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IFC Invests in Retail Chain Rubliovskiy to Support Private Sector in Belarus


In Kyiv:
Olena Harmash
Phone: +380 44 490 64 00
E-mail: OHarmash@ifc.org

Minsk, Belarus, February 4, 2015 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing up to $10 million to a leading Belarusian private retailer, the Rubliovskiy Group, to support the company’s growth plans in a volatile macroeconomic environment and help strengthen Belarus’ private sector.
 
IFC’s debt financing will be used by the fourth-largest Belarusian food retailer to finance the construction of five new stores, refinance a part of its bank debt and enhance its working capital needs. IFC is also supporting the Group with advisory services on improving food safety practices, to help improve efficiencies and operating standards in local supply chains.

“IFC’s finance and advice have helped us reach a leading position in the Belarusian retail market,” said Natalya Shablinskaya, general director of Belinterproduct, part of the Rubliovskiy Group. “Our new joint project will help support our business and spur growth, despite a volatile market and challenging macroeconomic environment.”

Rufat Alimardanov, IFC’s Country Manager for Belarus and Ukraine, said: “This financing to our long-term partner Rubliovskiy will help further develop the retail sector in Belarus. We hope it will also boost investor confidence and help catalyze other investments in the Belarusian private sector.”

The Rubliovskiy Group employs around 6,300 people and is expected to create up to 600 jobs in the next four years, of which over half are expected to be taken by women. The retailer, which sources more than 80 percent of its purchases from local producers, also supports a large number of indirect jobs and contributes to small and medium enterprise development in the country.

The Rubliovskiy Group has been an IFC client since 2008. IFC’s advisory work on food safety standards is being implemented in Belarus in partnership with the Austrian Ministry of Finance.

About IFC

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Working with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, we use our capital, expertise, and influence, to create opportunity where it is needed most. In FY15, our long-term investments in developing countries rose to nearly $18 billion, helping the private sector play an essential role in the global effort to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, please visit www.ifc.org

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