Access Microfinance Holding Becomes Shareholder of AMFB

Azerbaijan, Baku / corr Trend / On April 9, 2007, the new share issued by MFBA, increasing the charter capital to AZN 11 million was registered by the State Securities Committee under the President of Azerbaijan Republic.    

All five previous shareholders participated in the capital increase and welcomed the new sixth shareholder, Access Microfinance Holding. The capital increase the new shareholder structure of MFBA is now as follows: the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the International Finance Corporation and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank each has 20%, KfW the Development Bank of the German Government has 24.95%, the German consulting company LFS Financial Systems GmbH has 5.09%, and AccessHolding has 9.95%.

"The willingness of all the existing shareholders and AccessHolding to invest additional funds into MFBA demonstrates their commitment and confidence in the future of MFBA. It demonstrates their belief in the continuing rapid growth of the bank", said the General Manger of MFBA, Dr. Andrew Pospielovsky.

It should be noted that in 2006 alone, MFBA's portfolio tripled to $50m and the population of Azerbaijan is also demonstrating its confidence in MFBA and trusting their savings with us.

MFBA's branch network not only covers Baku with eight branches, but also extends to Sumgait, Ganja, Sheki, Lenkoran and Khachmaz regions, bringing European standards of Banking services to the population of Azerbaijan. In a very short period MFBA passed VYSA certification and each person can now obtain VISA cards from MFBA which they can use not only in MFBA's ATM and POS network, but also across Azerbaijan and internationally.

Access Microfinance Holding was established in August 2006 in Berlin. Its shareholders include the KfW Development Bank, the European Investment Bank (official investment body of the European Union), the International Finance Corporation and the Omidyar Tufts Microfinance Fund. The company has committed a capital of EUR 18 million.

Access Microfinance Holding was created to invest in microfinance institutions (MFIs) and to develop these investments through a combination of equity finance, holding services, and management services rendered by its technical partner, LFS Financial Systems GmbH (LFS).

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