Tawazun Economic Council has announced the launch of the Defence and Security Development Fund with a capital of AED 2.5 billion, or US$ 680 million. The Fund, which will be used to enhance the defence and security sector of the United Arab Emirates, will unveil key financing and investment programs at IDEX 2019.
The Fund was established in order to encourage the private sector to invest in the fields of defence and security, and contribute to the development of national and technological industries, said Tareq Abdul Raheem Al Hosani, Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun Economic Council.
The launch of the Fund stems from the vision of Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates, and the directives of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
The Defence and Security Fund will play a vital role in supporting the private sector to meet the strategic needs of the state – through bringing forward innovative solutions to meet the current and future challenges for the development of the defence and security sector, said Al Hosani.
The fund will help enable and develop non-oil economic sectors as well as support the national economy, said Saif Mohammed Al Hajeri, Chairman of the Department of Economic Development. He added that the launch of a fund dedicated to the development of defence and security industries is aligned with the Accelerators Programme, “Ghadan 21”, by the Abu Dhabi Government.
The Fund will focus on three main areas including: strategic technology investments and intellectual property; strengthening innovation & industrial capabilities; and development of SMEs and local companies, said Abdullah Nasser Al Jaabari, Chief officer and Head of Defence and Security Development Fund. The Fund operates a two-pronged approach model, through investment and financing. He further stated that the Fund will launch specialized financing programs in the last quarter of the year.
“We have ambitious strategic plans that meet the technical needs of strategic partners in the next five years and have therefore started working on our pilot projects in 2018,” said Al Jaabari. “At IDEX 2019, we will be announcing a few of our quality projects that aim to reaffirm the UAE’s position in intellectual property and franchises, especially in the technology sector.
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