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EFSE signs USD 20 million senior loan with Bank Republic in Georgia

09/10/2013 09:48 (190 Day 08:45 minutes ago)

The FINANCIAL -- The European Fund for South Eastern Europe (EFSE) – initiated by KfW Development Bank (KfW) with the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission – agreed to a USD 20 million senior loan facility with Bank Republic to support the bank’s lending activities to micro and small enterprises (MSEs) in Georgia.

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Bank Republic is committed to actively pursuing its strategy to grow the MSE lending business over the coming years. The EFSE credit line will be disbursed through Bank Republic’s microfinance distribution channel of 28 branches all over the country, funding over 1,600 new loans.


“We are pleased to have Bank Republic on board as a new Partner Lending Institution in Georgia,” says Monika Beck, Chairperson of the Board of EFSE. “With its dedicated microfinance distribution channels, Bank Republic is a perfect fit to enhance the EFSE’s outreach in this dynamically developing country of the European Neighbourhood region.”


Christian Carmagnolle, CEO of Bank Republic: “Bank Republic offers its business clients MSE loans among other products. With the loan agreement signed with our new partner EFSE, Bank Republic will be able to reach more entrepreneurs who need financing to develop their business. We are pleased to contribute to the development of this important sector of the national economy.”


The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) aims to foster economic development and prosperity in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Turkey. As access to finance is a key success factor in developing the micro, small and medium enterprise segments, the EFSE focuses on assisting local financial sectors in strengthening their ability to ensure adequate and sustainable financing. The funding the EFSE provides as long-term finance primarily for micro and small enterprises (MSEs) – but also for private households in the form of home improvement loans – is channelled to these loan customers through local partner lending institutions. Supporting the EFSE’s investment activities is the EFSE Development Facility, which provides partner lending institutions with technical assistance, consulting and training services to build operational capacities and professional management.


Initiated by KfW Development Bank (KfW) on 15 December 2005 from four multi-donor programs under its management, the EFSE is the first public-private partnership of its kind and the first privately managed fund in development finance to leverage private funding for MSE finance in the target region. Capital is provided by donor agencies, international financial institutions and private institutional investors, including the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the European Commission (EC), the Government of Albania, Small and Medium Business Credit Support CJSC (SMBCS), a subsidiary of the Central Bank of Armenia, the Development Bank of Austria (Oesterreichische Entwicklungsbank - OeEB), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Danish International Development Agency (Danida), KfW as Lead Investor, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Netherlands Finance Company (FMO), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), Sal. Oppenheim and Deutsche Bank.


Oppenheim Asset Management Services S.à r.l, Luxembourg, and Finance in Motion GmbH, Germany, are, respectively, the EFSE’s Fund Manager and Fund Advisor.

 

 

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