Silema, Malta, December 26, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $30 million loan to Malta-based
FIMBank to support cross-border trade in the Middle East and Africa.
The loan will help FIMBank offer trade
financing to companies that import and export food, consumer goods, and
machinery. The loan is designed to boost trade between Europe, the Middle
East, and Africa, supporting economic development.
“The support of partners such as IFC
signals an important vote of confidence in the FIMBank Group and its activities,”
said FIMBank President Margrith Lutschg-Emmenegge. “We will continue to
contribute to generate trade by increasing trade finance opportunities
which increases development within these emerging economies.”
Launched in 2009, the Global Trade Liquidity
Program has helped support about $20 billion in trade volume by channeling
capital from more than 600 banks and development finance institutions at
a time of global scarcity in trade finance.
“Expanding trade finance is a key element
of IFC’s strategy in the region,” said Aftab Ahmed, IFC Financial Markets
Director for Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. “With easy and
affordable access to trade finance, local entrepreneurs can reach new markets,
grow their businesses, and hire more employees.”
IFC has been a shareholder in FIMBank
since 2005 and is also a partner in FIMBank’s factoring joint ventures
across the world in Russia, Egypt, and Brazil. The loan is part of IFC’s
efforts to support trade finance in the Middle East and Africa, which helps
promote private sector development in those regions.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth
by financing investment, mobilizing capital in international financial
markets, and providing advisory services to businesses and governments.
In FY12, our investments reached an all-time high of more than $20 billion,
leveraging the power of the private sector to create jobs, spark innovation,
and tackle the world’s most pressing development challenges. For more
information, visit www.ifc.org.