Europe & Central Asia  Priorities

IFC's Priorities in Europe and Central Asia

OUR FOCUS IS ON HELPING SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES, DEVELOPING CAPITAL MARKETS, AND INCREASING PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IN INFRASTRUCTURE.

Over fiscal year 2016, IFC invested $2.7 billion, including $570 million in mobilized funds, in 57 projects in Europe and Central Asia.

Of that figure, $1,257 million was directed to financial markets, $709 million to manufacturing and services, $637 million to infrastructure projects, $36 million to telecom and technology projects, and $61 million to public-private partnership projects. IFC also supported $900 million in trade finance operations in the region through 27 banks participating in its global trade finance program. In addition, 13 new advisory projects were approved with a total value of $32 million.

Advisory work plays an important role in IFC's involvement in the region. We work with investment partners to build reliable supply and distribution chains through customized advice on better production and management practices to local suppliers and distributors. IFC also helps local companies improve their corporate governance, and environmental and social practices. Over fiscal year 2016, our advisory services programs facilitated financing totaling $751 million across the region, and enabled $2.3 million of private investment to be mobilized. We also collaborated with World Bank Group partners to deliver strong advisory work on investment climate, financial markets, and other crucial areas.

FOCUS AREAS

Financial Markets

IFC invests in and provides advice to financial intermediaries to help expand their services to micro, small, and medium-sized businesses.


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Infrastructure

IFC helps increase access to basic services by financing infrastructure projects and advising governments on public-private partnerships.


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Energy and Climate Business

IFC supports the development of energy efficiency finance, renewable energy, cleaner production, and residential energy efficiency.


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Agribusiness

IFC develops the region's agribusiness sector across the entire supply chain, working with farmers, traders, producers, logistics suppliers, and consumers.


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Opportunities for Women

IFC works with partners to boost women’s employment and help promote the business case for gender diversity in the workplace.


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