Abu Dhabi, UAE: 27 July 2021 – The Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) and Etihad Credit Insurance (ECI), the UAE federal export credit company, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to inject capital into the UAE’s industrial sector and support local industrialists.
The new MoIAT-ECI partnership offers a package of financial incentives to support UAE exports, offer financing facilities for manufacturers and advanced technology projects, guarantees for industrial loans, an umbrella insurance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and assistance in securing intellectual property rights for startups.
Omar Suwaina Al Suwaidi, Undersecretary of MoIAT, and Massimo Falcioni, CEO of ECI, inked the MoU formalizing the collaboration. Under the terms of the agreement, the two entities aim to provide products and facilities to support key industrial sectors with a focus on the priority areas of Operation 300bn – MoIAT’s National Strategy for Industry and Advanced Technology. They will also form a permanent taskforce to implement initiatives that contribute to driving the growth of the industrial and advanced technology sectors in the UAE.
As part of the partnership, the Ministry seeks to promote ECI’s trade solutions – including trade credit insurance, trade finance, export finance, project finance, loan repayment, equity insurance for startups and micro-SMEs, and ‘Click & Cover’ online solution for SMEs – through the Make it in the Emirates campaign. On the other hand, ECI will contribute to attaining Operation 300bn’s goal of enhancing the competitiveness of UAE industrial companies in international markets.
The collaboration will also involve other financial institutions and development banks in improving the current offerings and developing innovative products that meet the needs of the industrial and advanced technology sectors.
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, said: “The partnership between the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology and ECI is an important step in boosting the global competitiveness of the UAE’s industrial sector.
“The array of financial incentives and facilities offered through the new partnership will help stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship among the UAE’s leading industrialists as they seek to fully integrate advanced technologies and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) solutions into their production lines.”
His Excellency Dr. Sultan Al Jaber added that the agreement is fully aligned with the UAE leadership’s vision of making the industrial sector a key driver of sustainable future economic growth.
“Cooperation with a major national institution such as ECI will make products made in the UAE easier to access for new global markets while enhancing their competitive advantage and improving the performance of local industry.
“It will also help forge new economic sectors and consolidate the UAE’s position as a global hub for innovation and a leader in industries of the future” he added.
His Excellency Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade and Deputy Chairman of ECI Board of Directors, said: “Easing access to trade and project financing will help advance Operation 300bn and Make it in the Emirates to generate more than double the value of the output of the national manufacturing and industrial sector in the next ten years.
“We believe this collaboration will play a crucial role in boosting the confidence of UAE businesses, thereby enabling them to increase the contribution of the industrial sector in the country's non-oil GDP."
Massimo Falcioni, CEO of ECI, said: "Forging this alliance between ECI and Ministry of Industry & Advanced Technology is a great stimulus in the UAE's vision to enhance industrial sector and attract local and international investment. ECI has always been a catalyst in expanding UAE's business sector through a range of export credit, financing, and investment insurance products. As the UAE Federal export credit company, our suite of innovative trade credit and project financing solutions and services can play a vital role in supporting the 'Operation 300bn' and 'Make it in the Emirates' initiatives by the government.”
As of May 2021, ECI enhanced the competitiveness of the UAE non-oil trade and export by issuing 4,039 revolving credit guarantees in excess of AED 2.5 billion, equivalent to AED 7.5 billion worth of non-oil trade to over 85 countries and eased trade and project finance through guarantees for AED 1.16 billion. A detailed review of the performance has revealed that among the sectors that benefited from ECI's guarantees include cable, steel, petrochemicals, building materials, packaging, automotive, energy, utilities, healthcare, and food.
Despite the economic challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, ECI's continued support of UAE trade and export has helped to protect businesses' cash flows and eased SME's access to trade finance, accelerating economic recovery during this period. These measures provided access to new markets to UAE's exporters and re-exporters. They helped stabilise the UAE economy and create new opportunities for investments and project financing, thereby adding value to the UAE's non-oil GDP, employment, and SME sector development.About the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology
The UAE Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology, established in July 2020, is mandated with strengthening the UAE’s industrial sector, specifically by drawing on the advanced technology and tools of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
The Ministry has three overarching goals: Strengthening the UAE’s industrial base, ensuring in country value, and raising the competitiveness of local industries. By enhancing the contribution of advanced technology, the Ministry will support the country’s sustainable economic growth, and ensure GDP contribution from the industry sector.
The Ministry will draft policies, laws and programmes to create a world-class industrial development framework for the nation that will help attract foreign direct investment, boost In-Country Value creation, support national entrepreneurship, drive job creation, and boost exports of ‘Made in UAE’ products.
From encouraging the establishment of industrial complexes to raising local capacity in advanced technology, the Ministry will accelerate industrial development in a bid to drive economic growth, diversification, value retention and national self-reliance.
For more information, please contact MoIAT’s team at: Media@moiat.gov.ae
About Etihad Credit Insurance
Etihad Credit Insurance (PJSC) was established by the UAE Federal Government and its founders, the governments of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Ajman. The company started its operations in February 2018. ECI plays a catalyst role in supporting the UAE's non-oil exports, trade, investments and strategic sectors development, in line with UAE Vision 2021 agenda.
The UAE Federal export credit company is tasked to accelerate and sustain national economic diversification as well as support the export and re-export of UAE goods, works, services, and the foreign investments of the UAE businesses as well as support the exporters in the domestic trade through a range of export credit, financing and investment insurance products. Since 2020, in response to the country’s economic needs, it started providing credit insurance support to domestic non-oil trade and project financing guarantees too.
To provide UAE businesses with solutions that meet their growth objectives locally and internationally, ECI builds a comprehensive platform of strategic partnerships across government, insurers, re-insurers, brokers, banks and lenders, regional and international Export Credit Agencies, governments and trade promotion agencies in addition to world organisations for economic development.
ECI has also been assigned for the second consecutive year this 2021 with an Insurance Financial Strength (IFS) Rating and an Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of AA- (Very Strong) with Stable Outlook according to Fitch Ratings.
July 28, 2021