ICD and BSIC Niger Cooperate to Finance SMEs in Niger
Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi CEO of ICD and Mr. Abakar Adoum, Managing Director of BSIC, signed the Line of financing agreement for the amount of 9 million euro under the Wakala structure or agency contract
The 9 million Euros line of financing will enable us to finance both the investment and operating needs of our SME clients; especially that it is a 5-year line
The Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (“ICD”) (www.ICD-ps.org), the private sector arm of IDB Group (www.IsDB.org), and BSIC Niger (www.BSICbank.com/niger) have entered into an agreement to finance SMEs in Niger.
Mr. Khaled Al-Aboodi CEO of ICD and Mr. Abakar Adoum, Managing Director of BSIC, signed the Line of financing agreement for the amount of 9 million euro under the Wakala structure or agency contract.
The collaboration will focus on developing private sector especially SMEs, supporting economy, strengthening the balance sheet of the Bank, improving the living standard of the population by creating jobs, generating tax revenues for the government and promoting Islamic Banking in the country.
Mr. Khalid Al-Aboodi, CEO of ICD stated, “ICD has been engaging with local banks in Niger to strengthen SMEs. This agreement will enable us to establish an all-encompassing financial network to support local SMEs willing to develop their business in the country. In addition, BSIC is an institution ICD is familiar with, having extended a line of finance to other subsidiaries of the Group.”
Mr. ABAKAR Adoum said, “The signing of the agreement between our bank and the ICD, marks the beginning of a partnership that we hope will be lasting and fruitful for both institutions. Through our status as WAKEL, BSIC Niger clients (SME) will enjoy a mentoring that meets their needs at relatively acceptable costs. The 9 million Euros line of financing will enable us to finance both the investment and operating needs of our SME clients; especially that it is a 5-year line. As a result, the impact on the activity of these SMEs is incommensurate in view of the difficulties they face in raising resources to support their growth. We are very pleased to see our approach to the ICD lead to the signing of this agreement and we dare to believe that other forms of partnership, including the opening of an Islamic window, will develop in the near future.”
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD).
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About BSIC Niger
BSIC Niger (www.BSICbank.com/niger) is a commercial bank operating in Niger since 2004 with purpose of financing the private sector of the country. BSIC Niger is an affiliate of BSIC (Banque Sahélo - Saharienne pour l’Investissement et le Commerce), a regional financial institution in the Community of Sahel-Saharan States with a share capital of 750 million euros. The group is present in 14 African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Libya, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sudan, Chad and Togo).
About the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector
ICD (www.ICD-ps.org) is a multilateral organization and a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group. The mandate of ICD is to support economic development and promote the development of the private sector in its member countries through providing financing facilities and/or investments, which are in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah. ICD also provides advice to governments and private organizations to encourage the establishment, expansion and modernization of private enterprises. ICD is rated AA/F1+ by Fitch and Aa3/P1 by Moody’s. For more information visit www.ICD-ps.org