Access Bank And DFC Enters Into $280M Deal To Boost SMEs 

DFC, Access Bank seal $280m financing deal to boost SMEs, women enterprises  - The Business Intelligence

Vincent Ezenagu

Access Bank and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) have inked a deal to improve performance of Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs in Nigeria.

The $280 million financing pact would create access to fund for the Small business operators in the country.

Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of DFC, Scott Nathan, explained that the loan will help address the financing gap for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and advance financial inclusion in Nigeria, including through the bank’s commitment to supporting women-owned and -led businesses.

“DFC’s investment in Access Bank demonstrates U.S. support for private sector-led development in Nigeria and throughout West Africa

“The $280 million loan from DFC will boost financial inclusion in Nigeria and empower women, bolstering the country’s economic growth”, he said.

Meanwhile the U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard who welcomed the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation CEO Scott Nathan to Nigeria, said, “We look forward to discussing with the public and private sectors how DFC funding can be leveraged to unleash the full economic potential of Nigeria through support to the country’s small and medium-sized businesses, financial sector, and climate change-focused enterprises.

Managing Director of Access Bank, Roosevelt Ogbonna said, “Access Bank is extremely pleased to announce this strategic partnership with DFC to support the multitude of businesses across Nigeria who stand to benefit from greater access to finance, especially in an environment that is in need of stronger economic diversification.

“We look forward to utilizing the partnership with DFC in driving further economic expansion and inclusion in Nigeria, with a strong focus on non-oil sectors and women businesses.”

Also, Rizwan Shaikh Citi EMEA Head of Emerging Markets Corporate Bank, said, “We are delighted to have collaborated with Access Bank and DFC on this significant transaction, which will significantly boost SME corporate activity in Nigeria,” said . “This is yet another milestone stride for Citi as it executes a focused local-economy development strategy based on solid partnerships with key clients and development agencies.

“DFC financing for Access Bank will provide needed liquidity given the global economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan is expected to support at least 4,000 new SME loans in Nigeria. In addition, the loan proceeds will be on-lent across more than a dozen sectors in the Nigerian economy, with specific focus on women-owned SMEs, and on loans with longer tenors, which will provide more flexibility to borrowers.

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