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IFC, Eskhata Bank to Expand SME Finance in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, September 29 , 2014 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a $10 million subordinated loan and $5 million senior loan denominated in Tajik somoni to Eskhata Bank to help expand access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), creating jobs and boosting shared prosperity  in Tajikistan.
Although SMEs make an important contribution to Tajikistan’s gross domestic product and represent 60 percent of all employment, they struggle to gain access to banking services. IFC’s financing will enable Eskhata Bank to increase lending to SMEs, especially in agriculture and trade, the core sectors of the Tajik economy.  
 “The private sector is the engine of growth, and it must have access to finance if it can fulfill its role,” said Khurshed Nosirov, CEO of Eskhata Bank. “IFC’s long-term funding will help us increase the supply of affordable credit to more micro and small businesses, helping them grow and create jobs.”
K. Aftab Ahmed, Head of IFC EMENA Financial Institutions Group, said: “The limited availability of funding, especially in the local currency, constrains business opportunities for SMEs. This IFC investment will help Eskhata Bank meet the needs of SMEs in regards to long-term local currency funding.”
IFC’s relationship with Eskhata Bank dates back to 2005. Since then, IFC has extended a series of loans and trade finance lines totaling $25 million. IFC’s advisory services helped the bank strengthen its treasury operations and develop retail products.
Tajikistan became a member of IFC in 1994. Since 1997, IFC has invested $133 million to support 40 private sector projects in the financial, hydro power, retail, tourism, and manufacturing sectors.
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