Tbilisi, Georgia, September 12, 2016—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is supporting Georgia’s largest private
healthcare services company, EVEX, as it increases access to high-quality,
affordable healthcare services for more
than a million people across the country.
IFC will provide a $25 million senior loan to EVEX, supporting the company
in financing its healthcare service development program and introducing
new services in existing hospitals. That is considered key in Georgia,
where many people still lack access to quality and specialized health services,
like those provided by EVEX. The company runs 35 hospitals, nine district
and 28 express ambulatory clinics across the country.
“I am very pleased to announce the successful completion of an important
long-term funding transaction and to start our co-operation with IFC, supporting
the sustainable development of the Georgian healthcare sector,” said Nikoloz
Gamkrelidze, the company’s CEO. “This loan from IFC will help us to renovate
hospitals and develop new services, contributing to the successful implementation
of our strategy.”
Private sector companies are a key part of Georgia's healthcare system,
providing more than 80 percent of the health services in the country. The
government reimburses private and public hospitals for services they provide
to patients, under the state's universal health coverage.
“The private sector plays an increasingly important role in healthcare
delivery in Georgia,” said Jan van Bilsen, IFC Regional Manager for the
South Caucasus. “This investment is part of our strategy to support private
participation in this sector, providing innovative, efficient healthcare
services that are affordable for a wide section of the population.”
While Georgia’s total healthcare expenditure - at 9 percent of gross domestic
product - is high compared to other emerging countries, it is largely spent
on pharmaceuticals, not health services.
The project is part of a larger effort by IFC to support economic development
in Georgia, which became an IFC member in 1995. Since then, IFC has provided
more than $1.2 billion in long-term financing, of which $436 million was
mobilized from partners. That support covered 55 projects in in sectors
such as financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, and infrastructure.
In addition, IFC has supported around $315 million in trade through its
trade finance program, and implemented a number of advisory projects focused
on developing the private sector.
EVEX operates 35 hospitals, nine district ambulatory clinics, and 28 express
ambulatory clinics in Georgia, covering about 25 percent of total hospital
beds in the country. The company is one of the largest employers in the
country, with around 10,000 employees. EVEX is fully owned by Georgia Healthcare
Group, listed on the London Stock Exchange, a subsidiary of BGEO Group
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working
with 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our six decades of experience to
create opportunity where it’s needed most. In FY16, our long-term investments
in developing countries rose to nearly $19 billion, leveraging our capital,
expertise and influence to help the private sector end extreme poverty
and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org