Source: European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank (EIB) signed with Fransabank SAL, the fifth banking group in Lebanon, a financing agreement for USD 24 million to support the construction of a Greenfield glass container manufacturing plant in Lebanon. The EIB financing, comes in the context of the Bank’s Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI). The project will create 620 jobs in a rural area of Lebanon and will support diversification of the region’s economy towards manufacturing.
“The project will restore the former glass container production industry, a key part of the Lebanese agro-industry value chain. It will reduce reliance on imports and strengthen local production. The EIB is pleased to support this landmark project, together with Fransabank SAL, its local banking partner” said Dario Scannapieco, Vice President of the European Investment Bank.
The Bank of the European Union has been stepping up its support to the Lebanese private sector by investing in necessary infrastructure projects and improving companies access to finance.
This project will complement the EIB’s pledge of EUR 800m made during the Cèdre Conference in Paris to boost the Lebanese economy.
Fransabank has been pursuing during the last decade a development strategy aiming to boost the private sector’s investments. The Bank is supporting rural and socio-economic development, focusing on job creation, youth, education for all, financial inclusion, sustainable finance and women empowerment. It is also heavily encouraging the local industry to reduce imports and enhance Lebanese exports.
Deputy Chairman Adel Kassar said “Supporting Lebanese enterprises, particularly the Glasspack project, through improved access to long-term finance at favourable conditions falls within our core strategy to actively contribute to the development of the private sector in Lebanon and the increase of employment opportunities. We are very glad to finance this project which is indeed a landmark one that will definitely boost the local industry. Our longstanding and privileged relationship with the EIB has helped us achieving our goals in this respect”.
EIB in the region
The EIB’s Economic Resilience Initiative (ERI), approved by the EU Member States in 2016, consists of an integrated package of loans, concessional finance and innovative instruments designed to enable financing of an additional EUR 15 billion of investments on top of schemes already planned.