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You Need to know about EBRD boosts SME access to finance in Egypt

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up its support for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt with a financing package worth US$ 25 million for the Export Development Bank of Egypt (EBank).

The EBRD is partnering with EBank for the first time. It will provide a financing package of an uncommitted multi-currency Trade and Facilitation Programme limit of up to US$ 10 million. The TFP limit will help with the issuance of guarantees in favour of confirming banks to support trade finance instruments issued by EBank and to provide cash advances to fund trade-related loans to private companies for pre-export, post-import financing and the distribution of imported goods.

The EBRD financing package also includes two senior unsecured loans of up to US$ 15 million in total. The first is for up to US$ 5 million under the Women in Business (WIB) Programme, which will assist EBank in lending to women-led SMEs in Egypt. EBank staff will also receive training and capacity-building opportunities to better serve the financial needs of women-led SMEs. In addition, women entrepreneurs will benefit from advisory services and know-how through the EBRD’s Advice for Small Businesses programme.

As part of the WIB loan, the European Union Initiative for Financial Inclusion Programme will provide funding for risk sharing.

The second loan of up to US$ 10 million will be lent on to Egyptian private-sector SMEs that have limited access to finance.

Heike Harmgart, EBRD Managing Director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region, and Ahmed Galal, EBank Deputy Chairman, signed the agreement in Cairo