Dhaka, Bangladesh, April 26, 2014
– IFC, a member of World Bank Group, will work with IDLC Finance Limited
to promote access to banking services for small businesses by scaling up
credit approval processes, and improving risk management and business development
skills of IDLC’s frontline employees.
IFC’s advisory assistance will help
IDLC implement an advanced credit scoring model based on credit portfolio
data. This will reduce time needed to approve loans, decrease cost of loan
sourcing, and ensure efficiency in operations. IFC and IDLC will also conduct
a special awareness-raising campaign for women entrepreneurs.
During the two-and-a-half-year project,
IDLC will disburse 10,000 loans worth $370 million to small and medium
enterprises (SMEs). IFC will provide IDLC with SME-focused training on
sales, credit, and client relationships. IDLC will build and run a call
center, 'SME Helpline', which small businesses can call for information
on financial services or to discuss business and service-related issues.
“Being a market leader in the Bangladesh
SME financing space, we continuously strive to reach and set global best
standards in financing small and medium businesses. The cumulative average
growth rate of 68% of our SME portfolio over the last four years and our
industry-best non-performing loan ratio is a testament to our efforts,”
said Selim R.F. Hussain, Chief Executive Officer, IDLC Finance Bangladesh
Limited. “IFC is the right partner to help us further extend our SME financing
operations,” he added.
IFC works with financial partners in
Bangladesh to help increase access to, and improve affordability of, finance
for small enterprises. IFC supports product standardization, new product
development, risk management, business development, and automation, while
promoting environment-friendly financing.
“IFC is keen to see a robust small and medium enterprises sector in Bangladesh.
This partnership will enhance the skills of IDLC professionals specializing
in small enterprises, enabling easier access to finance for Bangladeshi
entrepreneurs,” said Kyle F. Kelhofer, IFC Country Manager for Bangladesh,
Nepal, and Bhutan.
IFC has a growing investment program in Bangladesh.
IFC’s advisory services focus on improving business operating environment.
IFC works with the government to design and implement programs to introduce
business-friendly policies, laws and regulations, while strengthening the
institutions that implement them.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. Working with private enterprises in more than 100 countries,
we use our capital, expertise, and influence to help eliminate extreme
poverty and promote shared prosperity. In FY13, our investments climbed
to an all-time high of nearly $25 billion, leveraging the power of the
private sector to create jobs and tackle the world’s most pressing development
challenges. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.