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    Reference: 20120381
    Release date: 14 November 2012

    Promoter – Financial Intermediary

    Selected local banks that will be risk sharing partners under the Facility

    Location

    Description

    The project is a regional unfunded risk sharing facility ("the Facility") which aims at contributing to bridge the financial services gap for SMEs in ACP countries. Several individual risk sharing agreements will be signed with selected local banks under the framework of the Facility. These operations will provide the banks with a partial credit risk guarantee covering up to 50% of the principal losses incurred under their portfolios of eligible SME loans. The project forms part of the Global SME Finance Facility in which IFC and EIB will be Anchor Investors. KfW and other investors are also expected to participate in the Global Facility. DFID will support the project, among other, by funding capacity building schemes for the participating local banks.

    Objectives

    The credit guarantees will enable and encourage local banks to grow their SME loan portfolio and specifically to increase their local currency lending activities to this business segment. By contributing to improved access to finance for SMEs, the project will support job creation and promote more inclusive and balanced economic growth in ACP countries

    Comments

    Sector(s)

    Proposed EIB finance (Approximate amount)

    EUR 80 million

    Total cost (Approximate amount)

    EUR 400 million

    Environmental aspects

    Within the framework of the Facility, the selected banks will be requested to ensure compliance of their SME lending operations with a harmonised set of policy requirements, including EIB requirements, in particular on environment and procurement

    Procurement

    Within the framework of the Facility, the selected banks will be requested to ensure compliance of their SME lending operations with a harmonised set of policy requirements, including EIB requirements, in particular on environment and procurement

    Status

    Approved - 18/12/2012

    Disclaimer

    Before financing approval by the Board of Directors, and before loan signature, projects are under appraisal and negotiation. The data provided on this page is therefore indicative and cannot be considered to represent official EIB policy (see also the Explanatory notes).

    Related tags

    ACP States Credit lines