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UK Export Finance eyes Indonesia as a priority market

Indonesia has become the first country in the world to have a UK Export Finance (UKEF) country head to be based in-country.


Indonesia has become the first country in the world to have a UK Export Finance (UKEF) country head to be based in-country. Richard Michael has been appointed to the newly-created post in Jakarta, leading UKEF’s efforts to grow the UK-Indonesia trading relationship.

UKEF is the UK government’s export credit agency, helping buyers around the world to trade with UK suppliers by offering attractive financing options. Through this local presence in Jakarta, UKEF will be better placed to deliver competitive and innovative finance to Indonesian companies and public bodies doing business with the UK.

British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik said:

The choice of Indonesia as UKEF’s first overseas presence demonstrates the importance the UK attaches to the further development of Indonesia as a key trading and investment partner.

There are significant opportunities for the 2 countries to cooperate in the key priority sectors as identified by the current administration, such as infrastructure, and where the UK can add a lot of value.

Richard Michael, the new country head for UKEF in Indonesia said:

In addition to its market-leading product range, UKEF is one of the few export credit agencies able to provide finance in local currencies, including the Rupiah. UKEF is very much open for business in Indonesia, with billions of dollars in capacity now available for the country.

Mr Michael will be based in the British Embassy in Jakarta, working closely with the teams involved in promoting the UK-Indonesia business relationship.


UK Export Finance

UKEF is the UK’s export credit agency, helping overseas buyers of UK goods and services. Established in 1919, it’s the world’s oldest export credit agency.

UKEF helps to:

  • procure from UK suppliers that offer quality and innovation by providing attractive financing terms
  • borrow at competitive interest rates from banks with the benefit of a strong guarantee backed by the UK government
  • borrow directly from the UK government itself at competitive, fixed interest rates
  • maintain flexibility, with finance that can also be used to buy local supplies or supplies from other countries, alongside UK supplies

Full details of its products and services are available on the UKEF website.

UKEF works with UK exporters and their overseas buyers to offer attractive financing options, including:

  • repayment terms of 2 to10 years – and up to 18 in some sectors, such as renewable energy
  • flexible UK content requirements for projects supported
  • capital markets refinancing
  • sharia-compliant structures
  • 40+ local currency options – including Chinese Yuan, Hong Kong Dollars, Indian Rupee, Indonesian Rupiah, Malaysian Ringgit, Singapore Dollars and Thai Baht

Richard Michael

Richard Michael has lived and worked in Asia/Pacific for almost 30 years, of which about half that time has been spent in Indonesia.

His most recent position before joining UKEF in December 2017 was Head of Private Client Advisory at Indonesia Infrastructure Finance.

Richard is a graduate in history and modern languages from Magdalen College, Oxford and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Leicester University.

Published 20 February 2018