Abu Dhabi fund suspends debt service repayments for countries, companies

ABU Dhabi Fund for Development has suspended debt service repayments for some countries and companies for the year, the state-financed fund has announced.

The fund provides financial assistance to companies in the United Arab Emirates and to developing countries, which has included Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

Debt service repayments would be suspended for eligible countries and individual companies in the developing world from Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, the fund said in a statement.

Countries and companies would need to request to have repayments suspended, it said.

The fund did not say what the criteria would need to be met to be eligible for the scheme.

“At a time when the world is reeling under the effect of the pandemic … it is imperative for us to support particularly those that need it most, especially the low-income countries,” the fund’s director-general Mohammed Saif al-Suwaidi said. – Thomson Reuters Foundation.

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