FIF - Cairo Amman Bank SME Loan WB&G

Location:

West Bank and Gaza

Project number:

53497

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Approval date:

06 Sep 2022

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

04 Aug 2022

Project Description

Provision of a medium-term senior unsecured loan of up to USD 8.0 million (EUR 7.8 million equivalent) in favour of Cairo Amman Bank Palestine ("CABP") for on-lending to MSMEs in the West Bank.

Project Objectives

Contribution to the expansion of private sector MSMEs and support of further development of the Palestinian Banks.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The project is expected to support the Competitive and Resilient transition qualities. It seeks to increase the availability of financing to the MSME segment and contribute to the competitiveness of financial institutions through focusing on reaching regional clients and attracting new ones, as well as to ensure prudent underwriting and risks management practices coupled with adequate portfolio quality.

Client Information

CAIRO AMMAN BANK FPSC

Cairo Amman Bank is a universal bank with Head Office in Amman and operating through a network of 100 branches and offices in Jordan and 22 in West Bank and Gaza.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD .00

N/A. The funding for the project will come from EBRD West Bank and Gaza Net Income Allocation Trust Fund ("WBGTF").

Total Project Cost

USD 8,000,000.00

USD 8,000,000

Additionality

EBRD offers longer term financing targeting MSME sub-borrowers.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Cairo Amman Bank Palestine will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's PRs 2, 4 and 9, implement the applicable EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for MSME and Corporate loans, and submit AE&S Reports to the Bank. CABP will be required to apply the updated Exclusion List introduced with ESP 2019 as well as the new Referral list.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A.

Company Contact Information

Firas S. Najjab, Deputy Regional Manager / Business Group
Firas.Najjab@CAB.ps
+970 2 297 7230
+970 2 297 9758
https://www.cab.ps/
P.O. Box 1870, Ramallah, Palestine

PSD last updated

04 Aug 2022

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