WEST AFRICA – The International Finance Corporation (IFC), through its Global Trade Finance Program (GTFP), has partnered with Vista Bank, which serves clients across West Africa with a wide range of financial services, to increase the availability of trade finance in Guinea and Burkina Faso and support imports of essential goods into the countries.
As part of the agreement, Vista Bank’s subsidiaries in Guinea and Burkina Faso will each receive US$12 million to be channelled towards financing imports of foodstuffs, raw materials, refined oil products, equipment, consumer goods, and other important items.
“IFC’s investment is critical to help increase access to trade finance for our customers. On the market side, it will further connect Vista Bank’s cross-border connections, increasing countries’ integration through both financial and real sector channels,” said Simon Tiemtoré, Chairman of Vista Group.
“It will also help link more traders to other countries and connect Burkinabe and Guinean’s financial markets more deeply.”
“Increasing the availability of trade finance in Guinea and Burkina Faso is crucial to provide better access to essential goods, growth, and job retention and creation,” said Sérgio Pimenta, IFC’s Vice President for Africa.
In 2020, IFC provided advisory services to Vista Bank to strengthen its strategy and credit capabilities, helping it increase access to finance opportunities for local SMEs in Guinea, the Gambia, and Sierra Leone.