FIF - MSME Loan - AFK

Location:

Kosovo

Project number:

52184

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

02 Jun 2020

Status:

Repaying

PSD disclosed:

15 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

This project was approved in the context of the Bank's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To avoid delays to the delivery of this project, the Bank's President granted a deviation from the ordinary timelines for PSD disclosure, as contemplated by Section V of the Directive on Access to Information. Details of the Bank's response to COVID-19, and this deviation, can be found on our website.     

Provision of a 2-year senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 2 million to AFK, a strategic long-term microfinance institution partner of EBRD in Kosovo, to support its lending operations amidst adverse consequences of Covid-19. The facility, an MSME loan under the Financial Intermediaries Framework ("FIF"), will be provided in two equal tranches (second tranche uncommitted). EBRD's facility will be extended to AFK in parallel and conditional to new financing from EFSE (EUR 2 million, tenor of 3 years) and CoopEst (EUR 0.5 million, tenor of 3 years), whose signing and first tranche disbursement is also scheduled for June.

The loan proceeds will be used to provide working capital loans to sub-borrowers (eligible small and micro businesses) in line with the MSME Policy Statement.

Project Objectives

The loan proceeds will be used to provide working capital loans to sub-borrowers (eligible small and micro businesses) in line with the MSME Policy Statement.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

Competitive: The project supports AFK's lending to private MSMEs in Kosovo, where the gaps are large, by a multiple of EBRD's funding. The project focuses on regional outreach and the attraction of new MSME clients. 

Resilient: AFK is expected to maintain adequate portfolio quality.

Client Information

AGENCY FOR FINANCE IN KOSOVO

AFK is the fourth largest MFI in Kosovo in terms of assets and gross loans with a balance sheet of EUR 37.3 million and a portfolio of 34.1 million at YE 2019. It provides access to finance to micro and small enterprises, primarily in rural areas of the country. AFK was founded by Mercy Corps in 2000 and is registered as an NGO.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 2,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

EUR 2,000,000.00

Additionality

EBRD financing effectively bridges a liquidity gap due to adverse market conditions caused by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and will allow AFK to continue lending to eligible micro and small businesses in Kosovo.

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019). AFK is an existing client and its performance to date for existing exposures has been satisfactory. AFK will be required to continue to comply with PRs 2, 4 and 9, implement the EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, SME and Micro Loans including adherence to the expanded EBRD E&S Exclusion List and Referral List introduced with ESP 2019 and submit annual E&S reports to the Bank. Sub-borrowers financed through AFK's loan will be required to comply with national environmental, health, safety and labour (EHSL) requirements.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

N/A

Company Contact Information

Mehribane Shala
MShala@afkonline.org
+38349328815
www.afkonline.org
Lidhja e Prizrenit | Nr. 1 30000 Pejë Kosovo

PSD last updated

15 Jun 2020

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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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