ICD Signs a US$10 Million LoF Agreement to Finance SMEs Affected by COVID-19

THe Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector have signed a US$10 Million LoF Facility Agreement to support SMEs.

The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG), has signed a US$10 million Shariah-compliant Line of Financing (LoF) facility agreement with TuranBank Open Joint-Stock Company (TB), Azerbaijan. The LoF facility will be used to finance private sector enterprises including small and medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LoF facility agreement was signed virtually on 23 February 2022 by Mr. Ayman Sejiny, CEO of ICD, and Mr. Fazail Musayev, Chairman of the Board of the Bank.

“The LoF facility with TuranBank resonates with ICD’s renewed support to private sector businesses in Azerbaijan. The LoF facility will result in boosting businesses and preserving jobs. This facility will surely support the development of the private sector in Azerbaijan and the entire Caucasus region in general.” 

Mr. Ayman Sejiny, CEO, ICD

This LoF facility, Mr. Sejiny further said, is in line with ICD’s commitment to assist Azerbaijan and other CIS member states in overcoming the adverse impact of the pandemic on the economy and strengthen their financial condition.

The LoF facility will expand the financing of SMEs and other private sector businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be utilized in further developing long-term and affordable financing opportunities for SMEs by diversifying the TB’s financial resources, as well as facilitating the development of the country’s non-oil sector through access to financial resources”, commented Mr. Fazil Musayev. 

“Cooperation with International Financial Institutions is of great importance for us, as it allows us to attract cheaper financial resources to the country’s economy, as well as to improve our activities using the best practices of these institutions. We are proud to note that TuranBank closely cooperates with global leading and influential Financial Institutions such as International Finance Corporation (IFC), Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sparkassenstiftung, Eco Trade and Development Bank as well as other reputable microfinance institutions and plans to continue its activities in this direction in the future.”

Mr. Fazail Musayev, Chairman of the Board of the Bank

ICD and TB have a long-term partnership dating back to 2008. Having successfully cooperating on four previous LoF facilities, the new facility will mark the 5th facility extended to the bank.

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