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IFC and BSTDB Help Unibank Expand Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises in Armenia


In Yerevan:
Anna Dira, IFC

Phone: +374 10 545242

E-mail:
ADira@ifc.org

Lusine Khachatryan, Unibank

Phone: +374 10 555686

E-mail:
khachatryan@unibank.am

In Tbilisi:

Tamar Barbakadze, IFC

Phone: +995 32 223 43 00/01/02

E-mail:
TBarbakadze@ifc.org

In Thessaloniki

Haroula Christodoulou, BSTDB

Phone: +30 2310 290 533

E-mail:
cchristodoulou@bstdb.org


Yerevan, Armenia, December 20, 2013—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) are helping Unibank expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Armenia, to help them grow and create jobs.

IFC and BSTDB will each provide a loan of $5 million to help Unibank address the long-term financing needs of its SME clients, which often struggle to secure the funding they need to develop. IFC, through its Bank Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia, will also support Unibank with advisory services aimed at improving risk management and SME credit processes.  


“The financial resources from international financial institutions, such as IFC and BSTDB, support our strategy to become a loyal partner to our SME customers by offering them a wide range of banking services,” said Vardan Atayan, Chairman of the Executive Board of Unibank. “Thanks to this cooperation, Unibank will get an opportunity to expand its lending program.”


Andrey Kondakov, BSTDB President said: “Supporting small and medium businesses is a key condition for economic growth. This loan is an example of the cooperation that international financial institutions must develop to foster development and employment”.


Supporting the SME sector is one of IFC’s and BSDTB’s priorities in Armenia, and in the wider region.

“Limited access to finance is a key constraint for the private sector, which is critical for creating jobs and the economic growth of Armenia,” said Thomas Lubeck, IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus. “Our cooperation with Unibank will enable the bank to increase financial resources for businesses in a variety of sectors, leading to economic growth.”


The IFC Bank Advisory Program in Europe and Central Asia is supported by funds from the Development Bank of Austria (OeEB).

About IFC

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.

About BSTDB

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) is an international financial institution established by Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. The BSTDB headquarters are in Thessaloniki, Greece. BSTDB supports economic development and regional cooperation by providing loans, credit lines, equity and guarantees for projects and trade financing in the public and private sectors in member countries. The authorized capital of the Bank is EUR 3.45 billion.  BSTDB is rated long-term “A-” by Standard and Poor’s and “A3” by Moody’s. For information on BSTDB visit:
www.bstdb.org.

About Unibank

Unibank CJSC was founded in 2001. The bank has 45 branches across the country and one representative office in Moscow. All the branches of Unibank provide comprehensive banking services. For more information about Unibank, visit:
www.unibank-armenia.com.

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