The agreements consist of EUR 250 million in EIB loans and EUR 30 million in EIF guarantees. As the EIB partner banks will match the loan amount with an equivalent from their own resources, a total of EUR 500 million will be made available to SMEs.
This innovative SME funding instrument called the Greater Anatolia Guarantee Facility GAGF (Byyen Anadoluya Kredi Kolaylklar BAKK) was devised in partnership with the Republic of Turkey and the EU Commission and major Turkish banks. Initially launched in July by the Turkish Minister of Industry and Trade, Mr Nihat Ergn, it will provide tailor-made financial help to SMEs and micro-enterprises.
GAGF covers 43 of the least developed provinces in Turkey stretching from Kastamonu, Samsun, Kayseri and Kahramanmara to Kars and Van in the East of Turkey, home to 25% of the countrys SMEs, which receive only 10% of the countrys SME lending.
SMEs in these regions will benefit from loans and guarantees provided by the EIB Groups five partner banks in GAGF: Akbank, Denizbank, Halkbank, Vakfbank and Yap Kredi. The first-loss portfolio guarantees from the EIF are backed by EU funding from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance IPA. Additionally, micro-enterprises operating in these regions will benefit from a guarantee provided by the Kredi Garanti Fonu (KGF) for which a counter-guarantee is provided utilising IPA funds.
For EIB Vice-President Matthias Kollatz-Ahnen, This is a major milestone which demonstrates our commitment to Turkey and its regions. This innovative financing tool is the first-ever large-scale joint effort using EU and Turkish resources to boost cohesion in the country.
EIF Chief Executive Richard Pelly, added: The implementation of the programme in this part of Turkey is excellent news for the regions small businesses in need of financial support. We are partnering with an impressive group of financial institutions. I believe that this integrated GAGF programme will have a real impact on economic growth and job creation in the provinces targeted.
GAGF comprises three main pillars: The first is a counter-guarantee agreement for EUR 5 million with the Kredi Garanti Fonu (KGF), which aims to reach around 1,500 micro-enterprises in the target region through financial intermediaries. The second pillar, with a commitment of EUR 25 million, is a direct guarantee provided to five partner financial intermediaries, namely Akbank, Denizbank, Halkbank, Vakfbank and Yap Kredi, which aims to generate an overall, new SME portfolio of EUR 500 million in the target region. The third pillar comprises EUR 2 million earmarked for capacity-building and promotion of the facility. The EIB is contributing EUR 250 million in loans.
GAGF is sponsored by the IPA funds allocated for the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey and is managed by the European Investment Fund.