Ministry of Finance unveils Federal Law no. (4) of 2020 on Securing Interest with Movable Property

During a virtual press conference held by the Ministry of Finance

Ministry of Finance unveils Federal Law no. (4) of 2020 on Securing Interest with Movable Property

E. Younis Haji Al Khoori: This Federal Law allows companies to benefit from their movable properties to secure their bank and commercial loans

H.E. Younis Haji Al Khoori, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), reiterated the importance of Federal Law no. (4) of 2020 on Securing Interest with Movable Property, as it enables companies operating in various business sectors, especially SMEs, to benefit from their movable properties to secure their bank and commercial loans. This strengthens both the UAE’s leading position in global competitiveness and ease of doing business indices, as well as its FDI attractiveness.

This was said today, in a virtual press conference held by the Ministry of Finance, to discuss the details of the Federal Law no (4) of 2020 on Securing Interest with Movable Property, which was recently issued by H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE.  H.E. welcomed the representatives of the media, reviewed with them the objectives of the decree-law and the frameworks for its implementation, in addition to the effects and implications it has on the financial climate in the country.

The Federal Law on Securing Interest with Movable Property addresses challenges related to obtaining credit from banks in the country. For example, the inability of some projects to access financing options, together with other challenges resulting from the inability of some projects to use their movable properties as collateral with banks.

H.E. pointed out that the idea of the project focused on creating an electronic registry in the country to record assets to ensure project financing. This register would allow the use of "tangible and intangible" movable properties such as equipment and tools, receivables, cash flows, crops and others as collateral against obtaining loans.

H.E. affirmed that the UAE enjoys an outstanding global reputation in numerous fields, thanks to the forward-looking directives of our wise leadership who have launched national strategies and programmes that compete with the best, most developed and stable countries in the world. Today, our nation possesses competitive capabilities that qualify it to compete with the most advanced global economies.

H.E. explained that this law will have a significant positive impact on the nation’s economy, as it caters to recent developments in the scope of movable properties. It will also support SMEs to easily obtain the necessary financing, by diversifying the financial assets that can be used, while ensuring the rights of creditors from banks and financing institutions.

H.E. said: “This law will improve the ability of financial institutions to expand lending operations, and regulate current practices associated with them. It also addresses the associated risks, and regulates the relationship between banks, institutions and companies, to ensure the rights of all parties.

H.E. noted that the provisions listed in this law cover most of the World Bank’s indices included in the Doing Business Report, which is one of the most important global competitiveness reports. Therefore, complying with international standard requirements in securing interest with movable property helps improve the nation’s competitiveness, and integration into the global economy - allowing us to further adopt internationally recognised standards and best global practices. This will lead to strengthening the legal framework for doing business, increasing the investment attractiveness of the nation and achieving significant macroeconomic gains.

H.E. added: “The Ministry of Finance continues coordinated efforts with its partners and all relevant parties to develop fiscal and monetary policies in the country, maintain financial stability, advance sustainable economic growth and strengthen the country's financial competitiveness.

At the end of the conference, H.E. answered the media’s questions on the law and all the procedural aspects related to its implementation.

The Ministry of Finance continuously adopts the highest standards of transparency, openness and effective communication in its relations with all its strategic partners, as it believes doing so plays an influential role in building and spreading awareness in society.


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