Tunisia - Amen Bank (AFDB-P-TN-HAB-009)

  • Tunisia
Geographic location where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
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
May 29, 2019
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.
Amen Bank
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)
$ 17.45 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.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported 50
Converted using 2019-05-29 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ AFDB website

Updated in EWS Sep 11, 2020

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Project Description
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According to bank documents, the project involves funding from the Bank's balance sheet of EURO 50 million, composed of two lines of credit, to Amen Bank of Tunisia for onward lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporates in key sectors of the country's economy. Amen Bank is a Tunisian commercial bank listed on the Tunis stock exchange with total assets of TND 8.813 billion and shareholders' equity of TND 905.28 million at the end of 2018. The proposed funding, composed of a long-term line of credit and a trade finance facility, will enable Amen Bank to gain access to much-needed financial resources to grow its loan and trade finance portfolios thereby contributing to Tunisia's development. The long-term LOC will enable Amen Bank to provide long-term investment funding to its clients with projects and investment opportunities in the agriculture/agribusiness, industry and health sectors. Consequently, with the Bank's TFLOC, Amen Bank will have a facility that is more suitable for funding trade operations and with which it can meet some of its clients' growing demand for trade finance. The TFLOC, on the other hand, will allow Amen Bank to develop its trade finance business with its resources to be used by its clients operating in the already mentioned sectors to finance imports and exports accordance with the Bank's guidelines. It will boost productive capacity and, consequently, Tunisia's export potential.

The project will provide Amen Bank with access to the stable resources it needs to meet the medium and long-term financing demands of its clients. It will help strengthen Amen Bank's role as a player recognized for its contribution to Tunisia's development and its support for SMEs and other companies, enabling them to grow and create employment opportunities by providing them with sufficient financing on competitive terms.

Investment Description
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Financial Intermediary
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The Independent Review Mechanism (IRM), which is administered by the Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (CRMU), is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who have been or are likely to be adversely affected by an African Development Bank (AfDB)-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the IRM, it may assist you by either seeking to address your problems by facilitating a dispute resolution dialogue between you and those implementing the project and/or investigating whether the AfDB complied with its policies to prevent environmental and social harms. You can submit a complaint electronically by emailing crmuinfo@afdb.org, b.kargougou@afdb.org, b.fall@afdb.org, and/or s.toure@afdb.org. You can learn more about the IRM and how to file a complaint at https://www.afdb.org/en/independent-review-mechanism/ 

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