Provision of a senior unsecured loan to National Bank of Egypt ("NBE") of up to USD 100 million.
The proceeds of the loan will be used for financing investments in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies across the industrial, commercial, transport and agricultural sectors by local private sector Small and Medium Enterprises ("SMEs"), in line with the standards and reporting requirements for GEFF in Egypt.
The transition impact of the project will draw on the provision of funding and technical assistance to financial intermediaries to finance high-performing climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies and solutions. This will promote the transition to environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient economies.
NATIONAL BANK OF EGYPT
NBE is the largest commercial bank in Egypt, fully owned by the Government of Egypt. With total assets of EUR 107 billion as at end-June 2020, NBE has a market share of 31% by assets, 33% by loans, and 34% by deposits.
EBRD Finance Summary
Total Project Cost
The project offers a combination of longer-term financing and technical expertise into a package that promotes targeted investment in sustainable energy and climate change mitigation, in the highly diversified private sector in Egypt.
Environmental and Social Summary
Categorised FI (2019 ESP). NBE is an existing client of the Bank and has been satisfactorily implementing the Bank's E&S requirements under existing exposure. The bank will be required to continue to comply with EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9, apply the EBRD's relevant E&S Risk Management Procedures including the updated exclusion and newly introduced Referral List stemming from EBRD's 2019 E&S Policy. NBE's E&S performance will be monitored through the review of annual reports submitted to the Bank.
Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing
The project will be supported by a comprehensive technical cooperation programme to provide implementation support to NBE, its customers and verification of the outcome of completed projects.
Company Contact Information
1187 Corniche El nil, Cairo, Egypt
PSD last updated
11 May 2021
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