DFC pledges a US$300mil loan to VPBank to promote sustainable finance

DFC pledges a US0mil loan to VPBank to promote sustainable finance

The loan aims at improving Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises’ (SMEs) access to finance, especially women-owned, women-led, and climate-focused SMEs, in Vietnam.

The signing ceremony took place at VPBank’s headquarters in Hanoi, under the witness of US Ambassador to Vietnam Marc Knapper, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, DFC CEO Scott Nathan, and VPBank Chairman Ngo Chi Dzung, along with other leaders of both organizations.

The signing ceremony took place within the framework of the official visit of US President Joe Biden to Vietnam on September 10-11, 2023, on the 10th anniversary of Vietnam-U.S. comprehensive partnership, demonstrating the two countries’ positive and increasingly tightened cooperative relationship in many areas.

The $300-million loan comes with a seven-year tenor. This loan will serve as an important source of financing to help strengthen VPBank’s capital base, which in turn will promote sustainable lending activities in line with the bank’s growth strategy. These include supporting SMEs, women-owned or women-led SMEs, as well as shifting the bank’s portfolios towards climate-focused and low-carbon technology projects.  

Over the past years, VPBank has always been one of the leading banks in Vietnam that move ahead with environmental, social and climate contribution through developing and acting on a sustainable and consistent financial development strategy with clear awareness of accountable lending principles. 

The approval of the loan from DFC, a US government agency with international standards and prudent credit appraisal standards and processes, to VPBank has once again affirmed VPBank’s position as the market-leading commercial bank in Vietnam.

VPBank has been able to secure a number of large-sized syndicated loans worth over a billion of USD since 2020 from reputable lenders worldwide. In particular, VPBank has lately fruitfully mobilized a $500-million syndicated loan at the end of 2022 with five reputable financial institutions, namely the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), ANZ Bank and Maybank Securities Pte. Ltd.

DFC, the US government’s development finance institution, was established in 2019 under the Better Utilization of Investments Leading to Development (BUILD) Act and focuses on bringing private capital to the developing world. DFC’s mission is to promote US diplomatic policies and catalyze investment in private sector-led development. 

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