Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, May 15, 2020—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, has signed two agreements with Mongolia’s
Financial Regulatory Commission (FRC) with the aim of developing green
financing, as well as improving access to financial products and services
for the country’s micro, small and medium enterprises.
The move will see the introduction of value chain finance (VCF) in Mongolia,
to help the country’s micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs)
access funding from financial institutions. It follows earlier work which
allowed MSMEs to use their moveable assets as a basis for borrowing loans.
The project builds on the government of Mongolia’s ongoing efforts to
increase agricultural exports, develop local suppliers and make use of
technology such as e-platforms.
Under the memorandums of understanding, IFC will also work with FRC to
develop a market for green finance in Mongolia, particularly green bond
guidelines, and also support financing of environmentally friendly projects
and practices in the country. It will also help expand use of environmental,
social and governance (ESG) standards, and assess climate related risks
in the financial system.
“Sustainability is a priority area for Mongolia. This cooperation with
IFC will support the government’s initiatives in green growth by developing
regulations and policies to create a market for green finance, while identifying
new opportunities for climate-friendly investments,” said
Bayarsaikhan Dembereldash, Chairman, Financial
Regulatory Commission. “We also hope that developing value chain financing
in Mongolia will help spur the country’s agribusiness as more small and
medium sized enterprises gain access to funding to expand their operations.”
While Mongolia has successfully developed a basic infrastructure to enable
lending based on movable assets, the movables finance market remains small.
Value chain financing is a relatively new way for MSMEs to obtain credit
as it allows them to leverage the higher credit standings of larger buyers
or suppliers to borrow from financial institutions.
“At a time when enterprises of all sizes are being impacted by COVID-19,
it’s important to look at innovative ways to help small and medium sized
enterprises. In Mongolia, this especially applies in areas like livestock
and agriculture, as enterprises need support to obtain finance to expand
and create jobs,” said Rufat Alimardanov, IFC Resident Representative
for Mongolia. “IFC is also committed to working with the Mongolian financial
sector to promote the sustainability agenda. Since IFC was one of the first
movers in the green bond market, we are well-placed
to use our expertise to help Mongolia develop its green bond market in
line with international standards.”
IFC is one of the world’s largest financiers of climate-smart projects
for developing countries. IFC launched a Green Bond Program in 2010 to
help catalyze the market and unlock investment for private sector projects
that support renewable energy and energy efficiency. As of September 30,
2019, IFC had issued over $10 billion across 157 bonds in 18 currencies.
IFC has also helped develop movable asset finance markets in more than
40 emerging markets including Columbia, China, Ghana, and Vietnam. The
plans to develop Mongolia’s value chain finance market will be delivered
in partnership with Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Economic Affairs
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