Washington, D.C., May 27, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, announced today that Banco
del País in Honduras has joined
the IFC Global Trade Finance Program to expand its trade-finance transactions
within an expansive global network and to improve access to trade finance
for businesses in country.
Banpais is the third Honduran issuing bank to join the Global Trade Finance
Program, which supports trade in emerging markets by providing risk mitigation.
By extending and complementing banks’ capacity to provide trade finance,
IFC aims to increase developing countries’ share of global trade and promote
the flow of goods and services among those countries.
Banpaís Executive President María Selman, said: “Our new relationship
with the IFC Global Trade Finance Program will help us provide greater
trade financing support to our small and medium enterprise clients and
increase access to new markets around the world.”
IFC Vice President Thierry Tanoh said, “The entry of Banco del País to
the IFC Global Trade Finance Program is a key element of IFC’s efforts
to improve access to finance for small and medium enterprises in Honduras
and strengthen trade finance in the Central American region."
Under the Global Trade Finance Program, IFC has issued $1.38 billion in
guarantees to facilitate trade flows in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The network of issuing banks for the region has expanded to 39 banks in
15 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic,
Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru,
St. Lucia and Uruguay.
More than 40 percent of the guarantees issued benefited local small and
midsize businesses and supported interregional trade flows between emerging
market nations. For more information about the program, contact Antonio
Alves, Head of Trade Finance for Latin America and the Caribbean Region,
or visit www.ifc.org/gtfp.
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 $16.2
billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 percent increase over the previous year. For
more information, visit www.ifc.org.
About BANCO DEL PAIS
Banpais was established in 1992 in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is a full-service
commercial bank providing a wide range of financial services to over 250,000
retail, commercial and corporate clients through a nationwide network of
more than 170 points of service. For more information, visit www.banpais.hn.