MOROCCO – The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), supported by the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the European Union (EU), is providing a financial package of up to €25 million (US$29.30m) to Bank of Africa – BMCE Group to support Morocco’s green transition.
The financing, of which a total of €18.75 million (US$21.98m) will be provided by the EBRD and €6.25 million (US$7.33m) by the GCF, will be extended as subloans by Bank of Africa and its leasing subsidiary Maghrebail to local citizens, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and corporates for investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation technologies.
The new EBRD financing comes under the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) in Morocco, which is supported by the GCF, and will build on the successful cooperation in implementing the Morocco Sustainable Energy Financing Facility (MorSEFF) programme.
A comprehensive technical capacity package complemented by investment incentives, both funded by the EU, will support Bank of Africa – BMCE Group in the deployment of the programme.
The EU considers this package to be a concrete help for companies to find and finance the solutions that are best suited to their transition to the green economy in Morocco.
The loan agreement was signed by Antoine Sallé de Chou, Head of the EBRD’s office in Morocco, and Brahim Benjelloun-Touimi, Director and Delegate General Manager, representing Bank of Africa – BMCE Group.
Bank of Africa – BMCE Group is the third-largest bank in Morocco and listed on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. The bank has been a partner of the EBRD since 2013, when a first trade finance facility was signed.
Morocco is a founding member of the EBRD and became a country of operations in 2012. To date, the Bank has invested almost €3 billion (US$3.52bn) in Morocco through 74 projects.
In January this year, EBRD partnered with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) to a comprehensive financial package of up to €10 million (US$12.16m) to Bank of Africa (BMCE Group) to promote the competitiveness of small businesses and investments in the green economy in Morocco.
This package, of which a total of €7.5 million (US$9.12m) was provided by the EBRD and €2.5 million (US$3.04m) by GCF, will be extended as subloans by Bank of Africa and its leasing subsidiary Maghrebail to local small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that plan to invest in energy and resource efficiency projects and develop their participation in regional value chains.