Historic Deal; DMCC, Dakia U-Ventures to develop trade hub & free zone in Colombia

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The world’s flagship Free Zone, Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) has signed a historic agreement to co-develop a trade hub and free zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

Under the MoU, the Cartagena International Commerce Zone will be developed and operated in a partnership between DMCC and Dakia U-Ventures (UVentures), in direct collaboration with federal and national government entities of Colombia. UVentures is an international investment holding company specialized in designing, financing, developing, and operating international macro-scale projects.

The free-trade designated territory will be a common law district based on English common law, which will create an international business platform with unique benefits such as balanced arbitration facilities, incorporated country risk insurance, global trade networks, and access to capital. Once established, the Cartagena International Commerce Zone will become Latin America’s first Common Law District Arbitration Centre.

DMCC and the Cartagena International Commerce Zone aim to offer their member companies passporting rights between the two free zones, which will enhance bilateral trade opportunities and provide greater access to global markets.

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Ahmed bin Sulayem
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“As the world’s fastest growing free zone with over 20,000 registered companies, DMCC is thrilled to partner with UVentures to establish a trade hub and free zone in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. This will shape the future of trade by creating a new virtual and physical trading corridor between Colombia and Dubai, while supporting the national strategic objectives of Colombia and unlocking its enormous growth opportunities.”

“DMCC’s regulatory trade environment and free zone model shaped over 20 years is the blueprint for global market connectivity and growth. This blueprint will be instrumental as we partner to develop a new world-leading free zone that drives FDI between two extremely dynamic markets while providing transformational trade opportunities for the broader Central and South Americas through Dubai,” added Mr. Bin Sulayem.

Mr. Xavier Adserà, CEO, UVentures, said that “We are thrilled to embark on this endeavor with DMCC, the Colombia Sovereign Authorities, and our ecosystem of institutional partners. This remarkable project has all the elements to be a worldwide success, posing a historical opportunity for the country to expand its international presence, and for Latin America to develop a leading financial and commercial hub referent amongst global capital markets.”

As a result of this project, Colombia will significantly improve its standard credit ratings and attract foreign direct investments, creating business opportunities at a national and international level.

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