Luanda, Angola, November 8,
2019—IFC, a member of the
World Bank Group, today opened an office in Angola to deepen its support
for private sector development and economic diversification the country.
IFC has been engaged in Angola since 1997 supporting smaller business,
the financial sector, and manufacturing. The new office, located in Luanda,
will allow IFC to work more closely with the public and private sectors
to help strengthen Angola’s investment climate, increase job opportunities,
especially for young people and women, and diversify the economy by further
supporting agribusiness, tourism, financial services, and other sectors.
Angola’s Minister of Finance, Vera Daves, said, “IFC’s presence in Angola
underscores its commitment to helping Angola diversify its economy and
cultivate a thriving private sector. A stronger private sector will help
to address many of our development challenges, create jobs, and boost sustainable
Sérgio Pimenta, IFC Vice President for the Middle East and Africa, said,
“A permanent office in Angola will help us engage more closely with public
and private sector partners in the country to support the creation of markets
and better respond to opportunities and challenges that arise in the marketplace.
We look forward to helping Angola better leverage its assets and realize
its strong potential for poverty reduction and growth.”
In July 2019, IFC announced a $100 million investment in Banco Millennium
Atlântico to support increased small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
lending in the country. The investment is paired with an advisory project
to help Banco Millennium Atlântico expand lending to women-owned businesses.
Angola is one of the least diversified economies in the world. IFC and
the World Bank recently published a private sector diagnostic, Creating
Markets in Angola: Country Private Sector Diagnostic,
which identified the economic challenges facing the country, but also the
numerous opportunities to stimulate sustainable economic growth and development
by harnessing the power of the private sector.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide,
using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities
where they are needed most. In fiscal year 2019, we delivered more than
$19 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging
the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared
prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.