Project Data Sheet

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PDS Creation Date 06 Feb 2006
PDS Updated as of 01 Sep 2006

Country Azerbaijan
Project/Program Number 39930-014
Status Approved
Geographical Location Azerbaijan.
In preparing any country program or strategy, financing any project, or by making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographic area in this document, the Asian Development Bank does not intend to make any judgments as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.
Sector Finance
Subsector Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing
Strategic Agendas
Drivers of Change
Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Categories

Project Sponsor


Type/Modality of Assistance Approval Number Source of Funding Approved Amount (thousand)
PS7229Equity Investment
(Fully Disbursed)
PS7229Private Sector Loan
(Fully Disbursed)
TOTAL USD 15,000

Summary of Environmental and Social Issues

Environment: This is a Category FI project. All beneficiaries will be required to adopt appropriate environmental management systems. Social Safeguards: This is a Category C project. No impact is expected regarding involuntary resettlement or indigenous peoples from the activities of the participating banks or their borrowing clients.

Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples

Stakeholder Communication, Participation and Consultation


The goal is to foster private sector development by supporting the emerging private bank sector in Azerbaijan, a transition economy, in which banking is still dominated by state-owned banks. The emerging private bank sector is critical in providing credit to private sector enterprise and such contributes to sustainable economic growth outside the oil sector and state-owned enterprise. By virtue of their small size and customer focus, the targeted banks provide mainly small and micro loans to individual entrepreneurs and small SMEs - and typically do not serve the oil and gas sector. The intervention will strengthen regulatory capital, will enable growth of the small and micro loan portfolio, and support implementation of professional banking practices.1

Objectives and Scope

Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

ADB public sector operations are working with the Government to develop a program to improve credit supply in rural areas, with a particular focus on microfinance. The proposed intervention is complementary to this rural and micro finance initiative as it focuses on a general strengthening of the private banks, rather than on on-lending to a particular target group or geographic region.

Outputs and Implementation Progress

Description of Project Outputs
Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Status of Development Objectives
Material Changes

Business Opportunities

Date of First Listing
Consulting Services
Procurement and Consulting Notices


Concept Clearance 01 Feb 2006
Due Diligence Mission
Investment Committee Meeting
Approval 30 Mar 2006

Contacts and Update Details

Responsible ADB Officer Pamela Bracey (
Responsible ADB Department Private Sector Operations Department
Responsible ADB Divisions Private Sector Investment Funds & Special Initiatives Div


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