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IFC LAUNCHES EURO GLOBAL MEDIUM TERM NOTES OFFERING


Brigid Janssen
Phone: (202) 458-4698    
Fax: (202) 974-4384
E-mail: bjanssen@ifc.org


WASHINGTON, D.C., November 17, 1999 - The International Finance Corporation launched a Euro 50 million equity-linked issue (approximately US$ 52 million equivalent) under its Global Medium Term Note program. The 2-year notes carry a coupon of 10.25 percent and an issue price of 101.875 percent. The redemption price of the bonds is linked to the performance of a basket of three European telecommunications company stocks. The proceeds of the issue were swapped into US dollar floating rate funds. The lead manager is ING Barings/BBL.
This transaction represents the 25th borrowing for the fiscal year 2000, and brings IFC's market borrowings for FY00 to about US$1.35 billion. The funds which IFC raises in the international capital markets are used to support the operations of IFC, including funding its lending operations.
IFC, part of the World Bank Group, fosters economic growth in the developing world by financing private sector investments, mobilizing capital in the international financial markets and providing technical assistance and advice to government and businesses. Its long-term debt is rated triple-A by both Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service.