurance for foreign lines of credit. We believe financial institutions will have a role to play in contributing to the capital of the proposed bank,” said Hamed Mokhtar, Managing Director at Fortress Investments.
The establishment of the Shari’a compliant Exim bank will boost cooperation between public and private sectors, enhance capabilities of the local trade finance lenders and encourage exports.
Mokhtar added: “The move to set up an Exim Bank reflects Dubai’s pioneering drive to adopt global best practices and contextualize them to the Dubai economy. Such a bank would provide a shot in the arm for inward and outbound trade. Further, it will go a long way in attracting foreign investments to the market, benefitting simple trade or complex multi disciplinary commerce involving several parties.”
He said the proposed bank would also play a major role in contributing to the infrastructure upgrade that would be needed in the run up to EXPO 2020.
Exim Banks commonly provide insurance cover to exporters against losses from non-payment by importers, as a means to promote a country’s foreign trade. Other services may include marine insurance, post-shipment discounting of invoices and pre-shipment advances against confirmed orders.
Source : WAM News Agency for United Arab Emirates