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IFC invests in Agricultural Bank of Mongolia


In Ulaanbaatar
Dorjnamjim Lhaajav

+97611 312 694 x204

Email:
dlhaajav@ifc.org

In Beijing

Zhu Wenqin

Tel: +8610 6505 8686 x8060

Email:
wzhu@ifc.org

In Hong Kong

Desmond Dodd

Tel: +852 2509 8183
Email:
ddodd@ifc.org


Washington, D.C., September 15, 2004—The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide a financing package of $3 million to Agricultural Bank of Mongolia, one of country’s major financial institutions. The investment encourages the development of a stronger private banking sector and industry best practices through the recently privatized institution.

IFC will provide a $1.2 million equity investment along with a $1.8 million term loan to help strengthen AgBank’s capital base and expand the bank’s operations in support of productive micro and small businesses, herders and small agricultural enterprises in rural areas across Mongolia. Also, Development Alternatives, Inc., which has managed Agricultural Bank of Mongolia since 2000, will invest $300,000 in new common stock.


“There is an urgent need to strengthen Mongolia’s financial institutions in order to support private sector development and to ensure the provision of banking services to the small and medium businesses and microenterprises, which have traditionally lacked access to such products. As a multilateral development institution, IFC is very pleased to help promote banking reform and modernization in Mongolia” said Javed Hamid, regional director for East Asia and the Pacific. Karin Finkelston, Associate Director for China and Mongolia, added “Banking reform and modernization is at the core of IFC's strategy for promoting private sector development in Mongolia. We hope that our support for the banking sector will help improve its disclosure and transparency, making Mongolian banks more accountable to stakeholders.”  .


Agbank was established as an independent institution in 1991, being spun-off from the rural and agricultural financing operations of the former state monopoly bank. In March 2003, government’s 100% equity interest in AgBank was  privatized through a purchase of shares by HS Securities, Japan, through an international tender.


Chairman Hideo Sawada noted, “AgBank now has four shareholders—three strong private companies from Mongolia, Japan and America, and an important multilateral investor, IFC. The diverse experience of these investors and the extended contract with DAI are a strong foundation for the Bank’s future growth.”  AgBank CEO J. Peter Morrow commented, “We welcome IFC and DAI as new investors in the Bank.  The capital increase will support our rapid growth, and we look forward to the active support of these prominent international organizations.”


The mission of IFC (
www.ifc.org) is to promote sustainable private sector investment in developing countries, helping to reduce poverty and improve people’s lives.  IFC finances private sector investments in the developing world, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, helps clients improve social and environmental sustainability, and provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses. From its founding in 1956 through FY03, IFC has committed more than $37 billion of its own funds and arranged $22 billion in syndications for 2,990 companies in 140 developing countries. IFC’s worldwide committed portfolio as of FY03 was $16.8 billion for its own account and $6.6 billion held for participants in loan syndications.