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EDB launches AED100mn post-COVID acceleration initiative in line with UAE’s strategy to support SMEs

ABU DHABI, 16th March, 2022 (WAM) -- In line with the UAE’s National Strategy and series of initiatives to support the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UAE and accelerate their post-COVID economic growth, the Emirates Development Bank (EDB) – a key financial engine of the UAE’s economic diversification and industrial transformation agenda – has announced the launch of ‘Sanad’, a post-COVID acceleration initiative. The new AED100 million initiative aims to extend quick, easy-to-access, and flexible loans to Emirati-owned and managed businesses looking to accelerate the growth of their businesses post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Announcing the landmark initiative, Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, Chief Executive Officer of EDB, said, "The launch of ‘Sanad’ is in line with the UAE’s leadership vision to boost the SME ecosystem and help the overall economic acceleration post-COVID. Our new AED100 million initiative offers flexible liquidity support to Emirati-owned and managed SMEs with a growth outlook post the pandemic."

Apart from the quick, convenient, and flexible platform, EDB is also offering interest rates which are the most competitive lending rates in the market in both secured and unsecured loan categories. The loans, to be offered at a starting rate of 5.99 percent per annum on reducing balance basis, seeks to enable Emirati businesses looking to accelerate their economic growth post-COVID.

Al Naqbi added, "Our new ‘Sanad’ initiative is in line with the country’s economic diversification strategy and part of the bank’s efforts to drive industrial growth and modernisation in the country in the next 50 years and beyond. EDB is the only bank in the UAE to provide such first-of-its-kind quick, easy-to-access, and flexible liquidity support to Emirati-owned and managed SMEs post-COVID. Moreover, we have designed a suite of expert financial services to enable Emirati owned and managed businesses accelerate their growth post the pandemic."

EDB stated that the loan requests will be processed within five working days through a hassle-free process making the new initiative a quick, convenient, and flexible platform. The credit assessment of the SMEs will be based primarily on their 2019 financials (pre-COVID) with relaxed norms on evaluation of 2020-2021 financial performance.

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