Manila, Philippines, December 17, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is deepening its partnership with the
Bank of the Philippine Islands by signing its first risk-sharing facility
agreement in the Philippines to enhance the bank’s lending for sustainable
energy projects and help mitigate climate change.
The risk-sharing facility with the Bank of the Philippine Islands, one
of the country’s largest banks, will help mainstream sustainable energy
finance to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The
agreement—the first such accord to be signed by IFC and a financial institution
in East Asia outside of China—comes as nations negotiate an international
agreement to curb carbon dioxide emissions at the United Nations Climate
Change Conference in Copenhagen.
“We are taking full advantage of IFC’s support and global experience
to help develop our portfolio of sustainable energy loans and leases, and
pursuing the perceived higher-risk renewable energy market with greater
confidence,” said Gil A. Buenaventura, Chief Operating Officer for the
Bank of the Philippine Islands.
James Scriven, IFC Director for Global Financial Markets, said, “The partnership
between IFC and the Bank of the Philippine Islands is part of our strategy
to scale up lending to projects in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
This is essential for enabling market-based approaches in developing countries
to address climate change.”
In the past, IFC has been supporting the Bank of the Philippine Islands’
lending to energy efficiency projects already through its Sustainable Energy
IFC is the only international financial institution focused exclusively
on the private sector, the engine of sustainable development in emerging
markets. Along with IBRD, it is currently seeking a capital increase to
strengthen its ability to create opportunity for the poor in developing
countries—including by supporting lending for sustainable energy projects.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, creates opportunity for people to
escape poverty and improve their lives. We foster sustainable economic
growth in developing countries by supporting private sector development,
mobilizing private capital, and providing advisory and risk mitigation
services to businesses and governments. Our new investments totaled $14.5
billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries
during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About the Bank of the Philippine Islands
BPI’s corporate mission is to be the leading private financial institution
in the Philippines in terms of professional competence, service quality,
responsible corporate citizenry, and overall growth and stability. It aims
to be an established ASEAN financial institution with a creditable worldwide
outreach. For more information, visit www.bpiexpressonline.com.