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IFC, Amen Bank Expand Partnership to Boost Investment and Economic Growth in Tunisia

In Rabat
Catherine Gozard, IFC
Telephone: +212 537 544 300

In Tunis
Boutheyna Bouhlel Hammami, Amen Bank
Telephone: +216 71 148 107

Tunis, Tunisia, November 9, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amen Bank signed an agreement today to help strengthen the bank’s positioning as a key player in the Tunisian financial system.

IFC’s advisory team will help Amen Bank develop a comprehensive investor relations management framework aimed at improving financial communications nationally and globally. It will also help the bank better communicate on its strategy and pursue its development.

“IFC is a key partner in helping us develop our business and allowing us to better serve the Tunisian people and businesses,” says Ahmed El Karm, President of Amen Bank.

With over 162 branches across the country, Amen Bank is one of the largest private banks in Tunisia. Part of a leading financial conglomerate, it also has ambitions to develop its business outside the country, especially in Sub-Saharan countries.

“The financial sector is playing a key role in the development of Tunisia’s economic activities,” said Joumana Cobein, IFC Country Manager for the Maghreb region. “Improving banks’ visibility is critical to ensure they have access to the financing they need to encourage growth and job creation.”

The project is part of a larger long-term financial and technical assistance partnership between IFC and Amen Bank. IFC has a 10 percent equity stake in Amen Bank and has already successfully helped the bank enhance its risk management framework.

Since 2011, IFC has invested $145 million in Tunisia to support businesses in the agribusiness, health, SME private funds and microfinance sectors to help create jobs and spur economic growth. The work is part of broader IFC efforts in the Middle East and North Africa to improve the business climate and restore investor confidence.

About IFC

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

About Amen Bank

Amen Bank is the fourth-largest bank in the country and the second-largest private bank in Tunisia. At the end of 2015, Amen Bank had 7.9 billion dinars in total assets and 5.1 billion dinar in deposits, 162 agencies and six majority stake subsidiaries active in the finance sector. Amen Bank is a leader in several fields including the financing of services, foreign-exchange transactions, financing projects and Internet banking services. For more information, visit

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