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Diamond Bank gets $30m loan from IFC


July  5, 2005/Source BusinessinAfrica



The International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, signed an agreement to provide a seven-year loan of up to $30 million to Diamond Bank Plc, one of Nigeria’s leading banks.

This second loan raises IFC’s total investment in Diamond Bank to $50 million. The bank will use it to increase its medium- to long-term funding for local private investment clients.

Jyrki Koskelo, IFC’s Director for Global Financial Markets, said, “IFC’s second loan to Diamond Bank is a signal of our confidence in this firm and in Nigeria’s financial sector. Diamond Bank has played an important role in expanding banking services in Nigeria, and we are confident it can continue this role,” he added.

Richard Ranken, Director of IFC’s Sub-Saharan Africa Department said, “ This investment is a testament to our successful relationship with Diamond Bank. It consolidates our partnership in anticipation of a new era for Nigeria’s banking sector.” He added that the bank has played a major role in developing excellence in banking services throughout Nigeria.

“ We welcome this further loan from IFC, which will strengthen our business in the corporate and commercial segments,” said Pascal Dozie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank. “This is a critical period for the Nigerian financial sector, and our well-established partnership with IFC will be important in helping us compete effectively in the future.”

Established in 1991 the Diamond Bank is one of the largest and most successful banks in Nigeria. With 53 branches around the country, it provides a full range of banking services to local small and medium enterprises and corporate clients. from April 2005, Diamond Bank’s total assets and total shareholders’ funds stood at $950 million and $160 million respectively.

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