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|21 March, 2019

Bahrain's Noga and Saudi fund ink $300mln financing accord

The fund will provide export credit and insurance for Saudi national exports to encourage domestic economic diversification and contribute to development within Bahrain

Image used for illustrative purpose. An employee of the Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) counts U.S. 100-dollar bills at the bank's headquarters in Seoul October 13, 2008.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An employee of the Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) counts U.S. 100-dollar bills at the bank's headquarters in Seoul October 13, 2008.

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MANAMA: The National Oil and Gas Authority (Noga) has signed a financing agreement worth $300 million with the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), a Saudi government agency.

In a ceremony held under the patronage of Oil Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Khalifa at the Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay yesterday, the agreement was signed by Nogaholding acting chief executive Dr Dhafer Al Jalahma and SFD vice-president and managing director Dr Khalid bin Sulaiman Al Khudairi.

Under the agreement, the fund will provide export credit and insurance for Saudi national exports to encourage domestic economic diversification and contribute to development within Bahrain.

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The minister said the agreement aims to finance the needs of Saudi manufacturing companies to participate in supplying to the oil and gas industry and projects in Bahrain.

“We have a range of energy projects in Bahrain across the downstream, mid-stream and upstream sectors, which includes developments in the newly discovered oil and gas resource. Some of the projects are at an advanced stage of development, requiring industrial inputs which Bahrain does not have and we would like to localise imports at the GCC level as much as possible,” Shaikh Mohammed said.

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