Dhaka, Bangladesh, October 3, 2011—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has approved $50 million trade finance
lines to Bangladesh’s Brac Bank, Eastern Bank, and Southeast Bank under
the Global Trade Finance program, which promotes trade among emerging markets.
“Bangladesh is a key market for IFC,” said Georgina E. Baker, IFC Director
for Short-Term Financial Products. “Trade is a driving force and an engine
for growth in many developing countries. IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program
will help Bangladesh enhance its engagement with the global trade network.”
Launched in 2005, the IFC Global Trade Finance Program aims to increase
developing countries’ share of global trade and the flow of goods and
services between emerging markets.
Baker, currently on a visit to Bangladesh, said IFC seeks to offer approximately
$250 million in trade finance support in the coming year.
Pledging to further strengthen IFC’s partnership with Bangladesh, Baker
encouraged financial and private institutions and the government to work
together to stimulate positive economic sentiment and increase opportunities
for growth in the country. IFC provides both investment and advisory services
in Bangladesh to strengthen economic sectors and reduce constraints in
In Bangladesh, IFC has a committed portfolio of $268 million in projects
in the cement, banking, private equity, agribusiness, and micro-finance
sectors, among others. Its pioneering work with Delta Brac Housing Finance
Corporation Limited has enabled the establishment of the first-ever private
mortgage company in Bangladesh and the first-ever SME bank, Brac Bank.
With the help of equity investment from IFC, Industrial Development Leasing
Company in 1985 became the first leasing company established in Bangladesh.
Other IFC investments in the country include “Frontier PE,” Bangladesh’s
first equity fund. IFC also invested $12 million to launch Small Enterprises
Assistance Funds—a permanent capital vehicle aimed at supporting 300 small
and medium enterprises.
More recently, IFC launched Bangladesh Small and Medium Enterprise Liquidity
Facility, an $80 million short-term liquidity fund to provide partner banks
in Bangladesh with working capital and trade financing solutions.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing
countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing
advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital
in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty
across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental
performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving
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