ADB will provide a senior unsecured loan to Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) of up to $200 million in up to two tranches in tenors of up to 5 years. ADB expects to syndicate a B loan of up to $100,000,000 among commercial banks and other eligible B loan participants on a best-effort basis and subject to market conditions.
|Project Name||Mainstreaming Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Lending Project|
|Borrower/Company||Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam
|Type or Modality of Assistance||
|Strategic Agendas||Inclusive economic growth
|Drivers of Change||Private sector development
|Sector / Subsector||
Finance / Small and medium enterprise finance and leasing
|Gender Equity and Mainstreaming||Some gender elements|
|Responsible ADB Department||Private Sector Operations Department|
|Responsible ADB Division||Private Sector Financial Institutions Division|
|Responsible ADB Officer||Cheema, Asif|
|Description||ADB will provide a senior unsecured loan to Joint Stock Commercial Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV) of up to $200 million in up to two tranches in tenors of up to 5 years. ADB expects to syndicate a B loan of up to $100,000,000 among commercial banks and other eligible B loan participants on a best-effort basis and subject to market conditions.|
|Objectives and Scope||BIDV will use the proceeds of ADB''s loan to finance business loans to SMEs in Viet Nam. Not less than 25% of ADB''s A loan will be used for SMEs in rural areas. ADB also expects to provide a transaction technical assistance (TA) grant of up to $1,000,000. The TA is expected to support BIDV's digital finance strategy, strengthen environmental and social standards, and enhance its risk management capabilities, as well as enable it to start tracking loans to SMEs owned by women and developing targeted marketing and product strategies.|
|Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy||ADB's Strategy 2030 emphasizes its support to the financial sector to achieve greater financial inclusion; gender equality; job creation; and access to affordable housing, insurance, and savings. The proposed transaction contributes to financial sector development by supporting the growth of a financial institution that plays a key role in Viet Nam's finance sector. ADB's Strategy 2030 also seeks to promote inclusive growth. Without access to formal financial services, underserved segments of the population will be excluded from the growth process and its benefits.|
|Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects|
|Environmental Aspects||The transaction's potential environmental and social impacts, risks associated with the financial intermediary's existing and/or likely future portfolio, and commitment to and capacity for environmental and social management have been assessed. Prior to the disbursement of the ADB financing, the company will design and implement a project-specific Environment and Social Management System to comply with ADB's Safeguard Policy Statement (2009) requirements.|
|Involuntary Resettlement||Involuntary displacement impacts are not anticipated from SME borrower business activity. Land lease or purchases are expected to be on a willing buyer, willing seller basis without recourse to government compulsory acquisition power for expropriation. Prior to ADBs first disbursement, BIDV will develop an ESMS specifically for SME lending using ADB funds. The ESMS will include screening procedures to ensure loan proceeds directed toward land purchases or leases are utilized in compliance with national laws and regulations, and do not involve involuntary displacement impacts. BIDV will not use ADB proceeds to finance an SME borrower's business activity that causes category A or B involuntary displacement impacts per the ADB Safeguard Policy Statement (2009).|
|Indigenous Peoples||BIDV is not expected to onlend ADB funds to sub-borrowers that would generate adverse or beneficial impacts on distinct and vulnerable ethnic minority groups in Viet Nam. It is possible that members of ethnic minority groups owning or managing SMEs can benefit from access to finance through BIDV. They would benefit equally, and on the same terms, as other citizens. The new ESMS will include a screening procedure to ensure that no SME loans are financed by BIDV using ADB funds that would cause adverse impacts on the identity, dignity, human rights, livelihood systems, and cultural uniqueness of distinct and vulnerable ethnic minority groups. As BIDV does not identify customers by ethnicity, it cannot plan to target members of ethnic minority groups owning or managing SMEs to maximize beneficial impacts. All loans will be assessed for compliance with applicable national law and regulations.|
|Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation||The project offers limited opportunities in its implementation for strengthening inclusiveness and empowerment of the poor and vulnerable, except through BIDVs borrower credit appraisal, loan due diligence, and monitoring procedures. BIDVs SME customers and their employees will benefit from better access to longer-tenor finance, which will contribute to job security. SME customers participate in the design of the project through consultation for market research and product design, as well as through SME industry groups with which BIDV is affiliated. BIDV actively engages with SME industry groups. In response to the Government of Viet Nam's Directive No. 26/CT-TTg issued on 6 June 2017 on supporting and developing business enterprises, BIDV has in place and signed a comprehensive cooperation agreement with the Vietnam Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (VINASME), which will be in effect throughout 2017-2020. The agreement commits BIDV to support the development of household businesses into enterprises and to promote export product growth. BIDV will also collaborate with VINASME to provide members with capacity development training and preferential interest rates.|
|Timetable for assistance design, processing and implementation|
|Concept Clearance||20 Feb 2018|
|Credit Committee Meeting||11 Jul 2018|
|Approval||29 Aug 2018|
|Last PDS Update||03 Sep 2018|
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