PRINT

Sri Lanka: COVID-19 Emergency and Crisis Response Facility

SUMMARY

STATUS
Approved
MEMBER
Sri Lanka
SECTOR
Finance / Liquidity
E&S CATEGORY
FI
PROJECT NUMBER
000408

FINANCING

APPROVED FUNDING
USD180 million
FINANCING TYPE
Sovereign

TIMELINE

APPRAISAL REVIEW/FINAL REVIEW
December 2020
FINANCING APPROVAL
February 25, 2021

OBJECTIVE

To support and increase the supply of liquidity to corporate and small-medium sized private enterprises in Sri Lanka affected by the economic upheaval due to the coronavirus disease pandemic.

DESCRIPTION

The project will be supported by two sovereign-backed loans, one to each of two state-owned banks, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) and People’s Bank (PB). The project will address the urgent need for liquidity by providing credit to corporates and small and medium-sized private enterprises (SMEs). These companies are facing short-term funding challenges due to the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and the continued provision of credit is necessary to support the productive capacity of the country.  

BOC and PB will on-lend the proceeds to corporates and SMEs in the form of short-term working capital loans. Sri Lanka will be the guarantor of the loans.  

This project will be processed under the AIIB’s COVID-19 Recovery Facility (CRF), a framework designed to assist members in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL INFORMATION

AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP), including the Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) and Environmental and Social Exclusion List (ESEL), applies to this project.  

The project has been categorized as Category FI. An Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS), which BOC and PB will be required to apply to AIIB-financed subprojects, is in place as a result of an existing ADB-supported project. The ESMS of each borrowing bank will be updated to comply with the ESP and will be used as the Project’s environmental and social (ES) instruments. During due diligence, the Project Team confirmed that the ESMS is functioning at both banks and that they will update their respective ESMS to align and comply with AIIB’s ESP.  

The Loans will only finance working capital sub-loans covering the payment of operating expenses, short-term non-financial assets (inventories, trade receivables) and short-term non-financial liabilities. The following will be excluded from eligibility for AIIB financing: refinancing of existing loans; sub-loans for modernization, rehabilitation or expansion of existing business or new initiatives; any Category A activities and other higher ES risk activities (i.e., activities that may potentially result in (i) land acquisition or involuntary resettlement, (ii) risk of adverse impacts on Indigenous Peoples and/or vulnerable groups, (iii) significant risks to or impacts on the environment, community health and safety, biodiversity, and cultural resources, (iv) significant retrenchment, and/or (iv) significant occupational health and safety risks).  

The ES risks of activities financed under the project are expected to mostly be Category C and readily addressed through standard mitigation measures and compliance with the national laws. Social risks may arise from the project’s focus on large corporates and the challenge of providing SMEs in rural areas with less connectivity with equal access to funding under the Project.  

Communities and individuals who believe that they are adversely affected as a result of this project may submit complaints to the existing project level (at head-offices of BOC and PB) and sub-project level (at each of the participating bank branches) grievance redress mechanisms (GRMs) that have already been set up by BOC and PB under their enhanced ESMS.

PROJECT TEAM LEADER

Neeraj Jain

Senior Investment Officer

neeraj.jain@aiib.org

BORROWER

The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Ajith Abeysekera

Director General,
External Resources Department,
Ministry of Finance

dg@erd.gov.lk

 

Bank of Ceylon

R M N Jeewantha

Acting Deputy General Manager - International, Treasury & Investment

dgmiti@boc.lk

 

People’s Bank

Clive Fonseka

Head of Treasury & Investment Banking

clivef@peoplesbank.lk

 

Home Projects Project Summary Project List Project Details Sri Lanka: COVID-19 Emergency and Crisis Response Facility