The Bank of Industry on Monday said that it has accessed a €100m line of credit under the Transforming Financial Systems for Climate (TFSC) programme of the agency, in collaboration with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
The Managing Director, BOI, Olukayode Pitan said this at the 2nd Regional Roundtable on Creating World Class Sustainable Development Financial Institutions through embracing holistic sustainability.
The event, organised by the Africa Association of Development Finance Institutions was attended by the Chairman of AADFI Mr. Thambo Thamane; the Secretary General of AADFI, Cyril Okoye; and Patricia Ojangole of the Ugandan Development Bank, and Chairman of the International Council of Sustainability Standards and CEO, European Organisation for Sustainable Development (EOSD) Mr. Arshad Rab, among other top officials.
Pitan, who is also the Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Development Finance Institutions said the €100m line of credit would be channelled towards financing investments that contribute to mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change, toward promoting low-emission transition in Nigeria.
In addition, he said that that the Bank of Industry also has access to the $600m Global Environment Fund (GEF)/ Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) credit guarantee scheme that would support it in financing the procurement of plant and machinery for projects that would promote industrial energy efficiency.
He said since the Sustainable Development Goals were launched, there have been concerted efforts globally, to ensure that ‘sustainability’ is advertised and sold to the world not for profit, but to ensure that sustainability is achieved with active and unwavering commitment from all stakeholders in the global ecosystem.
Pitan stated that one of the primary drivers of the developmental strategy at the Bank of Industry is to accelerate the industrialization of the Nigerian economy by providing financial and business support services to environmentally-friendly and sustainable projects across key sectors of the economy.
In the light of this, the BOI MD said the bank set up a full-fledged Environmental & Social Governance team in 2019, which manages its sustainability strategy and activities.
He recalled that in 2013 the Bank set up a group that supports renewable energy projects, noting that through this structure, it went into partnership with UNIDO, funded and commissioned six mini-grid power solutions to provide solar energy to six rural communities across the six geo-political zones.
He explained that for over eight years since the projects were commissioned, the benefitting communities have been enjoying 24-hour uninterrupted green power supply.
He told the gathering that the Bank has also integrated the Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) framework into its end-to-end credit appraisal, approval, disbursement and credit monitoring activities.
The BOI boss also said that the bank last year commenced the registration processes toward obtaining the Sustainability Standards and Certification Initiative (SSCI) accreditation.
He said, “In our continued effort to build a sustainable institution, the bank concluded a
€1bn syndicated loan transaction in August 2022, which brought the total funds that we have raised from the international financial markets since 2018 to about $5bn.
“This will enable us to deepen our impact in key growth and emerging sectors of the economy, given the critical role that they play in national socio-economic development.
“The assessment of our sustainability status contributed to the success of the deal; from credit ratings to active compliance with best practices.
“Through our strategic partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), we have also accessed a €100m line of credit under the Transforming Financial Systems for Climate (TFSC) programme of the agency, in collaboration with the Green Climate Fund (GCF).
“This fund shall be channelled towards financing investments that contribute mitigation and adaptation measures to climate change, toward promoting low-emission transition in Nigeria.
“In addition to the above, we also have access to the $600 Million Global Environment Fund (GEF)/ Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECP) credit guarantee scheme that would support us in financing the procurement of plant and machinery for projects that would promote industrial energy efficiency.”
After the roundtable event, top officials of the Association, led by the Chairman, visited the BOI Office in Abuja where they met with the top management staff of the Bank.
During the visit, the Chairman of AADFI, Mr. Thambo Thamane said that the objective is to promote economic and social development in Africa through cooperation among financial institutions and development partners across the globe.
He said the regional round table of operating sustainable DFIs is being organized with the European Organization for Sustainable Development, adding that ADFI has worked for almost a decade on sustainability agenda for developing and finance institutions.
He said, “BOI is a proud member of AADFI and has demonstrated leadership in participating and other African DFIs will tend to learn from this.
“The SDGs, federal government and other countries development agendas cannot be achieved without sustainable financial institutions.
“The Golden rules of DFIs is in the quest of achieving our desired developmental goals are well implemented or documented and the development financial scheme has gone through different metamorphosis over the past decades. This is not only in Africa but across the globe.”