Washington, D.C., March 30, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, announced that Banco Interamericano de
Finanzas (BIF) has become the first bank in Peru to join its Global Trade
Finance Program, to increase short-term financing for export and import
small and medium local firms and help mitigate the impact of the global
With IFC’s support, BIF will expand its trade finance capacity, as an
issuing bank, to provide loans for pre-export and post-export operations
in key job-creating sectors in Peru, including textiles, manufacturing
The IFC Global Trade Finance Program supports trade with emerging markets
worldwide by providing risk mitigation. By extending and complementing
banks’ capacity to deliver trade finance solutions, IFC aims to increase
developing countries’ share of global trade and promote South-South flows
of goods and services. The program now has a network of more than 300 participating
banks from around the world.
“Joining IFC’s Trade Finance Program will help us provide trade solutions
to our clients and take advantage of the opportunities brought by the recently
signed bilateral free-trade agreement with the U.S., one of Peru’s main
trading partner.” said Juan Ignacio de La Vega, BIF’s General Manager.
Roberto Albisetti, IFC Country Manager for Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and
Venezuela, said, “IFC´s support to BIF is in line with our strategy in
Peru to improve access to finance for SMEs and to expand global trade opportunities
for local firms, helping mitigate the impact of the financial crisis”.
IFC strategy in Peru is to promote sustainable development by supporting
private sector projects. Priority sectors include the financial, microfinance,
infrastructure, agribusiness, and tourism sectors. IFC is also developing
programs to enhance social benefits of the extractive industry and has
extensive programs to help improve investment climate for local businesses.
As of June 2008, IFC’s committed portfolio in the country was close to
Since launching the Global Trade Finance Program, IFC has issued $1.3 billion
in guarantees to facilitate trade flows with Latin America and the Caribbean.
The network of issuing banks for the region has expanded to 33 banks in
13 countries. More than 40 percent of the guarantees issued benefited local
small and midsize businesses and supported interregional trade flows between
emerging market nations. For more information about the program,
contact Antonio Alves, Head of Trade Finance for Latin America and the
Caribbean Region, at email@example.com,
or visit www.ifc.org/gtfp.
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 $16.2
billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 percent increase over the previous year. For
more information, visit www.ifc.org/lac.
BIF has been an IFC client since 2007 and is the fifth-largest commercial
private bank in Peru. Since its foundation, it has focused on commercial
banking with emphasis in foreign trade and corporate banking. For more
information please visit: www.bif.com.pe.