AZE: Improving Financial Service Outreach for Agriculture - AccessBank Azerbaijan (ADB-49093-001)

Countries
  • Azerbaijan
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Project Status
Approved
Bank Risk Rating
FI
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Voting Date
Apr 22, 2015
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Borrower
AccessBank Azerbaijan
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Sectors
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Loan Amount (USD)
$ 75.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ ADB website

Updated in EWS Jan 2, 2018

Disclosed by Bank May 13, 2015


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Project Description
According to ADB website, the loan will support farm investments and working capital and enterprises operating in the agriculture value chain through Access Bank Azerbaijan (ABA). ADB funding will improve rural income generation and livelihood in Azerbaijan. With only 16% of credit flowing to Azerbaijans regions, and only 5% to agriculture, finance is largely unavailable in rural Azerbaijan. Agriculture is fragmented into 1.2 million small farms employing 38% of the working population and contributing only 6.2% to GDP (2013). However, agriculture witnessed robust growth of 4% p.a. over the past decade and has substantial growth potential to meet growing domestic and import demand for food (fruits, vegetables and dairy products). Farms and MSMEs are the most important source for employment and income generation in the regions. Lack of funding is one of the main reasons limiting their growth. The expected outcome is improved ability of ABA to provide financial services to farmers, and agriculture MSMEs.
Investment Description
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Contact Information
Project Officer: Hruschka, Stefan A. Private Sector Operations Department No contact information provided at the time of disclosure. ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF ADB The Accountability Mechanism is an independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by an Asian Development Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Accountability Mechanism, they may investigate to assess whether the Asian Development Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can learn more about the Accountability Mechanism and how to file a complaint at: http://www.adb.org/site/accountability-mechanism/main