About WBEDIF

About WBEDIF

The Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation
Facility (WB EDIF), funded by the EU, aims at improving
access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) in the Western Balkans.
The Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation
Facility (WB EDIF), funded by the EU, aims at improving
access to finance for small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs) in the Western Balkans.

About WBEDIF

The Western Balkans Enterprise
Development & Innovation
Facility (WB EDIF), funded by the EU,
aims at improving access
to finance for small and medium-sized
enterprises (SMEs)
in the Western Balkans.
  • widening the scope for SME finance

  • boosting the participation of private sector actors

  • addressing the needs of the Western Balkans SME market

  • providing crucial technical assistance and support to policy makers and SMEs alike

  • increasing available funding and financial instruments

  • building up a local venture capital market

SMEs in the Western Balkans represent the backbone of the local economy. At the same time, they are very exposed to market developments and volatilities and are faced with challenges to obtain loans or investments .

The Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility addresses these needs by providing enhanced access to finance.

In addition, WB EDIF also aims to create a more favourable financing environment for SMEs and a sustainable equity market on the long-term. This includes the promotion of policy reforms to create the necessary political framework which supports SME financing.

WB EDIF Partners

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Mission statement

The Enlargement policy of the EU has seen its membership grow and expand since the 1958 Treaty of Rome and is considered as a cornerstone of EU integration. Over the years the EU has shown its continued commitment to the Western Balkans Region, whereby a key element for continued growth, expansion and success of its accession countries is investment. Under the Regional Economic Area, access to finance is a crucial step in sustaining and boosting the regional economy via its small and medium business owners which form the backbone of the economy.

The mission of the Western Balkans Enterprise Development & Innovation Facility (WB EDIF) is to support and enhance the private sector development of the region by providing both improved access to finance and access to support measures aimed at both SMEs as well as policy makers in the region. WB EDIF aims to adapt to market changes and condense the insight and expertise of its members to offer beneficial, comprehensive and complementary measures to the Western Balkans market.

Financial Instruments under WB EDIF

WB EDIF has been designed to offer complementary financial engineering instruments addressing the entire range of SME financing needs in the Western Balkans. The Facility consists of four different pillars:

1st Pillar: SME Equity Financing

WB EDIF offers two equity funds aimed at early stage innovation companies (the Enterprise Innovation Fund) and later stage companies in their expansion phase (Enterprise Expansion Fund)

138m € 39m € 3,914
Facility size deployed as of December 2017 jobs supported
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2nd Pillar: SME Loan Guarantee

WB EDIF offers also a guarantee instrument whereby a portion of the risk incurred by banks is covered (by EIF) when extending loans to SMEs – this risk coverage enables the banks therefore to provide financing at beneficial terms, such as via lower collateral and interest rates.

335m € 206.9m € 34,825
Facility size deployed as of December 2017 jobs supported
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3rd Pillar: SME Lending

…COMING SOON…

WB EDIF’s newest edition to the Platform is its Lending Pillar. This shall become active soon with the on-boarding of EBRD’s Competitveness Programme, offering dedicated credit lines and technical assistance to partner financial institutions and SMEs.

 

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4th Pillar: Support Services

In order to offer a holistic approach to private sector development, WB EDIF also houses a wide range of support mechanisms which work together with the financial instruments to enhance the emergence and growth of innovative and high-potential SMEs in the region.

Support Services projects deployed by the EIB, EBRD, World Bank and OECD tackle various areas in need of assistance, in order to create a favourable investment climate and sustainable market conditions to really allow SMEs to thrive.

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WB EDIF partners

WB EDIF is a joint initiative of the EU, International Financial Institutions (IFIs), bilateral partners and the public institutions of the Western Balkans economies. Via this structure, WB EDIF leverages upon the expertise of 27 international, regional and local market players. These include the EIB, EIF, EBRD, World Bank, OECD, KfW, DEG, OeEB and the Italian Republic.

The WB EDIF Platform Advisory Group (PAG)

The general governance of the WB EDIF is entrusted to the WB EDIF Platform Advisory Group (PAG) consisting of members from the relevant International Financial Institutions, bilateral donors and public institutions of the Western Balkans region, in capacities of both voting members as well as observers.

The PAG convenes at least twice per calendar year in order to discuss relevant key matters of the WBEDIF, to give strategic direction and to decide on certain matters in relation to the management of the WBEDIF.

WB EDIF and the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF)

WB EDIF is the first regional initiative focusing on SMEs which is channeled through the Western Balkan Investment Framework (WBIF).

WBIF supports socio-economic development and EU accession across the Western Balkans by providing finance and technical assistance for strategic investments, particularly in infrastructure, energy efficiency and private sector development.

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