The Vietnam Maritime Commercial Joint Stock Bank (MSB) is ready to obtain a $40 million mortgage from the OPEC Fund for Worldwide Improvement (the OPEC Fund) to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

The mortgage is meant to offer financing to not less than 80 native companies to assist them develop and meet their vital wants, in keeping with OPEC Fund.

Director-Common of the OPEC Fund, Dr. Abdulhamid Alkhalifa, emphasised the significance of SMEs to the economic system of Vietnam. He famous that they make up nearly all of companies and supply greater than half of total employment within the nation. Alkhalifa additionally careworn the importance of systemic banks like MSB in offering financing to help native companies and improve their entry to international markets. This, in flip, promotes sustainable financial improvement and job creation.

MSB CEO, Mr. Nguyen Hoang Linh instructed Vietnam Insider that, the financial institution’s technique is to advertise the event of the SME sector as the primary progress driver within the close to future. The settlement with the OPEC Fund affirms their partnership and their efforts to advertise monetary entry for SME shoppers, who’ve a excessive demand for capital to renew dynamic progress after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the Ministry of Finance, Vietnam has over 500,000 non-public corporations, of which greater than 95% are micro and small enterprises. Entry to credit score stays a serious concern for these firms as their integration into international provide chains and finance was disrupted by the pandemic.

MSB, or the Vietnam Maritime Industrial Joint Inventory Financial institution, was the primary joint inventory financial institution in Vietnam since 1991. With over 30 years of improvement, MSB operates in 51 cities and provinces of Vietnam, with 62 branches and 201 transaction workplaces, using over 6,000 certified workers.

The financial institution is listed on the Ho Chi Minh Inventory Alternate since December 2020 and has whole property of over VND 212 trillion (~US$9 billion) and constitution capital of VND 20 trillion (~US$851 million). MSB gives complete banking and monetary options for all clients within the economic system, particularly specializing in SME and retail lending. The financial institution’s long-term deposit and issuer scores are “B1” by Moody’s, with a “Secure” outlook score for the following 12-18 months.

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The OPEC Fund for Worldwide Improvement (the OPEC Fund) is a worldwide improvement establishment that solely gives financing from member international locations to non-member international locations. Established in 1976, the group works in cooperation with growing nation companions and the worldwide improvement group to advertise financial progress and social progress in low- and middle-income international locations world wide.

The OPEC Fund focuses on financing tasks that meet important wants, resembling meals, vitality, infrastructure, employment (significantly referring to MSMEs), clear water and sanitation, healthcare and training. Up to now, the OPEC Fund has dedicated over US$24 billion to improvement tasks in additional than 125 international locations with an estimated whole challenge value of US$190 billion. The OPEC Fund is very rated by Fitch and S&P, with a imaginative and prescient of reaching sustainable improvement for all.


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