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IFC and CreditBank Help Lebanese Firms Access International Markets


In Beirut:
Annie Parseghian
Phone: + 961 1 987 800
E-mail:
aparseghian@ifc.org
 
In Cairo:
Riham Mustafa
Phone: +20 2 2461 4230
E-mail:
rmustafa@ifc.org


Beirut, Lebanon, June 6, 2013—IFC, member of the World Bank Group, signed a trade finance agreement today with CreditBank, a fast-growing bank in Lebanon, to help its client companies access global markets, boosting trade and spurring growth.

Under the agreement, IFC and CreditBank will help Lebanon-based firms access import and export markets opening up new opportunities for growth and job creation. This effort is part of IFC’s $5 billion Global Trade Finance Program, which works with more than 265 partner banks worldwide. The program offers banks partial or full guarantees, covering risks in transactions where cross-border trade is constrained.


“This partnership with IFC will improve our standing in the local market and help us provide a competitive range of banking services to our trading clients,” said Tarek Khalife, Chairman and General Manager of CreditBank.


Trade finance plays a key role in facilitating cross-border trade as it fills market gaps between importers and exporters by providing guarantees to banks.  CreditBank is one of the seven banks in Lebanon to join IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program.


“Supporting trade is one of IFC’s top priorities in Lebanon, as it is vital to economic integration within the region and with global markets,” said Mouayed Makhlouf, IFC Director for the Middle East and North Africa.


For the past two years Lebanon has benefitted more than any other country in the region from IFC trade finance commitments. Since the program’s inception in 2006, IFC has provided guarantees to banks in Lebanon worth almost $1.35 billion. This is part of IFC’s wider strategy, supporting the private sector by providing a wide array of investment and advisory services to facilitate trade, help smaller businesses access finance, and empower women entrepreneurs.


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