Ndjamena, Chad, June 17, 2014 – IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today signed a cooperation agreement
with the Ministry of Plan and International Cooperation to lay the foundation
for leasing facilities to increase access to finance for small-scale entrepreneurs
for them to strengthen and expand their businesses.
Leasing is an innovative financing solution for small and medium enterprises
that often lack the credit history or sufficient collateral required by
most banks to finance the necessary equipment to heighten productivity.
Mrs Mariam Mahamat Nour, Minister of Plan and International Cooperation
of Chad, said, “Leasing is particularly useful as a financial instrument
for small and medium enterprises in Chad because they often lack the credit
history or sufficient collateral to access traditional forms of financing.
We are very grateful to IFC for assisting us in introducing leasing in
IFC’s Africa Leasing Facility assists in creating a legislative and regulatory
environment favorable for leasing, provides capacity-building for leasing
stakeholders, and mobilizes investment in the continent’s leasing industry.
IFC Country Manager for Cameroon, Chad, Congo Rep., Equatorial Guinea,
Gabon, Sao Tome & Principe, Henri E. Rabarijohn, said, “Countries
looking to rebuild and diversify their economies, such as Chad, stand to
benefit greatly when equipment is more accessible to its small business
owners, especially in the agribusiness, mining and power sectors. With
the necessary financial tools available to them, Chadian’s entrepreneurs
have the capacity to make a tremendous impact on the economy and play an
important role in the country’s future development.”
Over the past five years, IFC’s Africa Leasing Facility has trained more
than 10,000 small business owners through almost 250 training sessions,
assisted in the passage of 16 legal, regulatory and tax laws regarding
leasing, and mobilized investment in five leasing projects in Sub-Saharan
Africa worth almost $27 million.
The ALF II program is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic
Affairs, SECO. For more information on IFC’s Africa Leasing Facility,
please visit: www.ifc.org/africaleasing.
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