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IFC and Georgia’s Basisbank Help Boost Access to Finance for Georgian Businesses


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

Tamuna Khaduri, Basisbank
Phone: +995 322 922 922
Mobile: +995 599 656 777
E-mail: tamuna.khaduri@basisbank.ge


Tbilisi, Georgia, April 4, 2018—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has joined forces with Basisbank to boost access to working capital and trade finance for Georgia’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs), helping them expand their businesses, create jobs, and tap into new markets.

Access to finance is among the biggest challenges for doing business in Georgia, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index 2017-2018. To help address this, IFC is providing a $10 million loan to Basisbank, a subsidiary of the Hualing Group, one of China’s largest private enterprise groups, to enable it to on-lend trade-related working capital to Georgia’s exporters and importers.

Basisbank has also signed on as an issuing bank in IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP). As part of the deal, IFC will provide the bank with a trade finance guarantee line of $2 million, helping it facilitate its clients’ trade transactions and boost cross-border trade.

“The partnership will help us enhance our trade finance capacity, offer best solutions to our SME clients, and help grow their businesses globally,” said David Tsaava, General Director, Basisbank.We are also delighted to join IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program, which will further strengthen our position in the trade finance segment and help expand our outreach to exporting and importing companies.”

By supporting a smaller-sized bank, IFC is also expected to foster greater competition among Georgian banks.

“Access to trade finance is vital for businesses that depend on cross-border trade to remain viable and seek new opportunities for growth,” said Jan van Bilsen, IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus. “Our cooperation with Basisbank is part of our wider efforts to support private sector growth in Georgia.”

Georgia became an IFC member in 1995. Since then, IFC has committed around $1.83 billion in long-term financing, including nearly $940 million in mobilization, in 59 projects in financial services, agribusiness, manufacturing, and infrastructure. IFC has also supported more than $385 million in trade through its trade finance program, and implemented advisory projects to help develop the private sector.

The GTFP supports trade in emerging markets by providing partial or full guarantees for individual trade transactions. It has an international network of more than 500 bank partners in 150 countries, helping SMEs access the global trading system, and has supported more than $64 billion in trade in the last 13 years.
 
About IFC
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In FY17, we delivered a record $19.3 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to help end poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.


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About Basisbank
Basisbank is a fast growing, internationally recognized mid-sized banking institution operating in Georgia with a strong market reputation and solid international support. Headquartered in Tbilisi, Basisbank’s operations span Georgia’s most economically active regions, through a network of 22 branches and its 416-strong sales force. In 2012, the Hualing Group, the largest conglomerate in China, acquired 90 percent of Basisbank’s shares, subsequently increasing this to 92.78 percent in 2014. For more information, visit www.basisbank.ge