EDB inks MoU with Paraguay’s Development Finance Agency

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Emirates Development Bank (EDB), a key financial engine for the economic development and industrial advancement of the UAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Paraguay’s Development Finance Agency (Agencia Financiera de Desarrollo, AFD), establishing a strategic partnership between the two parties.

EDB and AFD will harness their respective resource advantages and professional expertise, to build a long-term, effective, and mutually beneficial relationship in the areas of employee skill training, agritech, and food security financing solutions, impact evaluation, and digitalization of processes especially in support of SMEs.

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“We are committed to strengthening our partnerships with leading international finance and banking institutions to boost knowledge-sharing and enhance our economic and social impact. Today’s MoU with Paraguay’s Development Finance Agency presents a powerful platform for us to expand our capabilities and further empower SMEs and large corporates in sectors of national priority in line with the UAE’s industrial and economic development strategies. We are delighted to collaborate with AFD and leverage their outstanding capabilities and professional expertise in agritech financing and the digitalization of financing processes while sharing our vast experiences in financing SMEs and providing smooth and flexible access to capital. We look forward to working togther to make a positive impact and achieve mutual success.”

For her part, Ms. Teresa Velilla, President of Agencia Financiera de Desarrollo, said that, “We are excited to sign this MoU with Emirates Development Bank. We believe the agreement will deliver a wide range of benefits to both sides with a focus on capacity building and access to expert resources to help develop products and processes that make it easier for SMEs to get access to finance.”

“EDB’s wealth of first-hand experience working with a large number of SMEs will be important to understand what these enterprises need in order to accelerate their growth and strengthen their economic contribution. Similarly, AFD’s experience in financing agritech businesses and using technology and the digital solution will help both sides accelerate financing innovation to promote economic growth,” Ms. Velilla added.

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