The proposed project will provide € 5 million medium-term funding to Export & Credit Bank (ECB) for on-lending to private small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Loan proceeds will be used to finance capital expenditure programmes and related working capital needs.
The project will support ECB’s further growth and market establishment as a bank dedicated to SMEs.
The project will provide medium term funding for private SMEs, which is limited due to the predominantly short-term deposit base in the country.
The main transition challenge for the project is to increase the financial intermediation which is still very low.
Export & Credit Bank is a private universal commercial bank registered as a joint stock company under the laws of FYR Macedonia. ECB’s strategic focus is on micro and SMEs.
The EBRD is ECB’s largest shareholder, holding 24% of the voting capital.
SME credit line of € 5 million with up to five years maturity.
The credit line will be on-lent to private SMEs across various sectors of economy, including production and manufacturing, services, wholesale and trade.
€ 5 million.
ECB will continue to comply with EBRD’s Environmental Procedures for Local Banks. In implementing these procedures, ECB will require its borrowers to comply, at a minimum, with the national health, safety, environmental requirements.
ECB will also continue to adhere to EBRD’s Environmental Exclusion and Referral Lists and will continue to submit to EBRD annual environmental, health and safety report. In addition, ECB is required to comply with relevant national employment laws and standards and Conventions of the International Labour Organisation related to the employment of children and young people, discrimination at work, and forced labour.
Export & Credit Bank has already benefited from three technical cooperation projects with the EBRD:
1. Strategy Expert funded by the Balkan Region Special Fund
2. Retail Expert funded by the Balkan Region Special Fund
3. Director for Business Development funded by the FYR Macedonian Financial Sector Fund.
No new technical cooperation is envisaged for the proposed project.
Elena Urumovska, Associate Banker,
EBRD Skopje Resident Office
Tel: + 389 23 297 804
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