PKR 1 Billion Announced For SMEs By UK-Funded Karandaaz And JS Bank

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PKR 1 Billion Announced For SMEs By UK-Funded Karandaaz And JS Bank

The UK-funded Karandaaz has signed an agreement with JS Bank to jointly make PKR 1 billion available for small and medium enterprise (SME) financing. Increased access to SME financing will create jobs, improve household incomes and increase economic growth at a macro-economic level in Pakistan.

Karandaaz Pakistan, a company funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and JS Bank, one of Pakistan’s fastest growing banking institutions, signed the risk participation agreement to jointly facilitate SME financing. The facility has been designed on a 50-50 risk participation basis between the two organisations to improve overall commercial lending for the SME sector in Pakistan.

Joanna Reid, Head of DFID Pakistan, while speaking about the partnership between Karandaaz and JS Bank said:

“This is an exciting new step in the UK’s support to Pakistan’s economic growth and improved business investment climate.

I’m proud of the agreement signed today as SME financing means more jobs for younger people, a skilled workforce and innovation I businesses. The UK is committed to support Pakistan to reduce poverty and achieve prosperity for all.”

Speaking at the occasion Mr. Ali Sarfraz, CEO Karandaaz Pakistan said:

“It is critical for broad based economic and employment growth in Pakistan that the existing credit contraction is reversed and brought in line with comparable international benchmarks of at least 20-30 percent of banking assets directed towards SME financing. It is also crucial for commercial banks to develop viable credit models to lend to this vital agent of the economy. Karandaaz is glad to be partnering with JS Bank, one of Pakistan’s most forward-looking banks, to introduce this financing for SMEs.”

JS Bank’s CEO and President, Mr. Basir Shamsie stated:

Living up to its commitment towards financial inclusion, innovation and customer-centricity, JS Bank is striving to introduce value added partnerships and offerings catering to SME financing. We currently offer a range of trade facilitation services, business loans, dedicated relationship managers and other convenience focused amenities to augment the banking experience for our SME clients. This risk participation facility with Karandaaz will aid further enhancement of our SME financing portfolio and cater to the needs of the market.”

JS Bank, has embarked on several initiatives to strengthen its product lineup including variants of value-added financial services and technology based solutions to expand its SME relationships. In addition to introducing specific products and services for SME financing, the bank has further enhanced its focus through its relationship lending model as well as operating through several dedicated hub branches across the country.

About Karandaaz Pakistan:

Karandaaz Pakistan is a not-for-profit Company established in August 2014 and focuses on fostering economic growth and creating jobs through financial inclusion of unbanked individuals and unserved enterprises, with a special focus on women and youth. Since its inception, Karandaaz has enabled investment of PKR 24 billion in micro, small and medium businesses, and PKR 657 million towards digital financial services. These investments have reached more than 650 SMEs and supported an estimated 11,000 jobs in SMEs and 430,000 jobs in micro enterprises. Karandaaz Pakistan receives financial support from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). For more information, please visit http://www.karandaaz.com.pk

About JS Bank:

JS Bank is one of the fastest growing banks in Pakistan, with 323 branches in 161 cities. The Bank also has an international presence and is a leading player in the digital banking space. JS Bank has received the prestigious award for Best Environmental and Social Governance Bank at the Pakistan Banking Awards 2017. The Bank is part of JS Group, one of the Pakistan’s most diversified and progressive financial services group. For more information, please visit http://www.jsbl.com.

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