Harare, 31 October 2022 – The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development (TDB) has extended a 3-year USD 10 million trade finance line of credit to support NMB Bank’s corporate clients in export-focused sectors of the economy.
In line with the Bank’s financial institutions strategy, this new facility to NMB will contribute to funding corporates with trade enabling working capital and capital expenditures. Priority will be given to sectors that enhance Zimbabwe’s export base, increase forex revenue and support expanded employment in sectors such as agriculture, mining, hospitality, tourism, and manufacturing.
Michael Awori, TDB CEO said: “As part of the Bank’s financial institutions strategy, TDB has successfully positioned itself to support local banks with lines of credit to intermediate key trade flows within and between the region and the rest of the world, which is much needed following the retreat of some international correspondent banks from the continent.”
Gloria Mamba, TDB Group Executive, Coverage for Southern Africa said: “TDB and NMB have been working together since 2010, when TDB availed a first line of credit to NMB for general corporate customers. In 2019, TDB and NMB came together to enable a local microfinance institution to extend its lending to SMEs. To deepen our relationship with NMB for the expansion and retooling of the Zimbabwean economy is important to us.”
“Our partnership with TDB has stood the test of time. This line of credit helps to support our shared focus on growth, sustainability, and overall contribution to the development of the Zimbabwean economy. The facility provides the much-needed support to our exporting entities to retool and for working capital support in order for them to compete effectively on the global arena” said Mr. Gerald Gore, NMB Bank CEO.
In Zimbabwe, TDB’s interventions are enabling the transformation of the economy, increasing the availability of foreign currency to generate exports, and facilitating greater levels of inter and intra-Africa trade, through various projects and transactions in several sectors including manufacturing, healthcare, agribusiness, power, as well as hospitality and tourism.
Established in 1985, the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB) is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with 44 sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of USD 8 billion. TDB serves 23 economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration, and sustainable development through trade finance, project and infrastructure finance and asset management.
TDB is part of TDB Group, which also comprises the Trade and Development Fund (TDF), Eastern and Southern African Trade Advisors Limited (ESATAL), TDB Captive Insurance Company (TCI), and TDB Academy.
Anne-Marie Iskandar, Senior Communications Officer
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