Provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to USD 5.0 million to Quds Bank (QB) for on-lending to private micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) and corporates in the West Bank.
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.
The credit line will be used by QB for on-lending to MSMEs and corporates in the West Bank. The project is part of EBRD's Solidarity Package, which aims at supporting existing clients amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ETI score: 70
The loan will contribute to the continued functioning of the Palestinian economy by on-lending to MSMEs and corporates to relieve pressure on liquidity and support private sector businesses to overcome the direct implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal of this operation is to ensure the resilience of the financial sector and preserve competition in the sector. More specifically, it will help QB remain operational (Resilient) and continue commercial lending in line with the market and comparable players (Competitive).
Quds Bank is the fourth-largest local commercial bank and the sixth-largest bank in WB&G, with market share of 7.5%, 8.7% and 7.3% in terms of total assets, loans and customer deposits, respectively, as of YE 2020. QB has been listed on the Palestine Exchange since 1997.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
Provision of medium-term funding.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (ESP 2019). Quds Bank is an existing client and will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9; and continue to implement the applicable EBRD's E&S Risk Management Procedures for TFP and Micro, SME and Corporate Loans. The E&S due diligence included a review of the Annual E&S Report for 2019 and confirmed the Client's compliance under previous exposure. QB will be required to apply the updated Exclusion List introduced with ESP 2019 as well as the new Referral list. QB's performance will be monitored through the review of annual Environmental and Social Reports to the Bank. There is no GET component associated with this Project.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
Quds Bank will benefit from tailor-made capacity building technical assistance to help develop QB's MSME business, implement MSME lending policies and procedures and introduce new MSME lending techniques and products.
Company Contact Information
Kais Zuhaika, Head of Financial Institutions
Mobile: +970 599 8200 65
Al-Masyoun, P.O Box 2471fa, Ramallah, Palestine
PSD last updated
02 Jul 2021
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