FIF - WB WiB Phase II- NLB Pristina

Location:

Kosovo

Project number:

54057

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

29 Nov 2022

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

29 Nov 2022

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

A senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 3 million, provided in one single tranche, to NLB Pristina for on-lending to eligible women-led MSMEs under the Western Balkans Women in Business Programme Phase II ("WB WiBP II").

Project Objectives

The proceeds will be used to finance eligible women-led MSMEs in accordance with the WB WiBP II Policy Statement.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 68

The project contributes to the objectives of the WB WiB Phase II, supporting the Inclusive and Competitive Transition Impact qualities:

Inclusive: The Project will contribute to women's economic inclusion by supporting access to finance and business advisory services for Women-led MSMEs', and aim to support the alleviationof the existing country-level gender access to finance gaps while demonstrating the business case for scaling-up lending to the women-led MSME segment.

Competitive: The project will contribute towards the competitiveness of the financial sector by ensuring a sustainable growth of NLBP's women-led MSME portfolio with a focus on the attraction of new clients, penetration into regional areas, and prudent underwriting procedures.

Client Information

NLB PRISHTINA SH A

NLB Banka sh.a. ("NLB Prishtina", "NLBP") is the second largest bank on the market, holding a market share of 17% by total assets at YE 2021. Through its network of 34 branches/sub-branches and 463 employees, NLBP serves more than 347,000 clients across Kosovo.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 3,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 3,000,000.00

Additionality

Additionality is achieved by combining the necessary long-term financing, in the form of a senior loan, through a holistic approach which includes non-TC grants to incentivise NLBP to further explore the underdeveloped women-in-business segment in the form of First Loss Risk Cover (FLRC) and TC grants to support partner financial institutions and women-led MSMEs.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). NLBP is an existing EBRD client and its performance to date for existing exposure to a TFP line has been satisfactory. NLBP will be taking on other lines (WiB and SME) which will require a broader consideration of the implementation of EBRD Performance Requirement 9 (PR9). This would include implementing the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans including adhering to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submitting annual E&S reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through NLBP's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements. NLBP will be required to align existing procedures with EBRD E&S requirements and to  nominate a person from senior management to have overall responsibility for implementing them. NLBP will provide ESD with the names of relevant credit risk appraisal staff who will be provided with access to the EBRD's E&S risk management training programme online. These requirements will be covenants in the loan agreement. The Project's use of proceeds or allocated multiple may include solar sub-projects. Such sub-projects will be managed in line with 'The Proposed Management Approach for Solar Supply Chain Risk Management' (CS/FO/21-35) and any subsequent guidance developed under that approach.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

TC: The grants will be used to cover NLBP's capacity building and Advice for Small Business ("ASB")'s advisory support for women-led MSMEs. TC funds are provided by the Government of Sweden.

Non-TC: Risk sharing in the form of First Loss Risk Cover ("FLRC") of up to 10% of the WIB Loan, with a cap of 70% for any single sub-loan. Non-TC funds for FLRC are provided by the EBRD Shareholders Special Fund.

Company Contact Information

Gem Maloku
Gem.Maloku@nlb-kos.com
+383 (0)38 744 005
+383 (0)38 744 005
www.nlb-kos.com
Rr. Ukshin Hoti nr. 124, KS-10000 Prishtinë, Kosove

Implementation summary


PSD last updated

29 Nov 2022

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Independent Project Accountability Mechanism (IPAM)

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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.

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