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    EBRD, Bank al Etihad sign $10mln green financing facility

    August 18, 2022

    Amman, Aug 17 (Petra) -- The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Bank al Etihad of Jordan have signed a US$ 10 million Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) that includes US$ 0.5 million of co-financing from the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

    The package is complemented by investment incentive grants provided by the EU at €1.125 million and by technical assistance support from multiple donors.

    The facility would be on-lend to local private micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Jordan for investment in climate change adaptation and mitigation technologies and services.

    The partnership marks the first EBRD Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) with a Jordanian bank.

    The investments would bolster the development of an environmentally sustainable, low-carbon and climate-resilient economy in Jordan, a country that suffers from water scarcity and is among those with the highest annual growth rates for energy demand while also fully dependent on energy imports.

    The financing would support individuals, local private MSMEs and technology suppliers, through sub-loans to finance investments in climate adaptation and mitigation technologies and services.

    A comprehensive technical cooperation (TC) package funded by EBRD, the EU and GCF would support Bank al Etihad in its deployment of the facility.

    The TC would include an assessment of the optimal technologies for better integrating climate change practices into the targeted local private MSMEs and households.

    Technical advice would be available on how to implement the energy investments. The TC package would include sessions to raise awareness and build capacity about climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.

    For eligible sub-borrowers, investment incentives funded by the EU would be expected to accelerate the adoption of the climate change adaptation technologies and services by the MSMEs and households.

    EBRD Director for the eastern Mediterranean region, Philip ter Woort, said: 'A key strategic priority for the EBRD in Jordan is to support investment in renewables and energy efficiency projects, for which we see a growing demand in the country.

    I am very pleased that we are supporting our long-term partner Bank al Etihad with this first EBRD Green Economy Financing Facility in Jordan with a Jordanian bank. This programme relies on strong donor funding and I am grateful to the EU and GCF for their crucial support.

    I hope that the new partnership with Bank al Etihad will contribute to the more resilient and sustainable growth of the Jordanian economy.'

    The European Union Ambassador to Jordan, H.E Ms Maria Hadjitheodosiou stressed that 'through the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF), Bank Al-Etihad is offering new financing opportunities to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

    This reflects the private sector’s leadership in supporting economic development as well as job creation. Equally important, the Bank has an important role in guiding MSMEs sustainable economic opportunities.'

    Bank al Etihad’s CEO, Nadia Al Saeed, commented: 'This partnership is one of the many concrete steps we are taking to transition to a more sustainable and climate-resilient business model.

    We hope our partnership with the EBRD will help us make a meaningful impact and protect resources for the next generations.' Bank al Etihad is the fourth-largest bank in Jordan in terms of total assets and is listed on the Amman Stock Exchange.


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