A new trade finance transaction was announced in June 2014.



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The Saudi Fund for Development, press release of 25 June 2014: SFD signs 3 agreements worth of more than SR254 million to finance national non-oil exports to Republic of Yemen:

The Saudi Export Program, Introduction:

The Saudi Fund for Development, What IS SFD?:

The Saudi Export Program, Eligible parties for SEP benefits:

The Saudi Fund for Development, annual report 2014, page 58:

Inception date: 25 Jun 2014 | Removal date: open ended

Trade finance

On 25 June 2014, the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) signed three agreements with the Republic of Yemen totalling SAR 254 million (approx. USD 67.7 million). The agreements are funded through SFD's Saudi Export Program (SEP) and will fund three project in the country. In doing so the Chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development stated that the: "the agreements included financing national non-oil exports in the energy, water and sanitation sectors". More specifically the financing agreements will according to the SFD 2015 annual report finance imports of cables and electrical materials, pipes and concrete intakes from various Saudi companies.
The Saudi Export Program
The Saudi Export Program (SEP) is part of the Saudi Fund for Development and was established in 1999. The program promotes Saudi exports to contribute the country's GDP and minimize the economic dependence of crude oil. In promoting export of Saudi goods the SEP can support 100% of the value of the eligible export transaction depending on risk and nature of the export. In general the value of exported good/service must contain a Saudi domestic value of 25% or more as well as the transaction having a minimum value of SAR 100,000 (approx. USD 26,666). Additionally, parties benefiting from the SEP fall into one of the following: Saudi companies and establishments; foreign companies, entities or governments importing or purchasing of Saudi goods or services; or lastly local or foreign banks and financial institutions. The Saudi Export Program has from 2001 to the end of 2013 approved financing and guarantees amounting to around SR34 billion (approx. USD 906.5 million).

The Saudi Fund for Development
The Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) was established by Royal Decree No. M/48 of 1 September 1974. The Fund's main objectives are to: 'participate in financing of development projects in developing countries through granting of loans to said countries and to encourage national non-crude-oil exports by providing finance and insurance in support of such exports.

The GTA includes state guarantees and other financial incentives that are likely to affect the restructuring and performance of firms facing international competition, whether from imports, in export markets, and from foreign subsidiaries.


Inception date: 25 Jun 2014 | Removal date: open ended

Local sourcing

The credit for this transaction is provided by the Export Import Bank of India (EXIM) and requires that at least 75% of the contract price for goods and services associated with the project is sourced from India.