RSF Benin Tourism (IFC-38159)

  • Benin
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  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Jan 31, 2017
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RSF Benin Tourism
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  • Finance
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
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Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jun 25, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Dec 7, 2016

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Project Description
The proposed project is a risk sharing facility (RSF or “the Facility”) with potentially two participating banks, namely Bank of Africa Benin SA (“BoA Benin”) and Ecobank Benin SA (“the Banks”). Under the RSF, the Banks will build, over an agreed period of time, a portfolio of eligible SME loans for a total amount of up to US$40 million. Up to a third of the maximum size of the target SME loan portfolio will be expected to relate to the tourism sector with a focus on SMEs along the value chains of hotels. IFC will cover up to 50% of losses on each participating bank’s eligible SME portfolio. IFC’s maximum exposure will be up to US$20 million. The proposed project will have a capacity building component, whereby eligible SMEs will be trained on various subjects including the development of business plans, basic accounting & cash management, operational efficiency, with the view to equip them to have a more successful relationship with banks.The participating banks will also be supported through advisory activities that will seek to strengthen the banks' ability to sustainably service the SME segment. The advisory services component of the project will be implemented jointly by IFC and the World Bank.
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