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IFC, Union Bank to boost access to trade finance in Nigeria

Monday 12 October 2020 10:59 CET | News

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has announced a finance guarantee facility to Union Bank to boost access to finance for local business and enable increased international trade for Nigeria.

Furthermore, it also aims to help protect the country’s economy from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The USD 40 million facility, under IFC’s Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP), will support Union Bank to establish working partnerships with nearly 300 major banks within the GTFP network.

The facility will enable the continued flow of trade credit into the Nigerian market at a time when imports are critical, and the country’s exports can generate much-needed foreign exchange.

According to the terms of the agreement, the GTFP will offer confirming banks partial or full guarantees covering payment risk on Union Bank’s trade-related transactions. These guarantees are transaction-specific and may be demonstrated by a variety of underlying instruments including letters of credit, trade-related promissory notes, guarantees, bonds, and advance payment guarantees.


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Keywords: Nigeria, IFC, Union Bank, trade finance, Covid 19, financing, SMEs, letters of credit, trade-related promissory notes, guarantees, bonds, advance payment guarantees
Categories: Banking & Fintech | E-invoicing, SCF & E-procurement
Countries: Nigeria
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