FIF - EgyptWIB - Export Development Bank

Location:

Egypt

Project number:

52550

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

16 Nov 2021

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

18 Nov 2021

As per section 1.4.2 (iii) of the Directive on Access to Information: "For Projects approved by Bank management where the Board of Directors has delegated the approval authority, the PSD shall be disclosed at the start of the relevant no-objection notification period to a member country of the Bank in accordance with Article 13 (iii) of the Agreement Establishing the EBRD."

Project Description

Provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to USD 5 million to Export  Development Bank of Egypt (EBE) for on-lending to women-led small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt

Project Objectives

The EBRD loan will support EBE's lending activities and expand access to finance for underserved women-led SMEs.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 80

  • Inclusive: The project aims to expand the access to finance opportunities for women-led SMEs by expanding the offering of the client and building the capacity to better cater to the needs of women businesses.
  • Competitive: The project aims to reinforce the client's SME lending practices, with a specific focus on women-led SMEs.

Client Information

EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BANK OF EGYPT

Export Development Bank of Egypt is the 14th largest bank in Egypt by assets (USD 4.5bn as of June 2021). The bank has market shares of approximately 0.9%, 1.3%, and 1% by assets, loans, and deposits respectively as of June 2021. EBE is listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange, with majority state-ownership and ca. 25% free float.

 

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 5,000,000.00

USD 5,000,000.00

 

Total Project Cost

USD 5,000,000.00

USD 5,000,000.00

 

Additionality

The WiB loan offers a combination of longer-term financing than what is available in the market and technical expertise into a package that promotes financing for women-led SMEs in Egypt.

 

Environmental and Social Summary

  • Categorised FI (ESP 2019). EBE is a new Client to the Bank and an Environmental and Social Due Diligence (ESDD) was undertaken via the review of a completed targeted questionnaire.
  • ESDD has shown that the Client is compliant with PRs 2 and 4 related to labour management and Health and Safety, and has some elements pertaining to environmental risk management of its portfolio; such as confirming national E&S requirements are met.
  • The Client will be required to implement EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending, and conducts its business in line with PRs 2, 4, and 9.
  • EBE's E&S performance will be monitored through the review of annual reports.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The WiB loan will be accompanied by a technical cooperation programme and a first-loss risk cover component, covering EBE's losses at up to 10% of the EBRD loan amount. 

Company Contact Information

Yasmin Medhat Sabri
yasmin.sabri@ebebank.com
(+202) 28101512| Ext.: 51623
www.ebebank.com
78, South Teseen Road 5th District, New Cairo Egypt P.O Box : 22 Post Code : 11835

PSD last updated

18 Nov 2021

Understanding Transition

Further information regarding the EBRD’s approach to measuring transition impact is available here.

Business opportunities

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General enquiries

Specific enquiries can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

The ESP and the associated Performance Requirements (PRs) set out the ways in which the EBRD implements its commitment to promoting “environmentally sound and sustainable development”.  The ESP and the PRs include specific provisions for clients to comply with the applicable requirements of national laws on public information and consultation as well as to establish a grievance mechanism to receive and facilitate resolution of stakeholders’ concerns and grievances, in particular, about environmental and social performance of the client and the project. Proportionate to the nature and scale of a project’s environmental and social risks and impacts, the EBRD additionally requires its clients to disclose information, as appropriate, about the risks and impacts arising from projects or to undertake meaningful consultation with stakeholders and consider and respond to their feedback.

More information on the EBRD’s practices in this regard is set out in the ESP.

Integrity and Compliance

The EBRD's Office of the Chief Compliance Officer (OCCO) promotes good governance and ensures that the highest standards of integrity are applied to all activities of the Bank in accordance with international best practice. Integrity due diligence is conducted on all Bank clients to ensure that projects do not present unacceptable integrity or reputational risks to the Bank. The Bank believes that identifying and resolving issues at the project assessment approval stages is the most effective means of ensuring the integrity of Bank transactions. OCCO plays a key role in these protective efforts, and also helps to monitor integrity risks in projects post-investment.

OCCO is also responsible for investigating allegations of fraud, corruption and misconduct in EBRD-financed projects. Anyone, both within or outside the Bank, who suspects fraud or corruption should submit a written report to the Chief Compliance Officer by email to compliance@ebrd.com. All matters reported will be handled by OCCO for follow-up. All reports, including anonymous ones, will be reviewed. Reports can be made in any language of the Bank or of the Bank's countries of operation. The information provided must be made in good faith.

Access to Information Policy (AIP)

The AIP sets out how the EBRD discloses information and consults with its stakeholders so as to promote better awareness and understanding of its strategies, policies and operations following its entry into force on 1 January 2020. Please visit the Access to Information Policy page to find out what information is available from the EBRD website.

Specific requests for information can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

If efforts to address environmental, social or public disclosure concerns with the Client or the Bank are unsuccessful (e.g. through the Client’s Project-level grievance mechanism or through direct engagement with Bank management), individuals and organisations may seek to address their concerns through the EBRD’s Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM).

IPAM independently reviews Project issues that are believed to have caused (or to be likely to cause) harm. The purpose of the Mechanism is: to support dialogue between Project stakeholders to resolve environmental, social and public disclosure issues; to determine whether the Bank has complied with its Environmental and Social Policy or Project-specific provisions of its Access to Information Policy; and where applicable, to address any existing non-compliance with these policies, while preventing future non-compliance by the Bank.

Please visit the Independent Project Accountability Mechanism webpage to find out more about IPAM and its mandate; how to submit a Request for review; or contact IPAM  via email ipam@ebrd.com to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.

 

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