UK Export Finance To Invest $4.83 Billion In Moroccan Trade To Strengthen Trade Ties

The latest news says the public agency UK Export Finance has declared that it is now open to conducting its business operations in the Moroccan kingdom with the arrangement of a new International Export Finance Executive in Casablanca. Earlier, UK Export Finance hires two new directors to its executive leadership: Julia Beck as Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, and Paul Neville as Digital, Data, & Technology Director to cater to the requirements of UK exporters.

According to the UK Export Finance (UKEF) reported in a press release as the British government's export credit institution, it will invest up to 51.5 billion dirhams (MMDH), or $4.83 billion to support & strengthen the trade ties between Morocco and the UK. The declaration comes as the UK export credit agency appoints a new International Export Finance Executive (IEFE) in Casablanca, uplifting the British exporters with a minimum total contract value of 20% reserved for the UK suppliers with any overseas projects financed by UK Export Finance (UKEF). It makes us remember the news where UK Export Finance granted £6 billion to SMEs exporters as a contributory step towards their agenda of dominating Britain's free trade.

Morocco offers immense opportunities for UK businesses being a significant investment objective as well as a significant gateway for investment in Africa and one of the important choices for inviting capital to the North African nation is the UK. The north African nation has an immense space for feasible investment, green energy generation, and investment opportunities are promptly available. Please note that recently, African Development Bank honored with best multilateral financial institution 2021.

To boost the trade between the UK and Morocco, UKEF has appointed Casablanca-based IEFE to attract new open doors for UK organizations to export to the region. The funding will also encourage the investment between these two nations by helping Moroccan buyers get support to deliver projects, provided that at least 20% of the total contract value is sourced from UK suppliers.

According to UKEF's interim chief executive Samir Parkash, “I am pleased that UKEF is having a vital role in reinforcing the historic business relationship between the UK and Morocco, by providing ground support and access from our global finance team. UK organizations have a chance to indulge in more business with Morocco, a nation hoping to convey a more feasible future, and we look forward to encouraging projects in the area.” Morocco also initiates a scope of chances for UK companies such as possible ventures in energy transition, water desalination, and infrastructure, including rail, roads, ports, and airports to strengthen the national economy through new transport facilities. This declaration comes a few weeks after UKEF reported it had utilized $2.8bn on the continent by 2021, which is triple the amount invested somewhere between 2018 and 2019. The declaration follows the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the first trade treaty between the two nations. 

According to the British ambassador to Morocco, Simon Martin, “It is such great news that UKEF currently has a committed asset here in Morocco. The issue now lies with the purchasers in Morocco to initiate their projects. Through this funding by UKEF, we can utilize this investment to aid Moroccan infrastructure, renewables, and other sectors. I'm eager to perceive how this creates and anticipate seeing our association with Morocco continue to develop.”

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The appointment of IEFE in Casablanca is one of the UKEF's most recent accomplishments in growing its worldwide network and developing new business for UKEF and UK organizations. At present, it has 18 managers in the Americas, South Asia, Asia Pacific, and Africa, with strategies to expand that number to around 30 next year. Working intimately with foreign buyers, financial lenders, UK trade commissioners, and UK ambassadors, IEFE draws in foreign governments and global organizations seeking to buy from the UK, developing important commercial opportunities for UK companies.

It additionally reviewed that Morocco offered UK organizations a few opportunities, such as expected projects in energy transition, desalination, and infrastructures such as railways, roads, ports, and airports, to aid the economic development of the nation’s economy through new transport facilities. 

UK Export Finance (UKEF) possesses a multi-billion pound capacity to help projects in African markets obtained from the UK and can raise finance in up to 12 African currencies. It can support foreign nations to access finance, loans, and insurance to make their projects run if they focus on obtaining goods & services from the UK.





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