The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in a statement Friday it has provided a €13-million loan to Arab Tunisian Lease to support SME lending..
The local currency financing will support lending to local SMEs.
The EBRD said “in a country where access to funding and liquidity remain constraints on the growth of many private businesses, the EBRD loan will allow ATL Leasing to provide long-term funding to small companies. ATL Leasing will extend leases for the acquisition of equipment, light commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and real estate.”
“Small and medium-sized enterprises play an integral role in the Tunisian economy. There are over 80,000 SMEs in the country, which are responsible for 40 per cent of the GDP and employ more than half of the population. The success of the country’s growing economy largely relies on the success of its small businesses.”
“ATL Leasing is a leading provider of leasing services to SMEs in the country, which makes up its core business. With 12 branches across all major cities of the country, the company has shown a consistently strong financial performance over the past few years.”
“The loan will help limit foreign exchange risks for small business borrowers with earnings in local currency. Supporting access to finance for SMEs through local currency has been identified as one of the strategic priorities by the government of Tunisia and the EBRD.”
Since the start of its operations in Tunisia in 2012, the EBRD has invested over €831 million across 37 projects in the country.