QDB and Nakilat sign MoU to support SMEs

Qatar’s premier marine company, Nakilat has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Qatar Development Bank (QDB) to collaborate in areas including marine export credit insurance and financing. The signing ceremony took place at QDB’s head office in Doha recently.

Nakilat managing director, Abdullah al-Sulaiti signed the deal on behalf of Nakilat and its affiliates while QDB chief executive officer, Abdulaziz Nasser al-Khalifa signed on behalf of QDB.

Al-Sulaiti said, “In signing this agreement, we acknowledge our position as the lynchpin in the State of Qatar’s marine industry, and we reaffirm our commitment to the growth and development of the sector. By working together, we will provide solutions and services in the maritime industry, which consequently aids in strengthening the role of the Erhama bin Jaber Al Jalahma shipyard.

“As a result, we will be able to offer competitive products for the maritime industry. In addition, we have future projects that will in turn contribute to the achievement of the Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Nakilat and its affiliates Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar and Nakilat Keppel Offshore and Marine (N-KOM) have a demand for marine export credit insurance, financing and foreign buyers’ and importers financing, services that can be provided by QDB.
QDB and Nakilat agreed to jointly support local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by encouraging entrepreneurs to set up new Qatari companies that specialise in marine and shipyard-related industries.

Al-Khalifa said: “QDB is a devoted advocate for SMEs in Qatar. Through supporting organisations and national institutions programme to help SMEs, QDB managed to secure success that reflected the experience we have and provided a number of opportunities to SMEs to be part of a vibrant and diversified economy. Our signing with Nakilat comes in line with our strategy to encourage entrepreneurs to enter the field of maritime industry, and provide them with the services they need”.

The deal between Nakilat and QDB is all about opening the doors for local SMEs to supply contracts for Nakilat and its affiliates in Qatar. QDB agreed to provide opportunities for SMEs as well as advice, guidance and financing for entrepreneurs to make them certified providers in the maritime industry.

Nakilat, which is the transport arm of Qatar’s liquefied natural gas industry, has the world’s largest fleet of LNG ships. QDB’s Tasdeer programme offers financial solutions and guidance to Qatari businesses that export internationally.