3rd November, 2015, Nairobi: Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Chase Bank Kenya have today signed a credit line valued at 10 Million Euros (approximately Ksh 1.12 Billion) to finance Green Energy Projects in Kenya. AFD was represented by the Director East Africa Regional Office Mr Boudot, while Chase Bank Kenya was represented by the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Paul Njaga. The ceremony was also witnessed by the French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E. Rémi Maréchaux.
The credit line has been availed to Chase Bank Kenya for onward lending to businesses that wish to invest in renewable energy technologies projects (small hydro, biomass, biogas, solar, geothermal) as well as energy efficiency measures.
The credit line also comes with a technical assistance program that will be managed by Kenya Association of Manufacturers. This will help the bank improve their knowledge on lending to and involvement in sustainable energy projects. In addition, Kenya Association of Manufactures will assist the projects sponsors on feasibility studies and technical support.
“This technical and financial offer is therefore particularly important to bring additional solutions to achieve the diversification of energy resources in the East African region and help the region to transition towards sustainable energy solutions that are technically, economically and financially viable” stated Mr. Boudot of AFD.
France, through AFD, is a key partner of Kenya in the energy sector and intervenes in all sub-sectors, i.e., generation, transmission, distribution and demand-side management. This additional programme increases its commitment in the energy sector to 670 MEUR and supports the Vision 2030 and Kenyan public policy without burdening the Government of Kenya, with additional debt.
The Group AFD, through PROPARCO is already an important partner of Chase Bank. In 2013, PROPARCO extended a 40 Million USD credit line to Chase Bank Kenya to strengthen its long-term resources and to support the sustainability of its organic growth, with a focus on the SME consumer segment.
Paul Njaga commenting on the partnership mentioned “the funds will be available at competitive rates to eligible customers investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects through all Chase Bank branches. This is a 12 Year facility and will therefore address long term funding requirements of energy projects.” “The total committed amount is EUR 30 Million, of which EUR10 Million will be available immediately for lending” Njaga added.
Moreover, Amethis Finance, a French private financial company specializing in long-term responsible financing in Africa, is an equity investor in Chase Bank having injected 10.5 Million USD with a sitting board representative Laurent Demey. In 2015, Amethis Finance increased its capital investment in Chase Bank with an additional EUR 1.6m as part of its commitment and support one of the most innovative and rapidly growing Kenyan banks.
Chase Bank Kenya on the other hand is one of the fastest growing banks in Kenya. With a network of over 50 branches, Chase Bank has a very dynamic market positioning including its historical performance, both in terms of collecting deposits for granting loans exceeding the local banking industry performance without altering the quality of the assets that remain fundamentally sound.
For the year 2015, Chase Bank Kenya has already onward lent about 20 billion Kenya Shillings to SMEs, most of which have been through concessional lending or collateral-free loans.
The AFD credit line that will be signed today for the phase 2 of the programme is the first in a series of relationship with five Kenyan banks.
AFD will also develop this financial scheme in Tanzania and Uganda.
For more information, please contact:
Chase Bank of Kenya
Mrs Magdalene Mulandi
Head of Brand
Tel: (254) 20 277 4000
Riverside Mews, Junction of Ring Rd,Riverside, P.O. Box: 66049-00800 Westlands, Nairobi
Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
Mrs Diane Jegam
Nairobi Regional Office
Tel: (254) 20 271 84 52 / 57
Fax: (254) 20 271 79 88
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Top Plaza, Kidaruma Road
PO Box 45955 - 00100 Nairobi
Kenya association of Manufacturers (KAM)
Mrs Phyllis Wakiaga
Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (+254-20) 3744886,3744634,37460222
Mwanzi Rd, Off Peponi Rd, Westlands
PO Box 30225 – 00100 Nairobi