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EBRD offers new funds to Kazakhstan’s Bank CenterCredit

By Anton Usov

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  • EBRD extends US$ 60 million financing package to Bank CenterCredit
  • Funds to promote green and small business lending
  • Latest project under the EBRD’s GEFF

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is providing new funds, creating growth opportunities and facilitating green lending in Kazakhstan by offering a financial package of US$ 60 million to one of the country’s largest lenders, Bank CenterCredit (BCC).

It will consist of a local currency loan of up to US$ 20 million equivalent under the EBRD’s Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF), designed to support domestic businesses ready to invest in climate mitigation and adaptation technologies and services. The financing will be supported by grant funding from the Climate Investment Funds.  

The remaining US$ 40 million (in local currency equivalent) will be provided for further on-lending to domestic micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). The funds will help them to cope with the after-effects of the pandemic and will provide sustainable long-term financing for the economy of Kazakhstan. The loan will be supported by grant funds from the EU Investment Facility for Central Asia under the Regional Small Business Programme for Central Asia.

The GEFF programme is part of the EBRD’s Green Economy Transition (GET) approach, through which the EBRD aims to become a majority green bank by 2025. The programme operates through a network of more than 145 local financial institutions across 27 countries, supported by more than €4.6 billion of EBRD financing for 190,000 clients to date. These projects have led to annual CO2 emission reductions of more than 8.6 million tonnes so far.

In 2022 the EBRD marks 30 years since Kazakhstan joined the Bank. With more than US$ 10.3 billion invested in the country to date, this is the largest and longest-running uninterrupted banking operation of the EBRD in Central Asia.

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