BAC San José gets $20 million for small and medium business loans

The Inter-American Investment Corp. and Banco BAC San José, S.A. have signed an agreement for a revolving credit of up to $20 million, which will provide financing to over 260 small and medium-sized enterprises in Costa Rica.

With this financing, BAC San José will diversify its funding sources and provide medium- and long-term subloans to small and medium-sized enterprises in productive sectors such as commerce, industry, services, tourism, and agroindustry, as well as the export sector. The credit will give preferential financing to clients committed to energy efficiency and technologies for the reduction of carbon emissions.

“The IIC and Banco BAC San José have a long history of collaboration and together have given over 600 Costa Rican SMEs access to medium-term financing,” noted Laura Oradei-Bayz, chief of the Investment Corp.’s Portfolio Management Division. “Through this credit facility we are reaffirming our commitment to continue helping SMEs grow and prosper in an economically and socially sustainable manner in an increasingly competitive market.”

Gerardo Corrales, executive vice president of BAC San José, added, “We are honored that the IIC continues to put its trust in our organization, not only through financing but also as a strategic partner for the implementation of its technical assistance programs in Central America. We hope to continue strengthening this relationship to foster growth, development, and job creation in Costa Rica’s SMEs.”

With over 25 years’ experience in the market, Banco BAC San José is Costa Rica’s largest private bank. It provides universal banking financial services to local customers and offers residential mortgage loans, personal and corporate loans, and loans to small and medium-sized enterprises. BAC San José, part of the BAC Credomatic group, with operations throughout Central America, is an indirect subsidiary of Colombia’s Banco de Bogotá S.A.

This project is the third one by the Investment Corp. with BAC San José. The first one, a loan approved in 2009, benefited 383 small and medium-sized enterprises, and the second, a loan approved the following year, assisted another 221.

The Inter-American Investment Corp., a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, promotes private-sector development in Latin America and the Caribbean with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.

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