From January 1, 2021, banks and finance companies participating in the Scheme will be able to provide new loans and facilities to customers affected by the pandemic within the applicable terms and conditions set by the Tess standards. Under this new extension, the Central Bank will extend the duration of the Zero Cost Facility (ZCF) of Dh50 billion, which benefits retail and corporate banking customers and facilitates liquidity management for banks through collateralised funding at zero cost, for an additional period of six months. The scheme was first launched in March 2020 to support individuals and private sector firms through a range of integrated relief measures to the banking sector related to funding, liquidity, lending and capital. “The Central Bank remains committed to supporting the financial system of the UAE by taking the required measures to accelerate economic recovery from Covid-19 repercussions. The extension of applicability period of the Tess will provide relief for retail, small and medium sized enterprises, and corporate banking customers. We believe that this initiative will shield the economy from the impact of the pandemic and place us in an ideal position to recover, once the pandemic is over,” said Abdulhamid M. Saeed Alahmadi, governor of the Central...read more...