Bank of Georgia SME Loan

Location:

Georgia

Project number:

41208

Business sector:

Notice type:

Private

Environmental category:

FI

Approval date:

20 Jul 2010

Status:

Signed

PSD disclosed:

29 Jul 2010

Translated version of this PSD: Georgian
 

Project Description

The EBRD has approved a financing package for the Bank of Georgia consisting of three transactions: USD 20 million Medium-Sized Co-Financing Facility (MCFF) with full recourse to the Company; USD 10 million Energy Efficiency credit line; and USD 20 million Small and Medium Enterprise Lending (SME) credit line.

The operation will enable Bank of Georgia to develop its lending programmes countrywide in the respective business segments, providing essential support for longer-term financing of corporates, micro, small and medium sized enterprises.

Transition Impact

The transition impact of this operation will mainly arise from support to expansion of lending activities along with setting standards for corporate governance and business conduct and transfer of skills to partner institutions and enterprises.

Via the MCFF and SME facilities, EBRD’s support of Bank of Georgia will add to the overall lending capability of the banking sector in Georgia thereby increasing financial intermediation. The proposed loans will increase the supply of funding to SMEs thereby increasing access to bank finance.

The Energy Efficiency project will demonstrate the benefits of energy efficiency investments in terms of cost reductions through the expansion of industrial and residential energy efficiency lending in Georgia. The project is also expected to transfer and build expertise, among banks and companies, as well as households, related to energy efficiency.

The Client

Bank of Georgia is the leading bank in Georgia with a market share of 33% of total assets and is listed on the London Stock Exchange.

EBRD Finance

USD 50 million package consisting of USD 20 million Medium-Sized Co-Financing Facility with full recourse to the Company; USD 10 million Energy Efficiency credit line; and USD 20 million SME credit line.

Project Cost

USD 50 million.

Environmental Impact

Categorised FI (2008). Bank of Georgia (BoG) has formally adopted Environmental and Social Policy and Procedures, which cover environmental, social and health and safety issues. BoG representatives attended EBRD's training workshop on environmental and social risk management in 2006 and the bank appointed an Environmental Coordinator to coordinate environmental and social risk management. Monitoring of the BoG identified that the bank applies its environmental and social risk management procedures to any transactions greater than $50,000 financed by EBRD and IFC credit lines, and to some high environmental risk transactions financed with its own funds. BoG utilises exclusion lists for screening, categorises the relative environmental risk of transactions, and utilises a Document Checklist when assessing environmental risks.

BoG has in place a Human Resources Policy, which covers payment of wages (wage level, normal and overtime), overtime, working hours, benefits, grievance mechanism for employees, health and safety, flexible working and work/life balance.

BoG will need to review its existing procedures in the context of the new Performance Requirements to ensure application across its entire commercial lending portfolio. BoG shall also submit to the Bank annual environmental reports on implementation of the environmental and social procedures and Performance Requirements 2 and 9.

Technical Cooperation

None.

Company Contact

Macca Ekizashvilli, Head of Investor Relations
Bank of Georgia
Phone: +995 32 444 256.
Web Page: www.bog.ge/ir.

 

Business opportunities

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Public Information Policy (PIP)

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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 how to submit a Request for review through our confidential online form, by email, mail or telephone. IPAM is available to discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have about the submission or handling of Requests, which follow the Project Accountability Policy and Guidance. Requestors’ identities may be kept confidential, upon request.

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