Provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 5.0 million in two tranches (a first tranche of EUR 1.25 million and a second tranche of EUR 3.75 million) to Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo JSC ("RBKO") under the Regional SME Competitiveness Support Programme ("CSP").
The project will support investments by SMEs to upgrade production facilities and comply with EU Directives in environmental protection, workers' and product safety and product quality. The eligible investments will be selected based on the technical and financial eligibility criteria set forth in the Policy Statement for the Regional SME Competitiveness Support Programme. Support to SMEs is tailored as a combination of access to finance with TC and non-TC assistance. At least 60% of the use of the proceeds will go towards financing GET-eligible investments in line with the Policy Statement.
ETI score: 60
The project contributes to the objectives of the Regional SME-CSP, supporting the competitive and resilient TI qualities.
Competitive: The project will contribute to: (i) supporting SMEs in accessing finance towards EU standards investments; and (ii) assisting SMEs to access advice and know-how for introducing and implementing EU standards and becoming competitive.
Resilient: Sub-borrowers will be expected to be commercially viable, which will be reflected in the expected strong underwriting expertise and adequate portfolio quality of the PFIs.
RAIFFEISEN BANK KOSOVO JSC
RBKO, a subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International ("RBI"), is the largest commercial bank in Kosovo with EUR 1,022 million in total assets as of YE 2019 (23.3% of the system's total). The entity is headquartered in Pristina and has the largest network in the country with 45 branches and 870 employees as of YE 2019. It operates as a fully owned subsidiary of RBI that is rated A3 (stable) by Moody's and A- (negative) by S&P.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Additionality is achieved by combining long-term financing in the form of a senior loan with technical support and targeted investment incentives into a package that promotes investments that will improve the competitiveness of local SMEs.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Raiffeisen Bank Kosovo's completed EBRD E&S due diligence questionnaire confirmed the client implemented RBI's organisation-wide Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS). Following the stipulation of Performance Requirement 9, paragraph 8, EBRD will accept the application of the IFC's Performance Standards for this transaction (more specifically, the Worldbank / MIGA Environmental and Social Covenants) which are largely aligned with EBRD PRs; however the client will need to implement additional E&S EBRD provisions such as the EBRD's Exclusion list, Category A definition, and Referral requirement, as well as PR2/4 compliance. RBKO will also be asked to undertake an E&S risk screening for exposures under 5mln (currently not required by IFC/MIGA provisions). RBKO will report to EBRD on an annual basis on E&S issues.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
TC: TC will include support for Programme Consultants that will assist with the implementation, marketing and monitoring of the Programme and a separate verification of the technical implementation of the investments by the Sub-borrowers before the incentive payment is released.
Non-TC: EUR 750,000 for incentives to Sub-borrowers for implementation of eligible investments in line with CSP WB Policy Statement.
The TC and the Non-TC resources are provided by the European Union.
This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.
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PSD last updated
22 Dec 2020
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