HSBC eyes regional growth opportunities as GDP, trade rebound

HSBC expects economic growth and international trade in MENAT to outpace the global average

  
HSBC logos are seen on a branch bank.

HSBC logos are seen on a branch bank.

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HSBC has ambitious business plans in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey (MENAT), where a rebound in GDP and international trade will position the region as one of the fastest growing in the world over the coming decade.

As the nine markets in which the bank operates in the region bounce back from the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, HSBC expects economic growth and international trade in MENAT to outpace the global average. This will, in turn, create a raft of new opportunities across the bank’s customer spectrum.

“HSBC has ambitious plans for growth in MENAT, which is positioned to be one of the fastest growing regions of the world over the coming decade,” said Martin Tricaud, HSBC Group CEO for MENAT and Deputy Chairperson of HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd.

He added, “We are investing to support the needs of customers across the entire spectrum of our business, from the investment plans of governments, multinationals and fast-growing smaller companies in our wholesale banking portfolio, to the wealth management needs of the millions of customers in our personal banking portfolio.”

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts that the economies of the nine markets in which the bank operates in the region will see the value of gross domestic product (GDP) expand by 34.7% in aggregate by the end of 2025. This will come as nations recover from the sharp downturn triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with trade growth likely to follow a similar path.

Todd Wilcox, Deputy Chairperson and CEO of HSBC Egypt

Todd Wilcox, Deputy Chairperson and CEO of HSBC Egypt, said, “The investments we will make in Egypt this year will benefit customers across our portfolio, as they build back better from the economic effects of COVID-19, whether in connecting customers across the trade corridors in HSBC’s unrivalled global network, driving digital adoption for payments and transactions, satisfying international investor demand for exposure to Egyptian asset, or supporting government initiatives to deliver low-carbon, sustainable ways of doing business.”

The bank is putting special emphasis on investments in technology, particularly its market leading HSBCnet application for wholesale customers to help them digitize transactional foreign exchange flows and accelerate digital payments. The bank has undertaken enhancements to the range of services on its mobile platform for retail customers.

HSBC is also boosting its capabilities for financing and structuring complex solutions for corporate transactions to support business customers as they invest and expand. It is also rolling out new advisory services for sovereign wealth funds and strengthening its market-leading capabilities in sustainable finance and trade.

Tricaud said, “MENAT is a dynamic, entrepreneurial region and a return to solid growth for GDP and trade will provide a host of long term, strategic, sustainable growth opportunities for our customers across the nine markets we serve in the region and we are ready to support them as they build back better from the impact of COVID-19.”

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