EBRD and Green Climate Fund promote green lending in Tajikistan

By Anton Usov

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University of Thessaly, Volos.

  • US$ 4 million financing package to MDO HUMO
  • Promoting green financing in Tajikistan under GEFF
  • Better access to green technologies for local SMEs

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Green Climate Fund (GCF) continue supporting small private companies in Tajikistan, which are willing to invest in green technology solutions by offering new funds to the one of the country’s leading microlenders MDO HUMO. The official signing ceremony held with participation of Khamidiyon Orzu, Deputy Meyer of Kulyab city.

A new financial package of US$4 million will be provided by the EBRD and the GCF under the Bank’s Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF). It will consist of an EBRD loan of US$3 million, which will be disbursed in local currency, and concessional financing of US$ 1 million by the GCF. 

HUMO was the first financial institution in Tajikistan to join GEFF back in 2019 and successfully utilised the first loan. The new funds will help increase access to green technologies for local households and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The project is supported by technical assistance funded by the GCF and the government of Korea, and incentive payments from the EU’s Enhanced Competitiveness of Tajik Agribusiness Programme (ECTAP), which promotes competitiveness in the agribusiness sector.

HUMO is a subsidiary of Gojo & Company Inc., a Tokyo-based investment holding company promoting greater financial inclusion in developing countries. It is the second largest microfinance institution in Tajikistan serving mainly small and microbusinesses in retail and agribusiness sectors.

The GEFF programme is part of the Bank’s Green Economy Transition (GET) approach and the EBRD is planning to scale up its climate and environmental finance and make more than 50 per cent of its annual investment green by 2025.

Through GEFF, the EBRD supports businesses and households investing in green technologies. Since the launch of this financing instrument, and with the support of donors, the EBRD has distributed over €5 billion via more than 170 participating financial institutions to support more than 218,000 green investments across 28 countries. The programme helps avoid almost 9.5 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

To date, the EBRD has invested €854 million through 148 projects in Tajikistan’s economy.

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