Belgrade, Serbia, June 22, 2012
—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing Société Générale
Srbija with a €70 million loan to increase access to finance for Serbian
agribusinesses, supporting economic growth, employment and exports.
The loan is part of IFC’s strategy
to strengthen the region’s banking sector and support the country’s economic
recovery by boosting lending to the agribusiness sector. In Serbia, about
45 percent of the population lives in rural areas and about one-third rely
on agriculture for their livelihood. In 2010, IFC also approved a €40
million agribusiness loan to Société Générale in Serbia.
“Société Générale Srbija has a strategic
partnership with IFC and we are working together to increase lending to
agribusinesses in Serbia,” said Mr. Gilles Verseils, Vice-President of
the Executive Board of Société Générale Srbija.
Agriculture is a key part of Serbia’s
economy, accounting for about 20 percent of gross domestic product. In
2011, Serbia’s total agricultural exports increased by 20 percent year-on-year,
reaching $2.8 billion (€2.2 billion).
“We are working with Société Générale
to ensure that finance continues to flow to agricultural producers that
need it,” said Tomasz Telma, IFC Director for Europe and Central Asia.
“IFC’s loan will increase funding to agribusiness, which generates
significant exports and employment opportunities in Serbia.”
Serbia became a member of IFC in 2001.
Today, IFC's investment portfolio in Serbia stands at €681 million ($861
million), including financing mobilized from other partners. Through its
advisory services, IFC aims to improve the country’s investment climate,
increase the use of renewable energy, strengthen corporate governance,
and attract private sector participation in the development of infrastructure
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 our investments to an all-time
high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
For more information about Société
Générale Banka Srbija, visit www.societegenerale.rs