ITFC signs $100m Murabaha deal in Uzbekistan

The Murabaha Trade Financing Agreement was signed between the ITFC and the Asia Alliance Bank in Uzbekistan
Updated 14 June 2018
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ITFC signs $100m Murabaha deal in Uzbekistan

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, and Asia Alliance Bank, a joint-stock commercial bank in Uzbekistan, have signed the Murabaha Trade Financing Agreement.

This is the first operation of ITFC in Uzbekistan, and it marks the start of the implementation of the $100 million framework agreement, signed between Uzbekistan and ITFC on March 6.

“The purpose of the framework agreement is to find ways and means to ensure close cooperation and coordination of efforts between ITFC and the government of Uzbekistan, and to pave the way for a strategic partnership between the parties,” said Hani Salem Sonbol, CEO of ITFC. The main area of cooperation indicated in the agreement is to provide a line of financing to local banks in Uzbekistan to support the private sector, particularly small and medium enterprises. 


AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Updated 16 January 2019
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AHG denies link with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises

Al-Habtoor Group (AHG) has clarified that the group and all its divisions, including Habtoor Hospitality (Habtoor Hotels) have no link or relationship of any kind with Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises (HTE) and its owner Rashid Al-Habtoor.

This is following news released in major Indian and Middle Eastern media about a potential acquisition of the Leela Group of Hotels in India (Hotel Leela venture) by Rashid Al-Habtoor, founder and owner of Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises.

A spokesperson for Al-Habtoor Group said: “We feel obligated to clarify that Al-Habtoor Group in all its divisions and Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises are two separate entities. Habtoor Hospitality, commonly known as Habtoor Hotels, is owned solely by Al-Habtoor Group in the UAE and overseas.”

“... Any actions or business decisions taken by Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises or any of their associates are their sole responsibility, and Al-Habtoor Group is not liable under any circumstance for any damages or liabilities arising directly or indirectly from Al-Habtoor Trading Enterprises business ventures.”