BG Housing (IFC-42008)

  • Panama
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jun 7, 2019
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  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS May 8, 2019

Disclosed by Bank May 6, 2019

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Project Description

The proposed project consists of a senior loan of up to US$200 million to Banco General, S.A. (the “Bank”) to be used to finance on-lending activity in Panama’s low and middle income mortgage sector and financing of climate smart sub-projects in solar power generation, green buildings and energy efficiency.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors

Banco General is incorporated under the law of Panama and started operations in 1955. The Bank operates under the general license of the Superintendence of Panama, which allows it to carry out its business in Panama and overseas. Banco General's subsidiaries include: Finanzas Generales, S. A., B.G. Investment Co., Inc., General de Seguros, S. A., Overseas Capital Markets, Inc., BG Valores, S. A., Banco General (Costa Rica), S. A., Vale General S.A. and Profuturo Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones Y Cesantias, S.A. In addition, the Bank has representative offices in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru and Colombia.

Contact Information

For inquires about the project, contact: Banco General, S.A. 
Eugenia de Jimenez 
VP Treasury and Investments 
+507 303-7000 

Torre Banco General, Aquilino De La Guardia Street 

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Washington DC 20433
Telephone: 202-473-3800
Fax: 202-974-4384



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