European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) announced it has handed $100 million loan to the National Bank of Egypt (NBE) to support the country's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The loan will benefit Egypt’s SMEs in terms of energy efficiency, climate change mitigation and the introduction of adaptation technologies, according to the EBRD.
NBE will on-lend the funds to SMEs operating in the sectors of industry, commerce and agriculture to help improve the use of energy, water and land resources, as well as investments in high-performing technologies, which is expected to support the Egyptian economy, according to the EBRD.
It will also strengthen climate corporate governance at an institutional level.
EBRD provides typical green technologies in Egypt that are available through the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) Technology Selector.
“This is the third EBRD GEFF loan provided to NBE, which will also benefit from a comprehensive technical cooperation programme,” said the EBRD.
NBE is the largest commercial bank in Egypt. Its cooperation with the EBRD, which began in 2013, has included credit and trade finance lines, also to support women entrepreneurs and youth-led and -owned businesses and to strengthen energy efficiency.