Support for the private sector: European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide €20 million in financing and a portfolio guarantee to Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement

Support for the private sector: European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide €20 million in financing and a portfolio guarantee to Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement

<div>Support for the private sector: European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide €20 million in financing and a portfolio guarantee to Banque Mauritanienne de l'Investissement</div>
<div>Support for the private sector: European Investment Bank (EIB) to provide €20 million in financing and a portfolio guarantee to Banque Mauritanienne de l'Investissement</div>

European Investment Bank (EIB)

This is the first time the EIB (https://www.EIB.organd the Mauritanian financial sector have worked together since 2006, and is among the first operations under the new 2023-2027 agreement between the European Commission and the EIB for financing the private sector in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

The impact of this partnership will include the following:

  • Around 400 small businesses and mid-caps will receive support in the form of financing from Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement (BMI), with the support of the EIB and the European Union.
  • The €20 million EIB loan to BMI will mobilise up to €40 million in financing for Mauritanian businesses, amounting to twice the value of the EIB loan. At least 30% of the EIB financing will go primarily to women and at least 30% to young people.
  • The portfolio guarantee agreement linked to the EIB loan will focus specifically on startups and businesses managed by or benefiting women and young people.

On 10 July 2023, Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement (BMI) and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a memorandum of understanding with the support of the European Commission. This will provide for the deployment of €20 million of long-term financing provided by the EIB to BMI for loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and mid-caps in Mauritania, with the support of the European Fund for Sustainable Development Plus (EFSD+), and a portfolio guarantee of €3.2 million, financed by the European Fund for Sustainable Development (EFSD).

This cooperation will help to achieve the EU policy priority of strengthening human development, as established by the European Commission in Mauritania for the 2021-2024 period: “the socio-professional inclusion of young people, equal treatment and equal opportunities, as well as the fight against all forms of discrimination, including gender-based discrimination and discrimination against the most vulnerable.”

At least 30% of the EIB funds will be mobilised by the BMI to help companies that are run by young people or that support youth employment or training. Similarly, at least 30% of the EIB loan will be allocated to enterprises empowering women as entrepreneurs, managers, employees and consumers of products and services that strengthen their participation in the economy, in line with the 2X Challenge (https://www.2xChallenge.org/) initiative. These criteria are aligned with OECD gender objectives, which state that “gender equality is an important objective.”

Furthermore, the EIB will provide BMI with technical assistance to set up climate reporting according to the guidelines of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) (https://www.FSB-TCFD.org/), an international initiative supported by more than 50 central banks, 110 regulators and more than 2 000 financial institutions.

“It is a great honour and a privilege for us to be taking part in the signing ceremony of the financing agreement today between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and Banque Mauritanienne d’Investissement (BMI). On behalf of BMI, I would like to express my gratitude for the signing of a €20 million credit line and a guarantee that will provide €40 million in loans to businesses. The agreement, which is the first of its kind in Mauritania for 15 years, lays the foundations for a mutually beneficial partnership between our two institutions and reinforces our vision of positioning the bank as a major player in the Mauritanian economy. We appreciate the confidence that the EIB has shown in BMI,” said BMI CEO Mohamed Yahya Sidi. “This financing for SMEs, women entrepreneurs and young people comes at just the right time and strengthens our bank’s capacity to support businesses weakened by the recent healthcare crisis. SMEs play an important role in the economic and social landscape, making an effective contribution to creating jobs, thereby helping to reduce inequality and unemployment, as well as helping to eradicate poverty. They are the perfect place for fostering ideas, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.”

“I am delighted to be signing this finance contract with Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement in Nouakchott today, with the support of the European Commission. This is an important partnership, intended to strengthen support for Mauritanian businesses, particularly SMEs, specifically by giving young people and women access to financing. Boosting employment is also a key priority of this partnership,” said EIB Vice-President Ambroise Fayolle. “This is the European Investment Bank’s first partnership with the financial sector in Mauritania since 2006, with which we hope to create a new dynamic with the financial sector to strengthen support for the economy and the prospects for socioeconomic development. In doing so, we are supporting new opportunities for the future, particularly for young people and women.”

His Excellency Gwilym Jones, Ambassador of the European Union to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, reaffirmed the importance of this cooperation, which consolidates the European Union’s significant support for the country’s development and the improvement of living conditions for its people. The agreement signed today complements the more than €200 million in grants, equivalent to almost MRU 7.6 billion, that the European Union has made available to Mauritania since 2021 alone.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of European Investment Bank (EIB).

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About the European Investment Bank:
The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the lending institution of the European Union (EU) and is owned by the EU Member States. It provides long-term financing for viable investment projects in order to help achieve the EU’s policy objectives.

The EIB has been a strong partner of African countries for more than 55 years. Through EIB Global, the bank is strengthening its presence in Africa. Over the past decade, the EIB has provided more than €28 billion for investment in innovative technologies, green energy, water, education, agriculture, telecommunications, healthcare, and businesses in 40 countries across the continent.. Since the start of the pandemic in 2019-2020 alone, the EIB has provided more than €8.5 billion for new private and public investment across Africa.

EIB Global is the EIB Group’s specialised arm devoted to increasing the impact of international partnerships and development finance.. EIB Global is designed to foster a strong, focused partnership within Team Europe, alongside fellow development finance institutions and civil society. EIB Global brings the Group closer to local people, companies and institutions through our offices across the world. Website: www.EIB.org

About Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement:
Banque Mauritanienne de l’Investissement (BMI) operates in the Mauritanian banking sector, providing solid overall performance. BMI is one of Mauritania’s most dynamic commercial banks. It has grown rapidly while maintaining solid asset quality, and now ranks among the country’s five largest banks, both in terms of balance sheet and network, with 39 branches across the country, including 16 branches in the capital Nouakchott, a network of 200 partner companies selling BMI products, and a workforce of 388 employees. In 2022, BMI launched the Sedad digital bank, designed to give businesses and private customers easier access to banking services. BMI offers its private and business customers a wide range of accessible and practical banking products and services perfectly tailored to their needs, including day-to-day banking transactions, and financing for operating and investment requirements, and for international trade.

BMI offers its customers innovative, simple, transparent and responsible banking solutions. Website: www.BMI.mr  

About the European Union’s priorities in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania:
The European Union has been active in Mauritania for 50 years. Alongside the EU Member States (Team Europe), it works to promote socioeconomic development in the country, with a focus on healthcare, education, technical and vocational training, the environment, energy, and support for the private sector, particularly the fishing, agriculture and livestock farming sectors. It is also supporting the country in the field of governance, working to modernise public administration, in addition to its involvement in the fields of security, stability, and migration management. As part of the 2021-2024 programme, a budget of €125 million has been made available to work towards the following priorities: (1) human development, (2) transition to green and blue economies, and (3) governance. The European Union’s work in Mauritania is part of the Global Gateway initiative, which aims to develop sustainable and reliable connections for the benefit of people and the planet.