Bishkek, July 17, 2009—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, will invest $5 million in Demir Kyrgyz
International Bank (DKIB), a top commercial bank in the Kyrgyz Republic,
to support the bank’s lending activities to micro, small, and medium enterprises.
The long-term loan will also help the bank grow and diversify its loan
Sevki Sarilar, General Manager of DKIB,
said, “Our vision is to be a leading customer-oriented bank focused on
supporting the private sector in the transition economy of the Kyrgyz Republic.
IFC’s loan will enable us to penetrate the micro, small, and medium enterprise
segment and serve a larger number of clients.”
“Small businesses have limited access
to resources, especially to long-term financing, in the current challenging
global economic environment,” said Shahbaz Mavaddat, IFC Director for
Southern Europe and Central Asia. “IFC is pleased to support DKIB and
enable the bank to provide financing for growing businesses, contribute
to private sector development, and create employment opportunities in Kyrgyzstan.”
IFC is a founding shareholder in DKIB
with an equity stake of 15 percent. Other shareholders include Halit Cingillioglu,
a Turkish business man and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
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. IFC’s new
investments totaled $16.2 billion in fiscal 2008, a 34 percent increase
over the previous year. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
Demir Kyrgyz International Bank is a
closed joint-stock company, which was incorporated in the Kyrgyz Republic
in 1997. The bank is among the top five commercial banks in the Kyrgyz
banking sector in terms of asset size, capital, and profit. Demir Kyrgyz
International Bank has a network of four branches. The bank contributes
to the development of the economy and the banking sector of the Kyrgyz
Republic and has a big impact on the local banking system.