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UAE Central Bank Adopts Programme Worth $70 Billion to Support Economy Amid COVID-19 Crisis

© AFP 2022 / KARIM SAHIBA man wearing a protective mask stands at a racetrack overlooking Dubai following the UAE's decision to postpone the upcoming Dubai Horse Racing amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, on March 23, 2020 in Dubai
A man wearing a protective mask stands at a racetrack overlooking Dubai following the UAE's decision to postpone the upcoming Dubai Horse Racing amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, on March 23, 2020 in Dubai - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates (CBUAE) on Sunday said it had rolled out a set of capital and liquidity relief measures worth a total of 256 billion UAE dirham ($69.7 billion) to support the country's economy and banking sector throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
"The aggregate value of all capital and liquidity measures adopted by the CBUAE since 14 March 2020 has reached AED 256 billion, consisting of AED 50 billion capital buffer relief, AED 50 billion zero cost funding support, AED 95 billion liquidity buffer relief, and AED 61 billion reduction of cash reserves requirements", the bank said in a press release.

The CBUAE has also extended its so-called Targeted Economic Support Scheme (TESS) to defer principal and interest payments on loans for affected retail and corporate customers until 31 December.

"The CBUAE continues to take appropriate and necessary actions to support the UAE economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The additional measures announced today will effectively relieve the pressure on financial institutions, allowing them to continue to carry out their crucial role as the backbone of the economy while offering the required relief and continued access to funding for businesses and households", Central Bank Governor Abdulhamid Saeed was quoted as saying in the press release.

The UAE has so far confirmed 1,505 COVID-19 cases, including 10 fatalities.

As of Sunday, the number of coronavirus cases  has surpassed one million globally with a total of 58,620 fatalities, according to the World Health Organisation.

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