ECOWAS Bank for Investment raises authorised capital to $3.5bn

The Board of Governors of the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) has unanimously increased the Bank’s authorised capital from $1.5 billion to $3.5 billion effective January 2023.

The Governors also called for the third tranche of the capital of the bank totalling $438 million.

The Board of Governors, which comprises the Ministers of Finance and Ministers of Planning and Development of the 15 ECOWAS Member States, took this decision at its just-ended 10th Extraordinary session held on 27th October 2022 in Praia, Republic of Cabo Verde.

The President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of EBID, Dr. George Agyekum Donkor, made this disclosure immediately after the session.

…there is a need for the bank to improve leverage, capital adequacy, liquidity, and the overall risk-bearing capacity.

According to Dr. Donkor, the decision by the Governors was very strategic and timely especially as the bank intensifies its resources mobilisation initiatives and seeks to position itself as the foremost regional development finance institution committed to playing a key and expansive role in assisting ECOWAS Member States.

This, he said, will help members to navigate the path to socio-economic recovery from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian – Ukraine war.

Outlining the justifications for the Governors’ decision, Donkor emphasised the need for the bank to improve leverage, capital adequacy, liquidity, and the overall risk-bearing capacity.

He further underscored the need for the bank to be abreast with industry trends and improve its rating. According to the President of EBID, calling the third tranche of the bank’s capital will no doubt enhance the Bank’s capacity to grant concessionary resources to Member States in order to accelerate economic recovery.

The Chairman of the Board of Governors, who is also the Vice-Prime Minister of Finance and Business Development and Minister of Digital Economy of the Republic of Cabo Verde, Dr. Olavo Avelino Garcia Correia, commended the EBID President and his team for the remarkable and exceptional performance within a short time.

This, he said, has led to impressive operational and financial performance of the bank and the eventual upgrade of the bank’s rating by both Moody’s and Fitch rating agencies.

He urged the Management of the Bank not to rest on its oars but strive to obtain investment grade in order to attract competitive resources for ECOWAS Member States. EBID is a leading regional investment and development bank, owned by the 15 ECOWAS Member States, namely, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo.

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