WASHINGTON, D.C., September 11, 2000 - Smaller
businesses in the Caribbean region will have greater access to long-term
financing with a new US$50 million loan facility by the International Finance
Corporation and the Bank of Nova Scotia.
IFC and BNS will each contribute $25 million in loans to the facility,
which will be managed by the Bank of Nova Scotia through its local branches,
subsidiaries and affiliates.
Through the facility, small and medium-sized companies that are undertaking
greenfield, expansion and restructuring investments, particularly for export-oriented
projects, can receive loans ranging from $500,000 to $5 million. The facility
will provide long-term financing to companies in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados,
Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica,
St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Other countries
may be included later.
At a time when economic diversification and competitiveness remain critical
to maintaining economic growth, the facility will bring tremendous benefits
to the region by helping to expand competitive industries and services,
increasing exports and generating foreign exchange and creating employment
opportunities, said Karl Voltaire, IFC Director of Latin America and the
The mission of IFC, part of the World Bank Group, is to promote private
sector investment in developing countries, which will reduce poverty and
improve people's lives. IFC finances private sector investments in emerging
markets, mobilizes capital in the international financial markets, and
provides technical assistance and advice to governments and businesses.