Hanoi, Vietnam, June 28, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide Vietnam’s Techcombank
with a $30 million loan to increase U.S. dollar financing for small businesses
in the export and import sector, helping sustain their operations amid
the global credit tightening.
Techcombank will be one of the first
two banks to benefit from IFC’s newly launched Vietnam Small and Medium
Enterprises Liquidity Facility program, which offers U.S. dollar financing
to local banks for lending to businesses involved in trade-related activities.
“Joining IFC’s Vietnam Small and Medium
Enterprises Liquidity Facility program is part of our effort to grow our
core business of lending to trade-oriented small and medium enterprises,”
said Simon Morris, Techcombank‘s CEO. “Thanks to IFC’s support, Techcombank
will be able to expand the availability of loans in U.S. dollars for importers
and exporters that are facing difficulties finding capital.”
Over the last five years, IFC provided
more than $1 billion to support small and medium importers and exporters
in Vietnam through its Global Trade Finance Program. Techcombank has been
the program’s largest user in Vietnam.
“IFC is committed to improving U.S.
dollar liquidity in Vietnam’s banking sector so that banks can keep financing
small businesses in today’s tight credit conditions,” said Simon Andrews,
IFC’s Regional Manager for Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Lao PDR. “We
expect to have more partner banks participating in this program, creating
more opportunities for importers and exporters and other businesses along
the supply chain.”
IFC has been a partner of Techcombank
since 2003, providing both investment and advisory services to help expand
access to finance to Vietnamese small and medium enterprises, a key engine
of the country’s growth.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth
by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and
governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets.
In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, we helped our
clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute
to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time
high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit
Established in 1993, Techcombank is
one of the largest joint stock banks in Vietnam, consistently posting growth
in excess of 85 percent on both total assets and net income in 2010 and
2011. As of March 31, 2012, Techcombank’s total assets and total loans
outstanding stood at 178.144 trillion Vietnamese dong and 59.997 trillion
Vietnamese dong, respectively. With an extensive network of more than 300
branches/transaction offices and over 8,000 professionally trained staff,
Techcombank is well placed to serve nearly 60,000 corporate clients and
more than 2 million individual customers all over the country. For more
information, visit www.techcombank.com.vn.