IFC, Eskhata Bank Help Small and Medium Enterprises Access Trade Finance in Tajikistan
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced that Eskhata Bank has become the first bank in Tajikistan to join its Global Trade Finance Program. The program will help the bank expand its capacity, improving access to trade finance for small and medium enterprises in the country.
The Global Trade Finance Program promotes trade with emerging markets worldwide by supporting flows of goods and services to and from developing countries. Under the program, IFC provides guarantee coverage of bank risk in emerging markets, allowing the banks to expand their trade finance operations within an extensive global network.
“Increasing access to trade is a key force in fostering economic growth and development. This transaction is in line with our strategy to expand our activities in frontier markets like Tajikistan, helping increase their share of global trade,“ said Michel G. Maila, IFC Vice President for Risk Management.
“We are pleased to work with Eskhata Bank. The program will help expand the bank’s global reach, opening new markets and increasing business opportunities for its small business clients,“ said Shahbaz Mavaddat, IFC Director for Southern Europe and Central Asia.
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