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FIF - Advans Tunisie - MSME loan II



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Business sector:

Financial institutions

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Approval date:

13 Dec 2022



PSD disclosed:

15 Dec 2022

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

Provision of a senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 3 million in TND equivalent to Advans Tunisie ("AT") for on-lending to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises ("MSMEs") in Tunisia.

Project Objectives

The Project will assist Advans Tunisie in funding MSMEs in Tunisia.

Transition Impact

ETI score: 60

The Project supports the Competitive and Resilient transition qualities. 

  • Competitive: the project supports Advans Tunisie's lending to private MSMEs in Tunisia. The project focuses on regional outreach and attraction of new MSME clients.
  • Resilient: the project aims to ensure prudent lending practices and adequate portfolio quality. Advans Tunisie will be expected to maintain adequate portfolio quality in PAR90 terms.

Client Information


Advans Tunisie, founded in 2013 by the international microfinance group Advans, is the second largest microfinance institution in Tunisia with 10 per cent market share as at October 2022 in gross loan portfolio terms.

EBRD Finance Summary

EUR 3,000,000.00

Senior unsecured loan of up to EUR 3 million to be disbursed in TND equivalent. 

Total Project Cost

EUR 3,000,000.00


  • Financing structure: through this project EBRD is offdring medium-term financing in local currency to strengthen Advans Tunisie's funding profile and its capacity for sustainable lending. 
  • Gender SMART: the project promotes financing for women-led MSMEs in Tunisia. 

Environmental and Social Summary

Categorised FI (ESP2019). Advans Tunisie is an existing client and has demonstrated compliance with the EBRD's Performance Requirements (PRs) 2, 4 and 9 under current exposure. The bank will be required to continue to apply the EBRD's Environmental and Social (E&S) Risk Management Procedures for Corporate, MSME and Microfinance loans and ensure the sub-projects comply with national requirements for environment, health and safety, social and labour standards. Advans Tunisie will continue to submit annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD to monitor their performance.

Technical Cooperation and Grant Financing


Company Contact Information

Sayfeddine FRIDHI
+216 29595208
Advans Tunisie S.A. Immeuble Vie 3 Zak Kheireddine Lac 3 Tunis, 2060 Tunisia

PSD last updated

15 Dec 2022

Understanding Transition

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

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General enquiries

Specific enquiries can be made using the EBRD Enquiries form.

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 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 to get guidance and more information on IPAM and how to submit a request.


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