GCF GEFF Regional - MAIB

Location:

Moldova

Project number:

50648

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

27 Oct 2020

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

03 Nov 2020

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 loan of up to EUR 5 million with a maturity of 4 years, of which 75% (EUR 3.75 million) will be provided by the EBRD and up to 25% (EUR 1.25 million) provided by Green Climate Fund (GCF). 

Project Objectives

The proposed operation complies with the GCF GEFF Regional Framework criteria. Proceeds of the loan will be on-lent in line with the Policy Statement for the facility to private sector sub-borrowers (individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporates) for investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and services in a gender-responsive way. The lender will benefit from Technical Cooperation (TC) in form of trainings, capacity building and support for project implementation from the dedicated programme consultants.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 65

The project supports the Green TI quality through the provision of funding and know-how to financial intermediaries financing private sector investments in high performing climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and solutions. This will facilitate Moldova's transition to environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.

 

Client Information

MOLDOVA-AGROINDBANK SA

CB "Moldova-Agroindbank" SA ("MAIB"), the largest systemic bank in Moldova with total assets of €1.4 bn, total equity of €244 mln, loan portfolio of  €732 mln as of 31 August 2020, and market share of 28%. EBRD jointly with consortium of investors (Horizon and Invalda) have acquired 41.09% stake in MAIB on 2 October 2018.  Other minority shareholders  include management, staff  and local companies

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 3,750,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 5,000,000.00

Additionality

Financing structure: EBRD offers financing that is not available in the market (e.g. a longer tenor than the market average) from commercial sources on reasonable terms and conditions, which are necessary to structure the project.

Innovative financing structures and/or instruments: EBRD offers an innovative green finance instrument that integrates aspects such as upfront cost and relatively longer payback period of green technologies, climate and environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards and/or climate and ESG risks considerations into the financing structure.  MAIB and its clients will benefit from technical cooperation and the Green Technology Selector to achieve higher standards.

Gender additionality: MAIB will make use of EBRD expertise to enhance women and men's equal opportunity to access finance provided under the GCF-GEFF Regional Framework for the adoption of green technologies and, ultimately, help women and men sub-borrowers build their resilience in the face of a changing climate

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). MAIB is an existing client of the Bank. MAIB will need to ensure ongoing compliance with PRs 2, 4 and 9 and submit Annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank, including reporting on sub-projects and their climate change mitigation and climate change adaptation benefits. Beneficiaries financed through the GEFF in Moldova will be required to comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety and labour standards and the E&S eligibility criteria for renewable energy projects, as applicable, as per the Policy Statement.

 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The operation will benefit from technical cooperation support in the amount of up to EUR 0.7 million, financed by GCF and Turkey-EBRD Cooperation Fund Account. The objective of the technical cooperation is to assist financial intermediaries in Moldova, including MAIB, with gender-responsive capacity building, marketing, project assessment and general monitoring and reporting. 

PSD last updated

03 Nov 2020

Understanding Transition

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

Business opportunities

For business opportunities or procurement, contact the client company.

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Email: projectenquiries@ebrd.com

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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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