Under the agreement, EDB will provide financing solutions and facilitate banking services to meet the needs of businesses in priority sectors. This will include financing to encourage the adoption of advanced technologies in the industrial sector, structured financing and capital investments, financing for business expansion, and green financing solutions.
EDB and MoIAT, as part of the agreement, will also cooperate to stimulate the growth and development of the UAE’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. They will work together to support SMEs through financial advice and assistance and support the Mohammed Bin Rashid Innovation Fund and loan program to boost advanced technology, and cooperation in evaluating eligible borrowers to ensure they meet the criteria.
Finally, both parties will coordinate with other financing bodies such as investment funds to encourage and secure their support and participation.
A Quantum Leap for Industry
Commenting on the agreement, His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology and Chairman of EDB’s Board said: “This MoU marks a giant leap for the UAE’s rapidly developing industrial sector and a testament to the forward-thinking approach of this nation’s leadership.
“In the last two decades, industry and entrepreneurialism have emerged as critical drivers of sustainable national economic growth as a result of the country’s ambitious diversification efforts. Building on these strong foundations, Operation 300bn aims to accelerate the growth of our vibrant industrial base and foster a knowledge- and innovation-based economy.”
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber explained that MoIAT and the EDB will collaborate to cultivate a climate of intuitive entrepreneurship and innovation across the industrial sector’s value chain, with a focus on the manufacturing, infrastructure, technology, healthcare and food security industries, he added.
Industry: The National Economy’s Enabler
His Excellency Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT, added: “Operation 300bn is vital to enhancing the UAE’s economic competitiveness and its status as a global hub for pioneering and innovative industries for the next 50 years.
“By creating a dynamic and supportive environment for businesses from around the world, the strategy aims to double the industrial sector's contribution to GDP by 2031, while boosting employment, productivity, in-country value and exports in the process.”
Advanced Technology Adoption
HE Faisal Aqeel Al Bastaki, CEO of EDB, said: “The signing of this MoU complements EDB's ongoing strategy and its objectives of accelerating advanced technology adoption by providing the necessary banking and financing stimulus, as well as strengthening the role industrial SMEs play in bolstering the national economy.
“To achieve these goals, EDB will offer financing to small and medium-sized factories, as well as advisory support to entrepreneurs, startups and small enterprises. In terms of immediate next steps, EDB will focus on establishing partnerships with banks in the UAE to bolster the financial assistance provided to industrial SMEs, priority sectors and underserviced economic segments, ensuring all have access to financing solutions. We are also launching an AED1 billion direct investment fund for small and medium enterprises in 2022, to support companies that need financing and investment in priority industrial sectors.”
- EDB will facilitate financing to purchase and update machinery and equipment in line with the technological requirements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
- A subsidiary company will be launched to provide structured financing, capital investments; and to find alternative funding sources to support target companies in restructuring their budgets to enable their growth
- With regard to green financing solutions, the agreement stipulates the provision of financing solutions for entities in alternative energy or renewable energy and those seeking to transition towards clean energy, which would contribute to achieving economic development that meets the UAE’s environmental sustainability standards.
- The industrial sector plays a vital role in growing the UAE economy and is the largest non-oil contributor to national GDP
About Operation 300 Bn
Operation 300 Bn was launched to capture the opportunity created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution to ensure the UAE expands its industrial sector and competitiveness. It aims to increase the industrial sector’s GDP contribution from AED133 billion to AED300 billion by 2031.Marking a quantum leap for the UAE, Operation 300 Bn is the latest initiative in the nation’s history of forward thinking and rapid responses to market changes and leveraging new opportunities.
About The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology
The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology was established in July 2020 as a result of a merger with the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology to drive development in the UAE’s industrial sector. The UAE industrial sector is a major driver of national development and economic growth. The sector maintains a high growth rate through establishing specialized industrial zones, attracting foreign investment and modern technology to enhance its competitiveness in line with the highest global standards.
About Emirates Development Bank
Emirates Development Bank was established through a Federal Decree-Law No. (7) of 2011 issued by the UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The bank officially launched operations in June 2015. It provides developmental financing services to improve the lives of Emiratis, through home finance credits allocated for real estate, construction, maintenance and development. In addition, on behalf of the UAE government, the bank contributes to financing agricultural craft activities and projects, as well as industrial and real estate projects to enhance their sustainability and growth. The bank currently has two branches, one in Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai.
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