Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 24, 2014—
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has increased its syndicated loan
to Sri Lanka’s National Development Bank PLC (NDB) by $75 million. This
long-tenor financing will help expand financial services to micro and small
scale enterprises in Sri Lanka.
This funding was raised from several development financial institutions
as part of a larger syndicated financing package signed earlier this year.
With this, the total financing has gone up to $200 million.
The financing comprises a loan from IFC's own account of $20 million, a
$105 million syndicated facility with six international banks, and $75
million from leading development financial institutions namely the Deutsche
Investitions - und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (DEG), Oesterreichische
Entwicklungsbank AG (OeEB), the OPEC Fund for International Development
(OFID), the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO), and the Swiss
Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM).
"This additional component complementing IFC’s financing package
is a validation of our successful scaling up of our loan portfolio across
the country," said Rajendra Theagarajah, Director and Chief Executive
Officer, NDB. “The long-term tenor of the syndication enables us to pass
on this benefit to our clients.”
This is IFC’s largest syndicated loan package in Sri Lanka. It will increase
access to finance across the country, which is critical for the growth
of small businesses, create jobs, and boost economic growth.
“This additional financing brings new international investors to Sri Lanka
and demonstrates growing confidence in the country,” said Adam Sack, IFC
Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives. “IFC is keen to continue partnering
with banks like such as NDB who share our vision of promoting financial
inclusion through increased access to finance.”
Last year, IFC extended a loan of $24 million to NDB to support the bank’s
growth plans, generating employment opportunities and providing access
to long term funding for small businesses.
Sri Lanka is a priority country for IFC. With this financing, IFC’s committed
portfolio in Sri Lanka is $519 million covering projects across a range
of sectors, including infrastructure, tourism, renewable energy, finance,
and healthcare. IFC also provides advisory services to promote sustainable
growth among small and medium enterprises by facilitating access to finance,
and by offering capacity-building and training opportunities.
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