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

  • Tunisia
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
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
May 29, 2019
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Amen Bank
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
  • Finance
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 17.45 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 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

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
  • African Development Bank (AFDB)
Private Actors
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