Partnership agreement strengthens UK’s export relationship with Iran
Wednesday March 9th, 2016
UK Export Finance (UKEF) and the Export Guarantee Fund of Iran (EGFI) have committed to enhancing trade and economic co-operation with a Memorandum of Understanding in a move designed to help British businesses export.
Under the agreement, UKEF, the UK’s export credit agency, and EGFI, the Iranian state-owned credit insurance company, will work together to identify opportunities for trade in capital goods, equipment and services between the two countries. It also allows the parties to co-finance and co-guarantee financing for projects or contracts in third countries involving British and Iranian exports.
The memorandum follows the extensive sanctions relief Iran received earlier this year, as a result of which UKEF immediately reintroduced cover to support UK companies seeking to compete for business in Iran.
Lord Maude, Minister for Trade and Investment, welcomed the agreement, saying:
“The UK government is working to build a strong and long-term partnership with Iran, and trade is fundamental to this. Agreements such as this one between UKEF and EGFI will help British businesses realise the opportunities that economic re-engagement will bring.”
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