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IFC to Help Armenia’s Ardshininvestbank Improve Risk Management Practices

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Yerevan, Armenia, October 20, 2009—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, signed an advisory services agreement with Armenia’s Ardshininvestbank to help improve the bank’s risk management practices and increase lending to smaller businesses.

The agreement is part of IFC’s broader regional crisis-response initiative focused on strengthening the banking sector to make it more sustainable.

Ardshininvestbank is among the top three banks in Armenia and has an extensive branch network.  In light of the recent financial crisis, IFC is helping the bank enhance its capacity to deal with nonperforming loans, mitigate risks, and strengthen its lending to local entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises to stimulate economic development and job creation.

“As a leading Armenian bank, Ardshininvestbank has attached great importance to risk assessment and management practices since its establishment,” said Karen Balasanyan, Deputy Chairman of Ardshininvestbank’s Management Board.  “We value very much the cooperation with IFC and are confident that our clients will notice the impact of advisory services rendered by IFC experts in the near future.”

Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Head of the Caucasus, said, “We are happy to help one of Armenia’s largest banks address the effects of the global financial crisis and increase the sustainability of its operations. This should create additional opportunities for economic growth in the country.”

IFC, the largest multilateral financial institution investing in the private sector in emerging markets, has launched a broad and targeted set of initiatives to help private enterprises cope with the global financial and economic crisis. These initiatives aim to coordinate responses by individual institutions, catalyze action and investment from other stakeholders, and provide targeted support through IFC’s investment and advisory services to the sectors most affected. To learn more, visit

In addition to providing advisory and investment services to individual clients in Armenia, IFC also organizes seminars to train financial sector executives and managers in credit risk assessment and analysis to help ensure that portfolio risk is properly reflected on bank balance sheets.

About IFC
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. Our new investments totaled $14.5 billion in fiscal 2009, helping channel capital into developing countries during the financial crisis. For more information, visit

About Ardshininvestbank CJSC
Founded in 2003, Ardshininvestbank is one of the largest and most successful banks in Armenia, with  assets totaling about  $320 million as of the end of June 2009. The bank provides a wide range of financial products to its corporate and retail clients with a strategic focus on supporting Armenia’s small and medium enterprise sector. It has 55 branches throughout the country and an office in Paris. For more information, visit