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OPEC Fund invests $20m in EADB

Anna Lyudvig
Sept. 28, 2020, 9:30 p.m.
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The OPEC Fund for International Development has signed a $20m term loan to East African Development Bank (EADB), an important regional development institution for delivering key development objectives across the East Africa region.

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The OPEC Fund for International Development has signed a $20m term loan to East African Development Bank (EADB), an important regional development institution for delivering key development objectives across the East Africa region.

EADB will use the loan to support small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and infrastructure projects in East Africa.

“We are very pleased to support private sector development in East Africa, which goes to the core of our mandate,” said OPEC Fund Director-General Abdulhamid Alkhalifa.

This is the third loan the OPEC Fund has provided to EADB in support of SMEs.

In 2001, the organization approved $10m, followed by a further $15m in 2013.

“We have partnered with EADB since 2001 and we appreciate the opportunity to strengthen our relationship. SMEs are critical to achieving progress toward Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on decent work and economic growth. Efficient infrastructure, as part of SDG 9, improves access to social services, reduces business and production costs, supports trade, and will ultimately provide East Africa with a more competitive business environment,” Alkhalifa added.

EADB enjoys a high level of commitment from member states Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, as well a diverse shareholder base that includes multilateral and bilateral development institutions and international financial institutions.

SMEs account for more than half of EADB’s portfolio.

They play an important part in development, driving economic growth and employment opportunities in East Africa and in developing countries more generally.

The bank is expanding its resource mobilization activities to meet the growing financing needs of SMEs.

Vivienne Yeda, Director General of EADB, said: “We are pleased to receive a line of credit of $20m from the OPEC Fund dedicated to financing SMEs and infrastructure projects in EADB member countries.”

“We appreciate the confidence placed in the EADB by the OPEC Fund. By financing SMEs, we expect to promote enterprises that generate employment opportunities, social economic development and consequently promote regional integration. The SME sector is a critical pillar for sustainable economic growth as it is the backbone of the EADB member countries’ economies.”

The OPEC Fund is the development finance institution established by the Member States of OPEC in 1976 as a channel of aid to developing countries.

The OPEC Fund works in cooperation with developing country partners and the international donor community to stimulate economic growth and alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged regions of the world.

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