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The EBRD is providing a loan to Banque Centrale Populaire for an amount of up to €100 million. The operation will enable Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), as well as the related ten regional mutual banks and Chaabi International Bank Offshore, to increase their lending to industrial small and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs) operating in Morocco.
The objetive of this project is to provide BCP with long-term funding, which will be instrumental in increasing the lending to industrial SMEs.
The transition impact of the project is expected to derive from market expansion, by providing funding to SMEs, as well as transfer of skills, by offering technical cooperation to BCP. With its extensive network, built around ten regional mutual banks and Chaabi International Bank Offshore, BCP has a unique capacity to reach out to industrial SMEs in the Moroccan regions.
BANQUE CENTRALE POPULAIRE DU MAROC
BCP is the central entity of the Moroccan mutual banking group Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire (GBP). GBP is composed of BCP, 10 regional mutual banks, as well as a number of subsidiaries and foundations.
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Categorised FI. Banque Centrale Populaire will be required to comply with the EBRD's Performance Requirements 2 and 9 and submit annual environmental and social reports to the EBRD.
The facility will be accompanied by Technical Cooperation funded by the SEMED multi-donor account in the amount of EUR 200,000, and which will be aimed at strengthening the institutional capacity of BCP in the area of credit risk management for SME lending, and at delivering training to BCP's SME loan officers.
The loan will also be complemented by the Small Business Services (SBS) Team's on-going programme in Morocco, which is currently funded by both the EU Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and the SEMED multi-donor account, with support from the EBRD Special Shareholders Fund, and which provides business advisory services to SMEs in areas such as management, strategy or quality standards to improve enterprise performance.
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