AFP Crecer S.A.
This summary covers an investment by Administradora de Fondos de Pensiones y Cesantias Protección S.A. (AFP Protección S.A.) of Colombia in AFP Crecer S.A. in El Salvador. The investor has applied for a MIGA guarantee of $103 million for a period of up to 10 years against the risks of transfer restriction, expropriation, and war and civil disturbance.
The project involves MIGA’s coverage of AFP Protección’s acquisition cost of a pension management fund in El Salvador, AFP Crecer S.A. AFP Crecer S.A. is one of two pension fund managers of the Salvadoran Pension Savings System, charged with administering its affiliates’ compulsory pension contributions and underlying funds for and on behalf of the Republic of El Salvador. The company was acquired by AFP Protección in November of 2011.
The project is a category FI-3 under MIGA’s Policy on Environmental and Social Sustainability because the existing and expected future portfolio includes financial exposure to business activities that predominately have minimal or no adverse environmental and social impacts.
Well-managed and funded pension funds can play a major role in securing the quality of life of aging populations. In addition, pension funds also play a positive role in enhancing the development of national capital markets, including increasing the availability of long-term funds; reducing the cost of capital; encouraging product and financial market innovation; providing alternative sources of financing; and improving corporate governance.