Press Releases
print

IFC PROVIDES US$10 MILLION FINANCING TO SEYCHELLES BANK


L. Joseph
Phone:(202) 473-7700
Fax:(202) 974-4384
E-mail:ljoseph@ifc.org


WASHINGTON, D.C., February 19, 1999 – The International Finance Corporation signed an agreement today to provide a loan of US$10 million to the Seychelles International Mercantile Banking Corporation, known by its trade name Nouvobanq.  Established in 1991, Nouvobanq is the only locally incorporated commercial bank in the country.

The IFC loan will provide long-term financing to Nuovobanq for onlending to small and medium export-oriented enterprises in the agro-industry, fisheries and services sectors.  This will help the small but open Seychelles economy – now dependent on tourism -- to diversify.  The project will also strengthen Nouvobanq's balance sheet, making it more attractive to private investors.  In addition, IFC will help Nouvobanq find a suitable strategic partner which would accelerate the full privatization of the bank.


IFC, part of the World Bank Group, fosters economic growth in the developing world by financing private sector investments, mobilizing capital in the international financial markets, and providing technical assistance and advice to government and businesses.