Ecuador: Corporacion Financiera Nacional COVID-19 Credit Line Project (AIIB-000435)

  • Ecuador
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Financial Institutions
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
  • World Bank (WB)
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Corporación Financiera Nacional (CFN)
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  • Finance
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 50.00 million
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Original disclosure @ AIIB website

Updated in EWS Oct 12, 2020

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Project Description
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According to the AIIB website, the objective of this project is to promote access to finance and address the liquidity constraints faced by private micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in response to the COVID-19 crisis in Ecuador.

The Project is proposed to be supported under AIIB's COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility (the Facility) and will be co-financed with the World Bank (IBRD). The Project aims at developing and improving financial products to promote access to finance for productive purposes for MSMEs and strengthening the institutional capacity of the Borrower, Corporacion Financiera Nacional B.P., in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Project may have the following 4 components:

Component 1 - Strengthening the institutional capacity of Corporacion Financiera Nacional B.P..

Component 2 - Development and Improvement of Financial Products to Promote Access to Finance for MSMEs.

Component 3 - Credit Line Intermediated by Corporacion Financiera Nacional B.P. to Participating Financial Intermediaries (PFIs) for on-lending to MSMEs.

Component 4 - Project Management.

The World Bank is the lead co-financier. The Project's environmental and social risks and impacts have been assessed in accordance with the World Bank's Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). Under World Bank's ESF, the Project's environmental and social risks have been categorized as Moderate (equivalent to Category FI if AIIB's ESP were applicable.

AIIB will co-finance Component 2(b) "Capitalization of National Guarantee Fund (NGF) for special COVID-19 program" and Component 3. Under the Project, AIIB will provide through the Borrower, short-term liquidity financing for MSMEs in the form of partial credit guarantees and/or credit lines to mitigate the impacts of the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Investment Description
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The Project is proposed to be supported under AIIB's COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility (the Facility) and will be co-financed with the World Bank (IBRD) (the Lead Co-financier).

Financial Intermediary
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Gabriel Alfredo Giacobone

Infrastructure Sector Economist


Francisco-José Fortuny

Senior Investment Operations Specialist



Daniel Ortiz del Salto

Financial Sector Specialist



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