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Who is our customer

FNB Zambia is a registered commercial bank in Zambia, a full subsidiary of FNB which is a division of FirstRand Bank Limited. FNB Zambia was established in April 2009. It provides services to business and individuals across Zambia. The bank has set a clear growth strategy based on a comprehensive offering of banking services and leveraging on FirstRand's client relationship in the region. FNB Zambia's business focus is primarily on local corporates, SME's and retail.

What is our funding objective?

FI Africa has extended a USD 10 million Trade Facility Limit to existing client FNBZ under the FMO Trade Enhancement Program to further support trade finance activities.

Why do we fund this investment?

Trade finance is an important mean to promote and facilitate trade in- and between emerging markets. With African economies on the rise again, there is increasing demand for trade finance lines. Various recent studies have indicated a multi-billion trade finance gap annually in Africa alone as the international financial crisis saw many international banks pulling back from emerging markets. By supporting trade finance activities, FMO helps addressing the trade finance gap thereby increasing capacity to facilitate trade flows with- and within Africa.

What is the Environmental and Social categorization rationale?

In line with FMO’s E&S requirements for trade finance, underlying transactions comply with FMO’s E&S Exclusion List and are not illegal under the laws of their country of origin, or under international conventions or agreements

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9/6/2022 USD 7.50 MLN
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