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Improving the Competitiveness of SMEs through Appropriate Financing
The objective of the project is to contribute to the development of a robust SME lending market in Guyana and Suriname, and to create a new SME specialized and sustainable lending institution. The project's desired outcomes are: (i) the development and expansion of at least fift SMEs over the next five years in Guyana and Suriname; and (ii) the development of a new SME specialized financial intermediary.

Project Detail

Country

Regional

Project Number

RG-M1025

Approval Date

July 21, 2004

Project Status

Closed

Project Type

Technical Cooperation

Sector

FINANCIAL MARKETS

Subsector

CAPITAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT

Lending Instrument

Instrumento del Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones

Lending Instrument Code

MIF

Modality

-

Facility Type

-

Environmental Classification

-

Total Cost

USD 469,550.00

Country Counterpart Financing

USD 0.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 469,550.00

Financial Information
Operation Number Lending Type Reporting Currency Reporting Date Signed Date Fund Financial Instrument
ATN/ME-8776-RG Non-Sovereign Guaranteed USD - United States Dollar Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) - Nonreimbursable
Operation Number ATN/ME-8776-RG
  • Lending Type: Non-Sovereign Guaranteed
  • Reporting Currency: USD - United States Dollar
  • Reporting Date:
  • Signed Date:
  • Fund: Multilateral Investment Fund II (MIF) -
  • Financial Instrument: Nonreimbursable

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Preparation Phase
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1516278007-4037
Project Abstract for MIF project RG-M1025 - ATN_ME-8776-RG [1795819].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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Other Documents
https://www.iadb.org/document.cfm?id=EZSHARE-1516278007-4228
Elegibility memorandum for MIF project RG-M1025 - ATN_ME-8776-RG [1813895].PDF
Published Dec. 31, 1999
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