Through a $200 million loan to PT Bank Shinhan Indonesia (BSI) — a corporate and retail finance bank in the country —IFC aims to boost sustainable financing while supporting the nation’s climate goals, including a first of its kind blue finance component.

IFC said in a statement on Wednesday that as part of the financing package, at least 40 percent proceeds will be directed towards green loans to support renewable energy, energy efficiency and green transport projects.

This is expected to reduce up to 86,703 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually by 2028.

Additionally, 15 percent proceed will be allocated to the blue component to fund projects in marine or water resources-related industries, while 20 percent proceeds will be set aside for the social component, providing critical support to thousands of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) over the next five years.

The remaining 25 percent will be assigned to any of the three segments.

As one of the world’s largest archipelagos, IFC said Indonesia is especially vulnerable to sea-level rise.

To manage climate risk, it said the nation has ambitiously pledged to reduce its greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 by 32 percent (with domestic resources) and up to 41 percent (with international support) compared with the business-as-usual scenario.

Against this backdrop, it said climate and MSME financing are two key drivers for Indonesia’s sustainable growth path. But both require significant investment.

While IFC estimates a $274 billion climate investment potential for the country between 2016 and 2030, the MSME financing gap is estimated to be $234 billion.

“We are committed to contributing to Indonesia’s Net Zero goal. This new transaction is significant as it lays the foundation for BSI’s long-term growth despite the challenges of raising dollar-denominated funds in Indonesia,

“We will continue to expand collaborations with IFC to promote sustainable finance,” said Hyung Hoe Koo, President Director of BSI.

According to the statement, the investment will follow IFC’s Guidelines for Blue Finance.

IFC’s support will also help BSI — a subsidiary of Shinhan Financial Group, the third largest commercial bank in South Korea and a leading financial institution in the environment, social, and governance (ESG) space in Asia Pacific — develop its blue finance strategy and green and blue financing framework.

“Expanding climate finance is key to achieving Indonesia’s Net Zero goal by 2060. The blue economy drives a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), while small businesses employ 97 percent of the workforce,

“This partnership will help further deepen and develop Indonesia’s sustainable finance market and catalyze new investments in key sectors to promote the country’s long-term growth,” said Euan Marshall, IFC’s Country Manager for Indonesia and Timor-Leste.

It is noted that IFC’s current financing package is the latest investment under the memorandum of understanding signed between IFC and Shinhan Financial Group in May 2023 to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments in emerging markets.

IFC said it is committed to supporting more thematic financing, creating a robust sustainable finance market, while supporting increased access to finance for MSMEs in Indonesia.

Since 1968, IFC has invested billions of dollars in the country with the total financing (including funds mobilized) exceeding $10 billion.

IFC — a member of the World Bank Group — is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets.

The orgnanization works in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries.

In fiscal year 2023, IFC committed a record $43.7 billion to private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity as economies grapple with the impacts of global compounding crises.

Bank Shinhan Indonesia is a subsidiary of Shinhan Bank, one of the leading commercial banks in South Korea.

Following the acquisition of Bank Metro Express (BME) and Centratama Nasional Bank (CNB), Bank Shinhan Indonesia was launched on March 4th, 2016.

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