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IFC’s Loan to Vietnam’s Orient Commercial Bank Increases U.S. Dollar Financing for Small Exporters and Importers

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, July 13, 2012— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has agreed to provide Vietnam’s Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank with a $10 million loan to increase U.S. dollar financing for small businesses in the export and import sector, helping sustain their operations amid the global credit tightening.
Orient Commercial Bank will be one of the first two banks to benefit from IFC’s newly launched Vietnam Small and Medium Enterprises Liquidity Facility program, which offers U.S. dollar financing to local banks for lending to businesses involved in trade-related activities.
“As small and medium businesses are our key clients, we are committed to expanding our lending in this market,” said Nguyen Dinh Tung, Acting CEO of Orient Commercial Bank. “Participating in IFC’s Vietnam Small and Medium Enterprises Liquidity program will allow us to provide U.S. dollar financing for small exporters and importers, helping them improve their operations to withstand a global economic slowdown.”
Over the last five years, IFC provided more than $1 billion to support small and medium importers and exporters in Vietnam through its Global Trade Finance Program.
“IFC is committed to improving U.S. dollar liquidity in Vietnam’s banking sector so that banks can keep financing small businesses in today’s tight credit conditions,” said Simon Andrews, IFC’s Regional Manager for Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, and Lao PDR. “We expect to have more partner banks participating in this program, creating more opportunities for importers and exporters and other businesses along the supply chain.”
IFC has partnered with Orient Commercial Bank since 2011. Through its Global Trade Finance Program, IFC has provided a facility of up to $20 million to the bank. In May, IFC also provided a $25 million financing package to the bank for small and medium enterprises and women-owned businesses.
In addition to Orient Commercial Bank, IFC has also agreed to provide financing to Techcombank under the Vietnam Small and Medium Enterprises Liquidity Facility program.
About IFC
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets. In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, we helped our clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit www.ifc.org .
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About Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank
Incorporated in 1996, Orient Commercial Joint Stock Bank has 94 branches and transaction offices across Vietnam and more than 1,800 employees. Out of 16 commercial joint stock banks operating in Ho Chi Minh City, OCB is the10 th largest in terms of operations and 6 th largest by profit. In 2011, BNP Paribas, OCB’s strategic partner, increased its stake in the bank to 20 percent. For more information, visit www.ocb.com.vn .