Citi, OPIC and Bank Of Georgia Support the Growth of the Microfinance Sector in Georgia with USD $10 Million Term Funding

Citi, OPIC and Bank Of Georgia Support the Growth of the Microfinance Sector in Georgia with USD $10 Million Term Funding

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 11:00am

CAMPAIGN: Serving Consumers and Small Businesses

CONTENT: Press Release

New York, November 14,2013 /3BL Media/ – Citi (NYSE: C), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the Bank of Georgia announced the closing of a USD $10 million term loan to fund the growth of Bank of Georgia’s Microfinance portfolio to promote the financial inclusion of micro-entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Republic of Georgia.  This loan will be the first from Citi and OPIC for the microfinance sector in Georgia, and is a part of Citi and OPIC’s joint global initiative to support microfinance lending in emerging markets.  

“We are delighted with this opportunity to join forces with Citi and OPIC to extend loans to small businesses in Georgia. The newly-drawn facility will further enhance Bank of Georgia’s competitiveness in micro lending, a segment that makes up a sizeable part of the Bank’s Retail Banking loan portfolio. This facility will also allow the Bank to continue supporting the development of small businesses, which is fundamental for the growth of the country’s economy” said Irakli Gilauri, Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Georgia.

“Expanded access to finance for the micro and small enterprise sector has the potential to accelerate economic growth in Georgia and broaden financial inclusion for those outside the economic mainstream,” said Steve Donovan, Citi’s Regional Executive of Treasury & Trade Solutions for MENA, Turkey and Central Asia. “This transaction demonstrates and reinforces Citi’s and OPIC’s shared commitment to unlock opportunities to access both start-up and sustaining capital for aspiring and established small businesses.”

“Small businesses are fundamental to economic growth and job creation but often still struggle to obtain the financing needed to support and expand their operations” said Elizabeth L. Littlefield, OPIC President and CEO. “OPIC’s longstanding partnership with Citi has provided financing to thousands of micro and small-businesses in regions that are underserved by the financial sector and we are delighted to expand this same partnership to Georgia” Littlefield added. 

Through the successful partnership with OPIC, to date Citi has been able provide $360 million to fund 40 microfinance institutions in 22 countries, having a direct outreach to more than 975,000 borrowers, approximately 91% of whom are women.  Citi’s strong commitment to promote financial inclusion through innovation, thought leadership, and building the financial capability of clients is very well recognized. Citi was awarded the top prize in the International Award category at the Business in the Community’s Awards for Excellence 2012 for “Scaling Microfinance to Achieve Financial Inclusion,” a case study of Citi’s partnership with OPIC to develop new distribution models to access micro entrepreneurs in developing markets.

Working across Citi’s businesses, product groups and geographies, Citi Microfinance serves more than 140 microfinance institutions, networks and investors as clients and partners in 40 countries, with products and services spanning the financial spectrum – from financing, access to capital markets, transaction services and hedging foreign exchange risk, to credit, savings, remittances and insurance products - to expand access to financial services for the underserved. For more information, visit

# # #

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Additional information may be found at | Twitter: @Citi | YouTube: | Blog: | Facebook: | LinkedIn:

About OPIC

OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution.  It mobilizes private capital to help solve critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy.  Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. 

OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, guarantees, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds. Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 150 countries worldwide.

For more information please visit

About Bank of Georgia

Bank of Georgia is the leading Georgian bank, based on total assets (with a 34.7% market share), total loans (with a 34.0% market share) and total deposits (with a 31.4% market share) as of 30 June 2013, all data based on standalone financial information filed by banks in Georgia with the National Bank of Georgia. The Bank offers a broad range of corporate banking, retail banking, wealth management, brokerage and insurance services to its clients.

Bank of Georgia’s UK incorporated holding company Bank of Georgia Holdings plc is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange (BGEO:LN). Bank of Georgia remains to be the only Georgian entity to be rated by all three global rating agencies: ‘BB-/B’ from Standard & Poor’s, ‘B1/NP’ (FC) & ‘Ba3/NP’ (LC) from Moody’s and ‘BB-/B’ from Fitch Ratings.