The Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) said it signed a MoU with the Saudi British Bank (SABB) to strengthen and broaden cooperation on financing solutions and banking services, including on a deal regarding the purchase of residential units.
As per the agreement, both parties will also work together on refining DGDA’s investment opportunities, in addition to offering comprehensive banking services to the organization and its staff at competitive rates, stated the Authority in a statement.
The MoU focuses on establishing a set of corporate and retail banking services for DGDA, inclusive of e-commerce products, such as import and export Letters of Credit, import and export document collections, bank letters of guarantee, and shipping letters of guarantee.
It will allow DGDA’s staff to take part in training courses aimed at improving their personal finance skills, said the statement.
Under this deal, SABB’s Corporate Banking Group will also extend cash flow management, collection and payment services to the Authority, while the Retail Banking Group will provide personal and real estate financing solutions.
Additionally, SABB will establish a specialized account management product that measures “off-plan sales” and includes a comprehensive reporting system that enables DGDA to maintain a clear, detailed view of its ongoing projects.
The agreement seeks to improve cooperation in areas related to investment and banking solutions that serve a variety of functions related to DGDA and its projects to achieve their strategic goals, said Jerry Inzerillo, the Group Chief Executive Officer of DGDA, after signing the deal with Tony Cripps, the Chief Executive Officer of SABB.
Inzerillo emphasized the importance of collaboration between the two sides, highlighting the agreement’s ability to create pathways for better fiscal efficiency, ensure business continuity, and seamlessly streamline management decisions within DGDA.
The services DGDA anticipates receiving from SABB, he said, are crucial to helping DGDA achieve its objectives and will help provide an unforgettable discovery experience within Diriyah.
According to him, the MoU also lays the foundation for establishing real estate funds to finance the development of property for sale, lease and other specified purposes.
Cripps pointed out that the MoU covers the possibility of providing dynamic fiscal management products tailored to the specific needs of each of DGDA’s projects, as well as comprehensive corporate and retail banking solutions.
The two sides, he said, would also discuss viability consulting, structured and project financing, and joint financing operations with other financial institutions.
In unilateral action, the agreement seeks to create avenues to exchange experience, with SABB providing feasibility studies and in-depth consultations covering investment opportunities available to DGDA.
Cripps affirmed that the MoU is a valuable measure to support the Authority and its ongoing development, leveraging SBB’s ability to deliver innovative financial solutions.
The collaborative agreement will also help DGDA classify real estate developers according to set qualification standards and the overall credit capacity of the company.
Working with the Bank’s Treasury Group, the agreement additionally aims to establish a set of comprehensive frameworks to facilitate direct investment and manage foreign exchange functions, he added.-TradeArabia News Service