The Minister pointed out the importance of expanding the scope of cooperation between the IFC and private sector companies in Egypt through credit lines to banks to promote the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMEs), in addition to the availability of green bonds, to increase investments in various fields.
The financing is pending approval and would consist of a $75 million loan and interest rate swaps worth around $8 million, according to the IFC.
“This will take place through the International Finance Cooperation (IFC),” Al Marri elaborated on Tuesday.
The size of the current funding portfolio between Egypt and the World Bank is $5.5 billion directed towards 15 projects.
The IFC's $15 million investment in Algebra Fund II will help support the growth of roughly 20 technology startups, primarily in Egypt but also in Africa more broadly, the IFC said in a press release.
This came during Al-Mashat’s meeting with the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Global Head and Director of Climate Business, Vivek Pathak, as part of the Minister’s participation in the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) at Glasgow, the United Kingdom, running from October 31 to November 12.
This comes within the framework of the Ministry of International Cooperation’s endeavors to deepen strategic relations between Egypt and its multilateral and bilateral development partners; advancing the efforts towards achieving Egypt’s Vision 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
A financing package from IFC will help BCI Holding SA, a leading regional manufacturer and distributor of polyurethane (PU) raw materials, systems and specialities with headquarters in the UAE to further expand its production in Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria, creating hundreds of direct and indirect jobs in those countries.
IFC added in a statement that this investment is to help unlock finance for climate-smart projects, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and support the country's transition to a greener economy.
The loan extends to 8 years and will be allocated to finance the company's growth plans across current markets and to enter new markets with the aim of expanding the provision of diagnostic services in emerging markets with high growth rates in addition to strengthening its current presence in Egypt, Jordan and Nigeria, and Sudan.
"The oil and gas sector development strategy has led to the signing of 98 international agreements with a minimum investment of $16 billion,” Tarek el-Molla commented.
The IFC, which is focused on developing private sector in Egypt, has invested over $4 billion in Egypt over the past decade, despite the COVID-19 pandemic;
In the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) virtual webinar titled “Egypt of Tomorrow: Improving Healthcare through Private Sector Investments”, the Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat gave an opening speech on the role of the private sector in healthcare services development on March 30.
This partnership focuses on enhancing the entrepreneurship environment in Egypt, pushing towards the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
IFC noted that through the partnership, both parties will design new financial products to enable farmers - most of whom may lack direct access to electricity grid - to purchase and install solar powered irrigation pumps.
The prime minister said that Egypt aims for cooperation with the two international organizations attracting private investments in the desalination sector.
IFC clarified in a statement that the objective of the funding is to help the company boost exports, introduce cleaner production practices, and create jobs.
Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation, in partnership with the private sector, is working to transform the country towards a green economy, within the framework of the first pillar of the Economic Diplomacy: Multi-Stakeholder Platforms.
The deal is part of greater efforts aimed to help Egyptian private companies to deal with the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, giving attention to creating equal opportunities for women at work.
Using solar power for water pumping could potentially save farmers an estimated LE 14 billion ($875 million) annually in diesel fuel costs, helping reduce greenhouse gas, according to IFC.