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IFC Financing Promotes Home Ownership in Egypt


In Cairo:
Nada Shousha

Phone: 0020 2 2 461 9150
Email:
nshousha@ifc.org

In Cairo
:

Riham Mustafa

Phone: 0020 2 2 461 9150, ext. 306

E-mail:
rmustafa@ifc.org


Cairo, June 5, 2007—IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, today signed an investment and advisory agreement with the Egyptian Mortgage Refinance Company, the country’s first mortgage liquidity company. The financing includes an equity investment of up to $3.5 million and a partial credit guarantee facility of up to $10 million that will help the company build its operational capacity and internal systems and help it issue bonds with varying maturities to develop the mortgage and capital markets in Egypt.

The project encourages primary mortgage lenders, banks, and housing finance companies to provide longer-term, market-based loans for residential housing, increasing access to finance and home ownership.  By providing longer-term loans, the company will help more people afford and buy homes.


IFC Advisory Services in the Middle East and North Africa - PEP-MENA - will advise EMRC on key areas, including operational policies and procedures, human services and product administration, and developing an information technology infrastructure.


“We are happy to collaborate with IFC and hope to build a strong partnership that leverages our local expertise with IFC’s international experience. The Egyptian mortgage market is growing rapidly with collaboration between public, private, and multilateral entities. We look forward to working closely with all our stakeholders to foster an affordable housing market in Egypt,” said Iman T. Ismail, EMRC’s Managing Director.


Dr. Mahmoud Mohieedin, Minister of Investment, said, "The mortgage market in Egypt has been significantly growing over the past few years, originating over LE 1 billion loans. The Ministry of Investment, in collaboration with various international organizations, is consolidating efforts to promote this sector. Today, we welcome IFC's contributions and their investments in the Egyptian Mortgage Refinance Company, which play a vital role in providing long-term financing to mortgage finance companies and banks to achieve the overall objective of affordable housing in Egypt."


Michael Essex, IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said, “EMRC is operating in a challenging environment, where it must develop an entirely new business model in a sector that is relatively undeveloped in Egypt. We expect that our investment and advisory services package will help develop the sector.”


Real estate and property financing are key elements of economic growth. A developed mortgage market promotes an efficient housing finance system and makes home ownership more affordable. A developed housing sector also creates jobs in construction and industries that supply building materials and furnishings.


“This cooperation resulted from our efforts to develop and sustain the mortgage finance market in Egypt,” said Osama Saleh, Chairman of the Mortgage Finance Authority. “Joining forces with IFC is another milestone in our dynamic evolution and supports our vision to increase home ownership,” he added.


About IFC

IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, promotes open and competitive markets in developing countries.  IFC supports sustainable private sector companies and other partners in generating productive jobs and delivering basic services, so that people have opportunities to escape poverty and improve their lives. Through FY06, IFC Financial Products has committed more than $56 billion in funding for private sector investments and mobilized an additional $25 billion in syndications for 3,531 companies in 140 developing countries. IFC Advisory Services and donor partners have provided more than $1 billion in program support to build small enterprises, to accelerate private participation in infrastructure, to improve the business enabling environment, to increase access to finance, and to strengthen environmental and social sustainability. For more information, please visit
www.ifc.org.

About IFC PEP-MENA

IFC PEP-MENA is a multidonor facility for advisory services that supports private sector development across the Middle East and North Africa. IFC PEP-MENA focuses on improving the business enabling environment, strengthening financial markets, supporting SME development, and promoting privatization and public-private partnerships. From its inception through FY06, IFC PEP-MENA has committed more than $20 million in advisory projects. Its activities are funded jointly by IFC and the following donors: Canada, France, the Islamic Development Bank, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States.


About the Egyptian Mortgage Refinance Company

EMRC, Egypt’s first mortgage liquidity company, was established in June 2006 as a joint stock company. It refinances and purchases long-term residential mortgage loans by primary lenders. It also issues bonds and notes in the capital market to raise funds. The company is majority-owned by subscribers of its primary mortgage lenders and partially owned by the Central Bank of Egypt, which has an 18 percent share. For more information, please visit
www.emrc-online.com.