Emirates Development Bank Highlights Its Role as Key Financial Enabler of 4IR Transformation at Inaugural Champions Network Assembly

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Abu Dhabi: Emirates Development Bank has participated in the inaugural Champions Network Assembly, which was organized by the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT) to connect entities in its ‘Champions 4.0 Network’ with stakeholders, industrial companies and SMEs to explore collaboration opportunities and exchange ideas on how to accelerate the adoption of 4IR technologies in the UAE’s industrial sector.

As part of MoIAT’s UAE Industry 4.0 program, the Champions 4.0 Network brings together pioneering organizations to share best-practice on the deployment and utilization of advanced technologies with companies across UAE industry, showcasing the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on operational efficiency, quality and productivity. The Network is a key element of the ministry’s efforts to transform the industrial sector into a sustainable, long-term engine of growth and elevate its contribution to national GDP.

As one the Industry 4.0 Champions, EDB showcased its role as a key financial Enabler of 4IR transformation with a range of flexible financing solutions tailored to companies seeking to invest in advanced technology or accelerate their digital transformation journeys.

During a session titled “Why is the UAE investing in technology?” EDB Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Mohamed Al Naqbi outlined the strategic importance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the long-term, sustainable growth of the UAE economy, and underscored EDB’s key role to deliver finance to accelerate the integration of its tools and applications.

“The UAE is committed to diversifying the national economy towards non-oil GDP, and this means developing sectors that are a national priority for economic self-reliance and offer strong, stable and sustainable growth – including advanced technology,” he said. “The potential rewards are clear. The UAE Industry 4.0 program is forecast to increase industrial productivity by 30 percent by 2031 while the successful deployment of artificial intelligence could, according to PwC, contribute as much as US$96 billion to UAE GDP by 2030 – and reduce government spending by up to 50 percent.

“EDB is supporting these efforts by delivering financial and non-financial assistance to projects and businesses built around 4IR technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of Things; to companies seeking to integrate advanced technologies into their operations; and to projects that enhance the UAE’s digital infrastructure. Our unique evaluation criteria, which prioritizes companies and projects that promise substantial economic impact, means we are able to rapidly mobilize finance to advanced technology projects in line with these national objectives.”

Following the panel discussion, EDB hosted a roundtable with CEOs and CFOs from a number of UAE companies from across industry sectors. The purpose was to discover the challenges they are facing, the market potential of their sector and the opportunities presented by advanced technology tools, as well as explore ways in which EDB’s range of direct and indirect financing can help them to expand and diversify their businesses. In addition to advanced technology financing, these solutions include capex financing, greenfield and brownfield financing, and renewable and energy efficiency financing.

About Emirates Development Bank

Emirates Development Bank [EDB], headquartered in Abu Dhabi, was established under Federal Law by Decree No. 07 of 2011 issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE. It became operational in June 2015. The Bank unveiled its new strategy in 2021 reinforcing its identity as one of the key drivers of the UAE’s economic recovery. EDB offers financial and non-financial support to SMEs, startups and large corporates operating in strategic priority sectors in the UAE, as a step to boost their contribution to the country’s non-oil GDP. The Bank also provides home finance support to the UAE Nationals. EDB operates two branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.