ABU DHABI - Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development has inked an agreement with Finance House; one of the UAE’s premier financial institutions specialising in investments and commercial financing solutions.

The partnership will facilitate access to financing services for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by UAE nationals and encourage entrepreneurship in the UAE.

The agreement will also position Khalifa Fund and Finance House as significant contributors to Abu Dhabi's SME Development Vision.
Alia Al Mazrouei. CEO of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, stated, "We are committed to supporting entrepreneurs through a wide array of innovative solutions. Our collaboration with Finance House will facilitate SMEs’ access to financing options and will provide the UAE’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with a great resource in Finance House. This collaboration will play a pivotal role in promoting economic activity throughout the business ecosystem and encourage UAE nationals to develop and grow their businesses with greater ease and confidence.”

Mohammed Abdulla Alqubaisi, Founder of Finance House, commented on the signing ceremony and said, “We are pleased to partner with Khalifa Fund to provide National SME owners with the needed support to establish and grow their businesses. We are one of the first financial institutions to do so, and since its inception in 2004, Finance House has been aiding SMEs by financing them with more than AED 5 billion.”

As per the agreement, the Credit Guarantee Scheme (KF-CGS) developed by Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and in partnership with Finance House, will offer KFED members a wide range of financial incentives. These include a risk-sharing approach to lending which will encourage banks to lend directly to the SME sector, massively benefiting KFED members.
The KF-CGS programme will allow the SME sector the chance to borrow directly from banks at more affordable rates and for a longer duration, compared to borrowing without a guarantee.

The programme will also enable Khalifa Fund members to benefit from the financial products of member banks which historically may not have had relationships with the SME sector. By expanding lending tools, the KF-CGS scheme will also effectively increase liquidity within marginalised sectors that are conventionally overlooked by larger financial institutions but are crucial to the UAE’s goal of economic growth through diversification.

On the other hand, as a result of the agreement, partnering banks and financial institutions will benefit from an expanded target market and clientele, while enjoying the security of shared risk.