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The UK Export Finance (UKEF) and Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) MoU sets out revised terms of cooperation which support ambitions for sustainable development outlined in the Hiroshima Accord, G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment (PGII) and UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With a focus on export credit policy and co-investment projects, continued partnership between the two ECAs will support the international competitiveness of UK and Japanese businesses as they seek to access global trading opportunities.
The terms of the agreement will guide the ECAs in future collaboration on projects around the world – especially in Africa and the Indo-Pacific – which draw on UK and Japanese supply chains. This is expected to create opportunities for project sponsors worldwide to avail of UKEF and NEXI support, especially for clean energy initiatives and sustainable projects in healthcare, water, education and transport.
The signing was part of the first ever UK-Japan Strategic Economy Policy and Trade Dialogue, held today in London by Secretary of State for Business and Trade Kemi Badenoch and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yasutoshi Nishimura.
The UKEF-NEXI agreement will support the dialogue’s aim of maintaining and strengthening the multilateral trading system in a way which enables sustainable, inclusive and resilient growth.
The Rt. Hon Kemi Badenoch MP, Secretary of State for Business and Trade, said: “Today’s dialogue and new agreement mark an exciting new chapter in UK-Japan cooperation, showing how our innovative economies complement each other.
“We’ve signed up to CPTPP and already have a bespoke trade deal with Japan, but through these new talks we can now work more closely on cutting-edge tech like clean energy to ensure that our businesses stay competitive on the global stage.”
With UKEF having pioneered ECA support for Ukraine since 2021 – backing the reconstruction of bridges around Kyiv and planning to ensure the country’s continuity of nuclear energy supplies – the agreement also outlines the agencies’ intention to share expertise which could support bilateral and multilateral efforts to reconstruct Ukraine.
This latest development marks almost two decades of cooperation between the government organisations, which signed a first Memorandum of Understanding in 1995 and maintain close ties through their shared G7 membership.