World Bank says to set up office in Abu Dhabi's ADGM

New Abu Dhabi Global Market office will exercise full functions of World Bank
World Bank says to set up office in Abu Dhabi's ADGM
The World Bank has announced it will be establishing its regional office in Abu Dhabi Global Market.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 12 Feb 2019 04:42 PM

The World Bank has announced it will be establishing its country office in Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM), Abu Dhabi's financial hub.

Serving as the World Bank’s platform in the UAE, the new bureau will exercise its full functions including the facilitation of research on relevant policy issues, providing technical assistance to local governments on appropriate sustainable development programmes, and supporting initiatives that increase shared prosperity.

Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of Finance, UAE said: “We welcome the World Bank Group to the UAE and congratulate them on the decision to set up its office in Abu Dhabi with the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

"As a global business hub and corporate citizen, the UAE can relate to the World Bank Group’s commitment to create sustainable economic growth and improve the well-being and livelihood of the communities across developing countries. 

"We will continue to work closely with like-minded authorities and organisations to share knowledge and promote innovative solutions that will address the growth and needs of the UAE and the neighbouring region.”

Ferid Belhaj, World Bank vice president for the Middle East and North Africa, added: “The UAE has been a strategic partner of the World Bank Group on various levels. We are grateful to the government of UAE and ADGM for supporting the establishment of this office which will help us strengthen our partnership.”

Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market said: “The establishment of the World Bank office in ADGM and their strategic mission resonates with our commitment to foster greater capital formation, drive sustainable financing and investments towards the long-term economic growth and development of the community.

"ADGM looks forward to working with the World Bank team collaborating with the right partners to support global initiatives, create jobs, improve access to health services, and maximise finance for development.”

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