OTTAWA, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Export Development Canada (EDC) and
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) of Japan, the official
export credit agencies of Canada and Japan, respectively, today signed
a reciprocal re-insurance agreement at EDC's headquarters in Ottawa,
The agreement, signed by Stephen Poloz, President and CEO, EDC, and
Takashi Suzuki, Chairman and CEO of NEXI, is intended to bring greater
insurance capacity to transactions to which Canadian and Japanese
companies are connected, regardless of market or sector.
"The collaboration between NEXI and EDC is really about adding financial
capacity to the way that Canadian and Japanese businesses collaborate
with each other, on transactions and on projects," said Stephen Poloz.
"With the successful complementarity of Canadian and Japanese expertise
driving more business-to-business partnerships, particularly in the
extractive and infrastructure sectors, the NEXI-EDC agreement is a
response to help that trend grow into meaningful trade performance
overall, for both countries."
"NEXI has supported the development of projects in this resource rich
country for years. Now NEXI, together with EDC, is expanding support
for the import of natural resources from Canada. This EDC-NEXI
agreement is a win-win for the both countries, helping Canada to
diversify its resource and energy markets while providing Japan with a
more stable supply," said Takashi Suzuki. "It will also lead to more
Japanese investment in Canada by supporting exports of Japanese
subsidiaries located in Canada," he added.
In the first transaction under this agreement, NEXI will provide a
portion of the coverage for Canadian fuel exports to Japanese
utilities. Both agencies will be looking to provide credit insurance on
Canadian or Japanese supply to projects in emerging markets, where
there is both Canadian and Japanese ownership.
Canadian-Japanese bilateral merchandise trade was valued at
approximately CAD 23.5 billion dollars in 2011. In March of this year,
Canada and Japan launched free-trade negotiations, called the Economic
Partnership Agreement. The proposed agreement has the potential to
increase Canada's GDP by CAD 3.8 billion dollars and boost exports to
Japan by as much as 67 per cent. The EPA is also expected to increase
Japanese exports to Canada by about 37 per cent, which would add USD
4.4 billion dollars to Japan's GDP.
EDC is Canada's export credit agency, offering innovative commercial
solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their
international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by
more than 7,700 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to
200 markets worldwide each year. EDC is financially self-sustaining and
a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis.
NEXI is Japan's export credit agency wholly owned by the government of
Japan. Its mandate is to support international business transactions,
investments and loans by Japanese companies through trade insurance.
The amount underwritten by NEXI in 2011 was about 10.7 billion US
dollars. As Japanese export and investment destinations are becoming
more diverse, NEXI is strengthening cooperative relationships with
other ECAs via reinsurance agreement. To date, 18 ECAs have already
entered into the agreement with NEXI.
SOURCE: Export Development Canada
For further information:
Export Development Canada
Nippon Export and Investment Insurance