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IFC Supports Azerbaijan’s AccessBank to Increase Funding for Micro and Small Businesses


In Baku:
Rasmina Gurbatova
Phone: +994 12 497 7698 ext. 416
E-mail:
RGurbatova@ifc.org

In Tbilisi:
Tamar Barbakadze
Phone: +995 32 223 43 00/01/02
E-mail: TBarbakadze@ifc.org


Baku, Azerbaijan, December 24, 2012—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $15 million loan to Azerbaijan’s AccessBank to increase funding for micro and small businesses in Azerbaijan, supporting job creation and economic development.

This IFC loan will help the bank expand its lending to small, low-income entrepreneurs who are often underserved by commercial banks. Through its extensive branch network the bank will provide much-needed finances, particularly in rural areas, thereby reducing poverty in these regions.

“Growth of micro and small businesses is often hampered by a lack of access to financial services, in particular in the regions of the country and for small agricultural businesses, stated Michael Hoffmann, General Manager of AccessBank. “AccessBank was created to close this gap, to create a more inclusive financial system. IFC’s loan will help us move forward in this direction.”

Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus, stated, “Through this project, AccessBank, our long-term partner, will increase lending to micro and small businesses engaged in sectors like trade, services, and agriculture. This cooperation is yet another step forward in implementing our strategy in Azerbaijan to foster sustainable growth and diversification of the economy through investment and advisory support to the non-oil sectors.”

IFC, acting with other international financial institutions, promoted the establishment of AccessBank in 2002. The bank is now the leader in micro and small business finance in Azerbaijan, providing crucial financial services to the poor.


Azerbaijan became a member of IFC in 1995. Since then IFC has invested about $364 million in Azerbaijan to support more than 60 private sector projects in the financial services, infrastructure, and manufacturing sectors. IFC also implements advisory programs to improve the business climate, strengthen financial markets, and increase resource efficiency.

About IFC
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, mobilizing capital in international financial markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments. In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion, leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation, and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org.

For more information about AccessBank, please, visit: www.accessbank.az  

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