FIF - EaP SMEC - ProCredit Georgia

Location:

Georgia

Project number:

51740

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

27 Apr 2021

Status:

Approved

PSD disclosed:

30 Apr 2021

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 five-year amortising senior loan of up to €10 million to be provided to ProCredit Bank Georgia to enable the bank support eligible MSMEs under SME Competitiveness Programme in Eastern Partnership for sustainable investments in technology and equipment. 

Project Objectives

The project will enable the company to finance long-term investments of Georgian MSMEs in upgrading their technology and equipment necessary to meet EU standards in terms of product quality, health and safety measures and environmental protection. At least 70% of all financed sub-loans are expected to be compliant with EBRD Green Economy Transition (GET) approach.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 75

Competitive: the company will expand its MSME portfolio with a focus on financing priority investments complying with EU directive(s), ultimately facilitating competitiveness of Georgian MSMEs;
Resilient: the company is expected to maintain adequate MSME portfolio quality.

Client Information

PROCREDIT BANK GEORGIA JSC

ProCredit Bank Georgia ("PCBG") is a mid-sized bank in Georgia with a strategic focus on lending to SMEs and ranks 5th in terms of loans with a market share of 3.7%. PCBG reached USD 586 million in total assets as of YE2020. 

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 10,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 10,000,000.00

Additionality

Key sources of additionality under the project are (i) Innovative financing structure (long term tenor supporting longer investments and green finance instrument that integrates climate and ESG considerations into the financing structure) and (ii) Knowledge, innovation and capacity building (technical assistance under the programme will support timely realisation of EU-compliant investments in Georgia). 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019): Pro Credit Bank Georgia (PCBG) is an existing client of the Bank and compliance with, and reporting on, Bank requirements have been good in the context of the existing and previous projects.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

SME Competitiveness credit line will be completemented by grant funding (TC and non-TC) from the EU: MSME sub-borrowers will benefit from investment incentives (up to 10%/15% of the lower of disbursed amount or the investment cost, depending on type of sub-project) for eligible sub-loans, while PCBG will receive technical assistance from dedicated consultants towards investment projects preparation and implementation.

Company Contact Information

JSC ProCredit Bank, Georgia
info@procreditbank.ge
+995 32 220 2222
21 Al. Kazbegi Ave., Tbilisi 0160, Georgia

PSD last updated

30 Apr 2021

Understanding Transition

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

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Environmental and Social Policy (ESP)

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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.

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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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