Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

EU and EIB provide EUR 30 million to support 600 small and medium-sized businesses

Tbilisi, 27/09/2018 - 10:05, UNIQUE ID: 180927_4
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has lent EUR 30m to TBC Bank, the largest bank in Georgia, in order to broaden the access to finance of Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which represent more than 90% of companies active in the country. The EIB funds will be provided in the framework of the European Union’s EU4Business initiative, designed to support SMEs in the six Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine). Around 600 Georgian SMEs are expected to benefit from the loan.

EIB Vice-President Vazil Hudák commented: “thanks to the EIB support, Georgian SMEs will improve their access to longer term finance, which is a prerequisite for their growth and competitiveness. Our fourth loan with TBC Bank is expected to support the development of approximately 600 small and medium size companies, by giving them better access to finance. We hope this will promote job creation and foster the general development of Georgia’s economy”.

“We are proud to have built such a successful relationship with the EIB, TBC Bank’s long standing partner. This is already the fourth transaction we have successfully accomplished since the launch of our partnership in 2012, which is a testament to the truly efficient working relationship our respective organisations have formed. This facility will help TBC Bank to further strengthen its leading position in the Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) segment,” stated Vakhtang Butskhrikidze, CEO of TBC Bank.

This is the fourth EIB Group operation with TBC Bank and builds upon the fruitful cooperation of the EU bank with this Georgian institution. Since 2011, TBC Bank has on-lent EIB funds for SMEs totalling EUR 85m.                                                                                             

The EIB loan can be combined with portfolio guarantees supporting SMEs which were extended to TBC Bank last year through two instruments also promoted under the EU4Business Initiative: the InnovFin portfolio guarantee, supporting innovative SMEs, and the DCFTA Initiative East portfolio guarantee, unlocking additional financing for small businesses. The overall objective is to allow TBC Bank to extend financing on favourable terms to a broader group of small and medium-sized companies that would otherwise have limited access to the bank’s lending.

In these operations, the EIB has joined forces with the European Union to strengthen economic development in the countries that have signed Association Agreements with the EU – namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – by providing financial and technical support targeted at SMEs in these three countries. The EU supports private sector development in the Eastern Partnership countries by enhancing access to finance for SMEs, improving the business environment and providing advisory services to local businesses.

Background information:

About EIB:

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the European Union's bank. It is the long-term lending institution of the EU and is the only bank owned by and representing the interests of the European Union Member States. It makes long-term finance available for sound investments in order to contribute towards EU policy goals. The EIB works closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy.

As the largest multilateral borrower and lender by volume, the EIB provides finance and expertise for sound and sustainable investment projects which contribute to furthering EU policy objectives. More than 90% of EIB activity is focused on Europe but it also supports the EU's external and development policies.

The aim of the InnovFin SME Guarantee is to encourage banks or other financial institutions to lend to SMEs and small mid-caps (up to 499 employees) in need of investment and/or operating capital to finance research, development and innovation activities, with EU financial support. Financial institutions are being selected by the EIF following a call for expression of interest for financial intermediaries across Europe.

The EIB Group has joined forces with the European Union under the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) Initiative East Programme aiming to strengthen economic development in the countries which have signed Association Agreements with the EU – namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – by providing financial and technical support targeted at SMEs in these three countries.

About EU4Business:

EU4Business is an EU initiative that helps SMEs in the six countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine) to finance their development and boost economic growth. EU4Business support is delivered by the EIB together with other organisations outside the EU such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. All EU activities that support SMEs in the Eastern Partnership countries are part of EU4Business. The EIB has joined forces with the European Union to strengthen economic development in the countries that have signed Association Agreements with the EU – namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine – by providing financial and technical support targeted at SMEs in these three countries.

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