Bank of Palestine - SME loan, WiB loan, TFP limit

Location:

West Bank and Gaza

Project number:

50992

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

08 Jul 2020

Status:

Disbursing

PSD disclosed:

19 Jun 2020

As permitted by paragraph 2.6 of Section III of the Access to Information Policy, disclosure of this PSD was deferred in accordance with paragraph 1.4.4 of the Directive on Access to Information.

Project Description

Provision of a USD 20 million package to Bank of Palestine (BoP), comprised of: (i) a loan of up to USD 13 million  for on-lending to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in the West Bank; (ii) a Women in Business (WiB) loan of up to USD 2 million to BoP for on-lending to women-led MSMEs in the West Bank; and (iii) a Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) limit of USD 5 million.

Project Objectives

Both the SME and WiB loans will be used to on-lend to MSMEs in the West Bank. The WiB loan will focus excusively on women-led MSMEs. The TFP limit will support BoP in serving its trade finance customers. 

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The SME and WiB loans will increase the availability of finance to MSMEs in the West Bank.

The trade finance limit will facilitate the financing of importing and exporting clients.

Client Information

BANK OF PALESTINE

Bank of Palestine is the largest bank in the West Bank and Gaza with assets of USD 5 billion at YE2019. It was founded in 1960, in Gaza.  

Now headquartered in Ramallah, the bank operates a total of 73 branches across the West Bank and Gaza, in addition to representative offices in Dubai and Chile to serve the local Palestinian diaspora. BoP has a total of 1,731 employees and serves 917,000 clients. 

The BoP banking group also encompasses an Islamic banking arm, a brokerage company, and an e-payment solutions and fintech arm.

BoP offers a broad array of financial products and services including retail, corporate, Islamic banking, e-banking and SME lending. BoP also focuses on providing services to promote the financial inclusion of women and youth. 

Additionality

Provision of medium-term funding.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019): BoP is required to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9, and further implement and comply with EBRD's TFP Environmental & Social (E&S) Procedures and the applicable Risk Management Procedures for Micro, SME and Corporate Lending. An E&S Due Diligence Questionnaire has been completed by the Client in July 2019 and demonstrates a number of elements of risk management procedures in line with PR9. Improvements in terms of further formalisation of the procedures, monitoring and dissemination to relevant staff are required and have been added in an E&S Management Plan. The Borrower will be required to submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank to monitor their E&S performance and progress.

 

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The WiB loan will be accompanied by a technical cooperation programme to support BoP in strengthening its capacity to lend to women. 

Company Contact Information

Kamel Husseini
kamel.husseini@bankofpalestine.com
+97022946700
+97022964703
www.bankofpalestine.com/en
General Management - Head Office P.O. Box 471, Ramallah Palestine

PSD last updated

19 Jun 2020

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