GTFP Dubai Islamic Bank (IFC-47519)

  • South Asia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
  • Pakistan
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
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
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Mar 29, 2024
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Finance
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
The categories of the bank investment: loan, grant, guarantee, technical assistance, advisory services, equity and fund.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 20.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Mar 30, 2024

Disclosed by Bank Feb 29, 2024

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Project Description
If provided by the financial institution, the Early Warning System Team writes a short summary describing the purported development objective of the project and project components. Review the complete project documentation for a detailed description.

As stated by the IFC, the Project is an unfunded trade finance facility to Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited (DIBPL) of up to US$ 20 million under IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP) for transactions with tenors of up to one year. The purpose of the proposed IFC trade line is to support DIBPL’s trade program in lieu of challenging macroeconomic conditions in Pakistan.

Issuing Banks (IB) in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDE) face ongoing challenges in the availability of financing to support their customers, who are traders exporting or importing commodities (including critical goods such as food and energy products). These IBs depend on global Confirming Banks (CB) to provide trade financing for their customers. However, due to limitations such as individual counterparty or geographic line limits, increased capital reserve requirements, AML/CFT requirements, and other perceived risks amplified by the recent crises, these CBs are unable to meet the needs of their existing and potential IB counterparts in EMDEs. The GTFP facility will provide trade finance support to DIBPL and its trade finance customers by providing IFC's guarantee through risk mitigation to its counterparty banks, and thereby making these trade-flows happen.

Early Warning System Project Analysis
For a project with severe or irreversible impacts to local community and natural resources, the Early Warning System Team may conduct a thorough analysis regarding its potential impacts to human and environmental rights.

As stated by the IFC, this Project will support short-term trade finance activities. The E&S risks and impacts associated with these activities are considered low and the project has therefore been classified as a category FI-3 project in accordance with IFC’s Sustainability Policy.

Investment Description
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Financial Intermediary
A financial intermediary is a bank or financial institution that receives funds from a development bank. A financial intermediary then lends these funds to their clients (private actors) in the form of loans, bonds, guarantees and equity shares. Financial intermediaries include insurance, pension and equity funds. The direct financial relationship is between the development bank and the financial intermediary.
Private Actors Description
A Private Actor is a non-governmental body or entity that is the borrower or client of a development project, which can include corporations, private equity and banks. This describes the private actors and their roles in relation to the project, when private actor information is disclosed or has been further researched.

As stated by the IFC, DIBPL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC UAE (DIB UAE), operating independently since 2005 in Pakistan. The Bank has a branch network of 235 branches in Pakistan as of Dec-23. The largest shareholder of DIB UAE – a publicly listed entity, is Investment Corporation of Dubai which has a majority stake of 27.9%. 

The Bank is headquartered in Karachi, Pakistan.

Contact Information
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General IFC Inquiries - IFC Communications:

Address: 2121 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20433
Telephone: +1 202-473-3800
Fax: +1 202-974-4384

Financial Intermediary - Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited:

Syed Abbas Ali Naqvi - Senior Relationship Manager, Financial Institutions Department
Phone: +922135368553
Address: 2nd Floor, Hassan Chambers, DC 7, Block 7 , Kahkashan Clifton Karachi, Pakistan


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