Kyiv, Ukraine, October 2, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $20 million trade finance
guarantee to Ukraine’s OTP Bank to help the bank expand its foreign trade
financing and increase access to finance for private sector businesses.
OTP Bank is Ukraine’s third commercial
bank to join the IFC Global Trade Finance Program as an issuing bank. The
bank will have access to the program’s global network of more than 170
issuing banks and over 180 confirming banks.
“Ukraine’s economy is export-driven
and IFC’s trade finance program will help us expand foreign trade and
support our customers’ international transactions, thus playing a vital
role in the country’s economic recovery,” said Dmitriy Zinkov, OTP Bank
Through the trade finance program, IFC
provides partial or full guarantees for individual trade transactions and
covers the payment risk of issuing banks in various countries. It
allows issuing banks to increase the volume and value of trade transactions,
with enhanced tenors and access to competitive pricing terms.
“We are pleased that another Ukrainian
bank will benefit from IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program,” said Elena
Voloshina, IFC Country Representative in Ukraine. “IFC financing
will help facilitate trade flows, enabling local small and medium businesses
to reach new customers and new markets. OTP Bank is our long-standing
partner in Ukraine and we are glad to continue cooperating.”
In July 2009, IFC provided a $40 million
trade finance guarantee to the JSC State Export Import Bank of Ukraine
to support its foreign trade operations. In 2008, IFC provided a
$30 million trade finance line to Ukraine’s Raiffeisen Bank Aval under
the Global Trade Finance Program.
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 $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing
countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About OTP Bank
OTP Bank is a public joint-stock company,
headquartered in Kyiv, Ukraine. The bank is a universal fully operating
bank with over 150 branches and banking units throughout the country. It
was established in 1998 as a Ukrainian subsidiary of a foreign bank. Since
2006, OTP Bank JSC has been a 100 percent subsidiary of OTP Bank Plc, Hungary.
OTP Group is one of the largest financial groups in Central and Eastern
Europe. For more information, visit www.otpbank.com.ua.