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Farming is crucial to the economies of Central Asia, yet the region's agricultural exports are limited due to poor infrastructure, regulations, and operational industry barriers, such as weak food safety standards.
The limited financial knowledge of Tajik consumers means more than 40 percent of the population spends all their income and accumulates debt. To break the cycle, IFC and the World Bank Group Finance and Markets Practice Group have developed a program
Недостаток знаний в области финансов у таджикистанских потребителей означает, что более 40 процентов населения тратит весь свой доход и
The Kyrgyz credit bureau Ishenim tracks the credit histories of more than 1.6 million businesses and people across the country. But due to a lack of legislation, it often receives incomplete and inaccurate information.
Some 20 years after the Balkan conflict, Bosnia and Herzegovina is still struggling economically. Growth is sluggish and unemployment exceeds 25 percent.

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IFC in Europe, Middle East & North Africa (EMENA)


IFC's EMENA region covers the sub-regions of Europe and Central Asia and Middle East and North Africa. We support private sector development and economic growth to create opportunity and help end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity.



EMENA at a glance:

  • EMENA covers 50 countries presenting a diverse range of development challenges.
  • The Western Europe sub-region covers an additional 21 countries.
  • Our priorities in EMENA are to reach more of the region's poor and vulnerable, create jobs, increase access to infrastructure, expand access to finance, support agricultural development, and tackle climate change.
  • We committed $6.9 billion to 179 projects in fiscal year 2014, representing nearly a third of IFC’s worldwide commitments
  • We delivered important advisory services in several areas, including microfinance, financial infrastructure, corporate governance, investment climate, food safety, and energy and resource efficiency.



IFC in Europe and Central Asia

In fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), IFC commitments totaled $4.7 billion in 117 projects, including $1.2 billion in funds mobilized from our partners.

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IFC in the Middle East and North Africa

In fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014), IFC committed $2.2 billion, including $509 million mobilized from other investors, and an advisory program worth a total of $105 million spread over 96 projects.

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