To boost access to finance for small businesses in Nigeria and to support increased trade, IFC today announced a partnership with union bank of nigeria plc to help the bank expand lending to hundreds of businesses operating in critical sectors of the country, including food, healthcare, manufacturing and services.

IFC $30 million loan will allow union bank to increase business financing and working capital loans to Nigerian businesses, including those whose cash flows have been affected by recent disruptions in global and local markets.

‘As a bank, we are deeply committed to the success of SMEs. We understand the critical role of small businesses in leadership Nigeria economy towards recovery. This financing from IFC will allow us to extend financial relief to our clients during this difficult time. I am confident that the funds will help these companies seize opportunities and preserve jobs,’ he said. Mudasir AmrayGeneral Director and CEO of union bank.

‘Strengthening supply chains and trade flows through working capital financing lays the foundation for faster growth and economic diversification in Nigeria. IFC’s partnership with union bank it is part of a broader strategy to ensure that the flow of goods and services continues despite disruptions to global trade,’ he said. Kalim M ShahIFC Senior Country Manager for Nigeria, Liberia Y Sierra Leone.

The loan facility union bank is being delivered through IFC’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Working Capital Solutions Package, which was launched in 2020 to provide financing to existing IFC clients in emerging markets who will then extend new loans to businesses affected by shocks economics of COVID-19.

Recent disruptions to the global economy following COVID-19, including rising inflation and limited access to finance, have left many businesses in Nigeriaparticularly SMEs, which are struggling with supply chain shortages, the rising cost of doing business and limited trade growth.

the association with union bank highlights IFC’s commitment to supporting small businesses in Nigeriahelping them preserve and create jobs, and access critical inputs.

The loan announced today is backed by the combined financing line of the of the International Development Association Private Sector Window, which mitigates the financial risks associated with investments in sectors such as SMEs and agribusiness.

IFC has an active investment portfolio of $2.3 billion in Nigeria – the second largest in Africa after South Africa – across all sectors, including agribusiness, healthcare, manufacturing, infrastructure, technology, and financial services.

About IFC

IFC – member of the World Bank Group – is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries and use our capital, experience and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2022, IFC committed a record $32.8 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, harnessing the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of deepening global crises. For more information, visit

About the IDA Private Sector Window

He of the International Development Association The (IDA) Private Sector Window was launched in 2017 to catalyze private sector investment in the poorest and most fragile countries. Recognizing the key role of the private sector in achieving IDA’s objectives and the of the World Bank Group Twin objectives, the window provides a source of co-investment financing and guarantees to reduce the risk of private investments supported by IFC and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (CRUMB). The IDA PSW is an option when there is no commercial solution, and the of the World Bank Group other tools and approaches are insufficient. For more information, visit:

About Union Bank of Nigeria

Established in 1917 and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 1971, union bank of nigeria plc. is a household name and one of Nigeria long-standing and most respected financial institutions. The Bank is a reliable and recognizable brand, with an extensive network of more than 250 branches throughout Nigeria.

The Bank currently offers a variety of banking services to individual and corporate customers, including checking, savings and deposit account services, funds transfer, direct debit of foreign currency, loans, overdrafts, equipment leasing and trade financing. The bank also offers its customers convenient electronic banking channels and products, including online banking, mobile banking, USSD banking, debit cards, ATMs, and POS systems. More information can be found at:

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