The EBRD is considering to provide a credit line of USD 13 million to Azerdemiryolbank to support the Azeri economy via credits to the country’s micro and small and medium-sized business sectors. Of the total, $3 million will be provided for SME lending and $10 million for lending to the micro sector.
The proposed credit line is supporting EBRD’s country strategy for Azerbaijan and will further support the increase of financial intermediation in the market and promote competition. Supporting the development of the private companies and banking sector in Azerbaijan by increasing medium-term financing to the productive sector of the economy through domestic banks would facilitate the strengthening of domestic production. Furthermore, the loan will increase availability of funds to Azeri small and medium-sized companies to facilitate their expansion.
Azerdemiryolbank, an open joint-stock company, is one of the leading private banking institutions in the Republic of Azerbaijan, majority owned by private individuals.
The credit line will be provided under the Azerbaijan Financial Sector Framework.
USD 13 million.
Screened FI. Representatives of Azeridemiryolbank attended the EBRD’s Environmental and Social Risk Management Workshop in 2003 and 2006. As such, it is familiar with the importance of environmental and social risk management.
PR 2: Labour and Working Conditions. Azerdemiryolbank should ensure that its human resource policies are compliant with EBRD's Performance Requirement 2 ("PR2") on Labour and Working Conditions. Azerdemiryolbank should confirm to the Bank that it complies with PR 2 or, if not, provide the Bank with a plan of action to achieve compliance in a reasonable time. Such compliance includes the implementation of a grievance mechanism for employees.
PR9: Financial Intermediaries. Azeridemiryolbank applies its environmental and social risk management procedures only to transactions financed under EBRD and other international credit lines and to "large loans" (> $100,000). In those cases, the branch credit officer is responsible for screening and identifying risks. When necessary, a credit officer from headquarters will accompany the local branch credit officer on the site visit to those transactions considered to pose potentially unreasonable environmental risks. Azerdemiryolbank will need to review its existing procedures in the context of the new Performance Requirements and ensure that acceptable environmental procedures are applied across the entire commercial lending portfolio.
Azerdemiryolbank has been participating amongst 7 other banks in technical assistance programmes provided by EBRD under Azerbaijan Financial Sector Framework to improve the bank’s SME and micro lending capacity as well as amongst 4 other banks under Medium Co-financing facility. The technical assistance programmes are being funded by ETC Multi Donor Initiative Fund and the EBRD Shareholders Special Fund.
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