UAE's MoCCAE and EDB sign MoU to help agricultural SMEs
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Emirates Development Bank, MoCCAE sign MoU to support agricultural SMEs

Emirates Development Bank, MoCCAE sign MoU to support agricultural SMEs

The MoU will see the two parties identify collaboration opportunities in food security and also support SMEs and startups in the agriculture sector

MoCCAE, EDB sign MoU

The UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MoCCAE) and Emirates Development Bank (EDB) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up a scheme to offer finance solutions to modern agricultural SMEs and startups.

According to the state news agency, WAM, the MoU aligns with the ministry’s efforts to scale up local agricultural production to increase the sector’s role in strengthening food security in the UAE.

Mohammed Mousa Alameeri, Assistant Under-Secretary for the Food Diversity Sector at MoCCAE, said, “Improving local agricultural production through promoting the adoption of modern agriculture is a priority for MoCCAE in line with its strategy to enhance food security.

“The agreement with the EDB falls within the ministry’s efforts to join forces with strategic partners to explore opportunities that drive agricultural and fisheries production and launch appropriate financing schemes to attract entrepreneurs.”

Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi, CEO of EDB, said, “The EDB is focused on supporting sectors that diversify the economy towards non-oil GDP, and develop sectors that are a national priority for economic self-reliance and those that offer stable and sustainable growth. We are pleased to sign this MoU, which is in line with our efforts to support the food security sector that includes agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and water desalination as well as other tech-based food and agricultural solutions.”

Al Naqbi added, “The MoU reflects our commitment to the UAE’s National Food Security Strategy 2051, which focuses on implementing resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity. The food security sector is one of the EDB’s priority sectors due to its pivotal role in the sustainable development of the country.

“We will work closely together to explore areas of collaboration and provide flexible and competitive financing and non-financing solutions to support companies operating in this sector.”

Under the MoU, the two parties will identify collaboration opportunities in food security and support SMEs and startups.

The bank will offer financing solutions to modern agricultural businesses, while MoCCAE will host regular seminars and introductory courses on modern agricultural methods and technologies.

In recent news, EDB signed a credit facility agreement with Valiant Healthcare, which owns Valiant Clinic & Hospital, a UAE-based boutique multi-specialty clinic and hospital located in CityWalk Dubai.

Read: Emirates Development Bank inks credit facility agreement with Valiant Healthcare

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