GCF GEFF Egypt Commercial - AUB Egypt GVC

Location:

Egypt

Project number:

52376

Business sector:

Financial institutions

Notice type:

Private

Approval date:

15 Sep 2021

Status:

Pending Approval

PSD disclosed:

13 Aug 2021

Project Description

Provision of a senior unsecured loan to Ahli United Bank Egypt ("AUBE") of up to USD 12 million (EBRD financing of USD 9 million and GCF co-financing of up to USD 3 million) for on-lending to private small and medium-sized enterprises ("SMEs") within certain value chains for capex investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and services.

Project Objectives

The proceeds of the loan will be on-lent to private SMEs within certain value chains (in such sectors as agribusiness, manufacturing and services, and information and communication technologies ("ICT")) for capex investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and services.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 75

The transition impact of the project will draw on the increased funding to SMEs in value chains to finance capex loans and enhance SME competitiveness in high performance technologies. 

Client Information

AHLI UNITED BANK EGYPT SAE

AUBE is the 18th largest bank in Egypt (out of 38 currently operating) with total assets of USD 3.7bn as of 1Q2021 and market shares of ca. 0.8%, 1.2% and 0.9% in terms of assets, loans and deposits, respectively. AUBE is 95.7% owned by Ahli United Bank ("AUB"), the largest bank in Bahrain.

EBRD Finance Summary

USD 9,000,000.00

Total Project Cost

USD 12,000,000.00

Additionality

The project will offer a combination of medium-term financing and technical expertise in a package that promotes targeted investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and services in Egypt. 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP 2019): AUBE will be required to comply with PRs 2, 4 & 9, and further, implement and comply with EBRD's Environmental & Social (E&S) Procedures and the applicable Risk Management Procedures for SME and Corporate Lending. AUBE will also be required to submit annual environmental and social reports to the Bank. The client will receive guidance from the EBRD on the implementation of the applicable Risk Management Procedure.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing

The project will be supported by comprehensive technical assistance in the form of trainings, capacity building and support for project implementation from the dedicated programme consultant.

Company Contact Information

Omnia Kamal, FI Manager
Omnia.Kamal@AhliUnited.com
+20 100 521 6640
www.ahliunited.com/eg
81 El-Tesseen Street, Sector A, Fifth Settlement, Cairo, Al Qahirah 11835, Egypt

PSD last updated

13 Aug 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)

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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