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DP World chief sees 'challenging' 2019 amid trade tensions

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem says tensions involving the United States and China are starting to translate into reality

DP World chief sees 'challenging' 2019 amid trade tensions
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, chairman of DP World. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The chairman of ports operator DP World believes 2019 will be "challenging but not unmanageable" amid growing international trade tensions.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem told Reuters he believed financial institutions were becoming increasingly cautious and tightening lending in reaction to trade tensions the psychological impact of trade tensions.

He was quoted as saying tensions involving the United States and China were starting to translate into reality.

DP World cautioned in August about geopolitical risks and changes in trade policies as half year profit fell 2.1 percent.

Sulayem was also quoted as saying DP World is taking measures to reduce costs.

“We are finding ways to make sure that we do good in 2019,” he said.

“Historically, we have managed worse scenarios than this,” he added.