The agreement marks the first time that the ICBC Financial Leasing has worked with an Islamic institution.
The leasing arm of largest bank in the world signed a landmark collaboration agreement with the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (http://www.icd-idb.com), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB). The agreement marks the first time that the ICBC Financial Leasing, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) has worked with an Islamic institution, and represents one of the first strategic collaborations to unite the vast commercial strength of China with the significant liquidity and strong trade potential of the Islamic world.
Combining the reputation, experience and expertise of the ICD with the strength and sophistication of the ICBC Group global banking network, the new collaborative agreement has the potential to channel the power and potential of the Chinese economy to enhance and encourage private sector progress across the Islamic world.
The two entities will work together across multiple lines to develop Islamic capabilities and opportunities and assist economic evolution across ICD member countries: including the provision of financing and banking services such as Ijarah, placement of funds, lines of finance and liquidity management; as well as technical assistance, training and expertise. The parties also plan to encourage and implement co-financing, club deal and syndication projects for eligible private sector projects.
H.E. Khaled Al Aboodi, CEO of the ICD, commented that: “China has hitherto been a relatively untapped market for Islamic finance, and offers exceptional potential in terms of its global strength and economic influence. ICBC Leasing, which is the biggest leasing firm in China and has a strong international network and outstanding financial fundamentals, is the ideal partner for this venture; and we are excited to embark on what promises to be a productive and rewarding collaboration uniting these two key markets.”
Cong Lin, the CEO of ICBC Leasing remarked that “As the “Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road” (referred to as “One Belt One Road”) Concept and Strategy has been raised and promoted by the Chinese government recently, ICBC Leasing are also actively developing our international business with the corporations or financial institutions in the “one Belt one Road” region as an important part of our global development strategy.
ICBC Leasing’s target markets cross with many ICD member states to a great extent. In addition, as China’s biggest financial leasing company we aim to support the real economy development directly and we note that ICD also focus on promoting the real economy development of the private sector on its membership countries. Based on the above we believe the two sides have huge potential for cooperation on funding, leasing business and many other areas in the future.”