Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan has signed an un-funded Risk-Participation Agreement with the International Finance Corporation. The USD 200 million PKR equivalent programme, will see the IFC cover 50% of Standard Chartered’s risk against short term-trade and working capital funded loan facilities for corporate clients based in Pakistan.
Standard Chartered and IFC aim to leverage their long-standing relationship with export-based industries in Pakistan to enable the generation of foreign exchange inflows which remain critical for the sustainable growth of Pakistan’s economy. These inflows will be made possible through the enhanced availability of trade and working capital loan facilities including supply chain financing and sustainable finance product suites for large-scale manufacturers. This programme is a key milestone of IFC and Standard Chartered’s global collaboration that can be replicated across emerging markets to facilitate trade flows.
Sarmad Lone, Head of Client Coverage, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking (CCIB) for Standard Chartered in the Africa and Middle East region said, “Building on a longstanding partnership with IFC, we are delighted with this first of its kind agreement between IFC and Standard Chartered in Pakistan. As a trade focused bank with a rich network of over 50 markets across Asia, Africa & the Middle East, we play a crucial role in enhancing the accessibility to capital and liquidity to facilitate global trade. This partnership with IFC enables us to work around macroeconomic challenges and helps us support our client base and facilitate development of their business. It is at the core of what we do as a Bank and in complete alignment with our Stand of Resetting Globalisation and our brand promise, Here for good.”
Momina Aijazuddin, Regional Head of Industry at IFC’s Financial Institutions Group across the Middle East, Türkiye, Central Asia, Pakistan, and Afghanistan added that, “This risk participation programme with Standard Chartered Bank is the first of its kind for IFC in Pakistan, designed to enhance access to finance and working capital to companies in economically lucrative sectors, as well as to small and medium enterprises that operate across their value chains. We are confident that with this effort Standard Chartered will play an important role amidst current macro-economic conditions in Pakistan by catalysing job creation, trade, and productivity, as well as economic growth.”