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EBRD begins project work in Jordan with trade boost for companies

US$ 30m trade finance line agreed with INVESTBANK

Author(s):Nibal Zgheib
Date:30 September 2012

The EBRD is launching its investments in Jordan by partnering with INVESTBANK to help Jordanian companies engage more widely in international trade so that they can grow further and contribute to the country’s economic development.

The EBRD has signed an agreement with INVESTBANK establishing a US$ 30 million trade finance line to support international trade transactions with tenors of up to 3 years. For intra-regional transactions with EBRD countries of operations, these tenors will go up to 5 years.

The project is the EBRD’s first in Jordan and the southern and eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region. It is an extension of the Bank’s Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP), which makes it easier for companies to sell their products abroad and to buy the equipment they need in order to grow from foreign suppliers.

Under the agreement with INVESTBANK, the EBRD will issue guarantees for international trade transactions conducted by the Jordanian bank. INVESTBANK will benefit from the TFP programme’s unique technical skills transfer initiative and its extensive trade network. It will also enhance its own trade finance products by providing longer maturities.  

INVESTBANK was established in 1982 and has grown to be a boutique bank catering to the corporate and mid-market corporations as well as the upper retail group.  It offers a full range of innovative products and services along with comprehensive packages that are built around their clients’ needs. In addition to this, INVESTBANK’s subsidiaries offer brokerage, supply chain financing and logistics as well as leasing products and services.

Francis Malige, EBRD Director for Financial Institutions, said: “The inclusion of INVESTBANK in the TFP network will allow the bank to expand its correspondent network and advance working relationships in trade finance worldwide. EBRD was very impressed with the professionalism of INVESTBANK’s transaction team engaged on this project.”

Commenting on this partnership, INVESTBANK’s CEO Muntaser Dawwas said: “Through this agreement, INVESTBANK aspires to better serve the Jordanian business and trade community by focusing on economic innovations and facilitating the procedures of financing international trade.

“These range from supporting and funding import and export companies, to offering comprehensive banking services and innovative solutions by utilising the latest technologies to address our clients’ needs,” Mr Dawwas added.  

Launched in 1999, the Trade Facilitation Programme aims to promote foreign trade to, from and among the EBRD’s countries of operations. Through the programme, the EBRD provides guarantees to international confirming banks and short-term loans to selected banks and factoring companies for on-lending to local exporters, importers and distributors.

The TFP programme currently includes over 100 participating banks in 20 countries of operations with limits exceeding €2 billion in total, as well as more than 800 confirming banks throughout the world.

About INVESTBANK

INVESTBANK offers a full range of banking services in Jordan and employs more than 350 employees in over nine branches in major cities throughout the Kingdom. INVESTBANK meets the needs and requirements of its clients through banking services for corporates, SMEs, individuals, wealth management and investments. The Bank’s subsidiaries include Al Imdad (supply chain financing and logistics), Tamkeen Leasing and Al Mawared for Brokerage.

INVESTBANK plans to cover all the needs of the market through the provision of comprehensive packages, services and innovative products to all its clients. For more information, please visit www.investbank.jo


Last updated 28 September 2012

Nibal Zgheib
Communications Adviser - Tel: +44 20 7338 7753

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