Brazil Emergency Assistance Program for Economic Recovery (NDB-brazilemergencyassist)

  • Brazil
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Financial Institutions
  • IDB Invest (IDBI)
  • New Development Bank (NDB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Dec 7, 2020
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 1,000.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported USD 1.0 billion
Converted using 2020-12-18 exchange rate.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 3,500.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Currency conversion note:
Bank reported USD 3.5 billion
Converted using 2020-12-18 exchange rate.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ NDB website

Updated in EWS Dec 18, 2020

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Project Description
<table border="0" width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width: 16%; text-align: left;"><strong>Project Context</strong></td> <td style="width: 84%;" colspan="3"><br /><br /><br /><br /> <div>The crisis unraveled by the COVID-19 outbreak represents an unprecedented impact to Brazil&rsquo;s economy. Macroeconomic indicators are deteriorating, and unemployment and household debt levels are expected to increase further. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are especially impacted as they face the most severe credit restrictions. In Brazil, SMEs represent 99% of the total number of business firms, 27% of the country&rsquo;s GDP, 52% of the employment generation and 40% of the country&rsquo;s payroll. To address the adverse impact on SMEs, the Government of Brazil (GoB) has created the Credit Access Emergency Program (PEAC). The Program consists of expansion of the existing Investment Guarantee Fund (FGI) with an additional investment of USD 3.5 billion to improve credit access, increase credit limits and reduce borrowing costs for SMEs.</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 16%; text-align: left;"><strong>Project Objective</strong></td> <td style="width: 84%;" colspan="3"><br /><br /><br /><br /> <div>The Emergency Program (Program) is proposed to address the adverse economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic and enable economic recovery. Its objective is to improve SMEs&rsquo; access to credit by providing guarantees to help them overcome any temporary liquidity problem, ensure the continuity of their operations, and strengthen their financial sustainability, thereby preventing significant loss of jobs.</div> </td> </tr> <tr> <td style="width: 16%; text-align: left;"><strong>Project Description</strong></td> <td style="width: 84%;" colspan="3"><br /><br /><br /><br /> <div>The NDB&rsquo;s loan (Loan) is to support the recovery of the Brazilian economy by providing resources for the Government of Brazil (GoB) to capitalize the FGI-PEAC Fund that provides guarantees to participating Financial Institution (FIs) on loans provided to SMEs.<br /> FGI was created in 2010 and is managed by the BNDES. FGI, in partnership with FIs, provides fast and less costly guarantees on SME loans availed from FIs. The Fund was expanded in 2020 under PEAC, as a response from the GoB to the COVID-19 impact on the economy. The Fund provides guarantees to participating FIs for 80% of the loans provided to SMEs, limited to BRL 10 million (USD 1.8 million) per SME per FI. No premium rate is charged and only minimum personal guarantees are required in accordance with the respective FIs&rsquo; policies.</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>
Investment Description

The total cost of the investment is also financed by the Brazilian Government (USD 2.3 bi) and by the IDB (USD 0.2).

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Contacts NDB Borrower Implementation Agency
Project Team Leader:

Raisa Leao

Ludmila Silva

Ministry of Economy of the Government of Brazil:
Marcelo Guaranys
BNDES:Fernando Mantese