Summary of proposed guarantee
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- Project name
- Raiffeisen Bank AVAL
- Project ID
- Fiscal year
- Guarantee holder
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
- Investor country
- Host country
- Environmental category
- Date SPG disclosed
- May 23, 2013
- Project Board date
- June 11, 2013
- Gross exposure
- $142.5 million
- Project type
This summary covers a loan guarantee by Raiffeisen Bank International AG (RBI) of Austria issued in support of funds raised by its Ukrainian subsidiary Raiffeisen Bank AVAL (RBAV). RBI has applied for a MIGA guarantee of up to $142.5 million for a period of up to eight years against the risks of transfer restriction and expropriation of funds.
MIGA’s coverage would assist RBI in its efforts to continue providing support to its subsidiary without breaching its internal and regulatory country exposure limits.
The project is a category FI under MIGA’s Policy on Social and Environmental Sustainability.
The state of Ukraine’s economy continues to remain delicate in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis as a result of spillover effects from its euro-zone neighbors.
The proposed project would bolster the capital base of a systemically important bank, strengthening the banking sector in Ukraine in a difficult macroeconomic environment.
RBAV provides new credit to the economy—in particular to corporates, farms, and small and medium enterprises that create jobs and foster economic activity and growth.
MIGA’s guarantee to the proposed project is fully consistent with the World Bank Group’s Country Partnership Strategy for Ukraine that calls for job creation and the attraction of foreign direct investment to improve productivity and international competitiveness. It is also consistent with the goals of the Vienna 2 Initiative for countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe—through which MIGA seeks to support Western banks active in the region.