IFC Statement on TBC Bank Group Georgia

Washington, D.C., July 25, 2019—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is aware of the developments around TBC Bank, noting the recent board changes at TBC Bank Group PLC. We welcome the decision by the chairman and the deputy chairman of the bank to step down from the board to focus on legal proceedings.

We note the leading role of TBC Bank in Georgia’s banking sector and expect a fair and transparent resolution of the case, with no adverse consequences for the bank’s operations. IFC was the first international financial institution to become a shareholder of TBC Bank in 2000, and we will continue to support TBC Bank Group PLC.

The banking sector’s growth is critical for the development of other sectors of the economy and our continued emphasis will be on strengthening the financial sector and increasing access to finance for businesses.