EIB supports Georgian small, medium size businesses
BAKU, Azerbaijan, December 18
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
European Investment Bank (EIB) is allocating 65 million euro in total to support Georgian small and medium size businesses, Trend reports via the EIB.
As reported, under the EU4Business initiative Bank of Georgia will get a loan 50 million euro, while Liberty Bank will get a loan 15 million euro.
By these operations, it is expected to create 7,800 new jobs in total in Georgia.
"Support for economic development and smart, sustainable and inclusive growth is a key priority of the EU’s work with Georgia,” said EIB Vice-President Lilyana Pavlova.
According to her, SMEs play a significant role in Georgia’s economy and bank's transactions will pave the way for better business prospects for those companies and the country in general.
Minister of Finance Ivane Matchavariani said that he is extremely glad to observe the expansion of EIB’s portfolio in the private sector.
Private sector-growth is the only suitable growth model for Georgia. The government wants to make the SME sector an important growth driver and rap its potential to support sustainability, inclusivity and robustness of the country’s economic development,” said Matchavariani.
Matchavariani noted that this is EIB’s first local currency operation in Georgia which will support the country’s depolarization policies.
"The EU is a strong supporter of SME development in Georgia with a number of projects implemented under the EU4Business brand,” said EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell.
According to him, with this initiative, the bank aims to address the needs of promising SMEs that are unable to get financing for their investments from commercial banks
EU4Business is an EU initiative which supports SMEs in the Eastern Partnership countries (Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine) to support their economic growth.
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