IFC, Rwanda Capital Market Authority and Central Bank join forces to boost access to long-term finance for small businesses

On 23 August 2021 at 09:31

To support the development of Rwanda’s capital markets, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), National Bank of Rwanda and Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) recently on 18th August 2021 announced a four-year partnership that will help expand access to long-term local currency finance in Rwanda for key sectors such as housing, agribusiness, and smaller businesses.

Liquid, diverse and well-regulated local capital markets are an essential source of local-currency financing for the government, financial sector participants, and end users such as small businesses.

Under the Rwanda Capital Market Development project, IFC will advise the National Bank of Rwanda, CMA, and other key stakeholders on increasing secondary market liquidity in the government debt market, increasing the supply and issuance of non-government bonds, and developing a professional investor base.

The statement released recently shows that IFC will also provide advice on adopting appropriate investment guidelines and help assess the potential for alternative investment vehicles and instruments to mobilize long-term financing for key sectors.

While Rwanda’s capital market has developed a basic enabling regulatory framework since its inception in 2007, it requires further development to enable more issuance of securities and strengthen the capacity of market players, intermediaries, investors and issuers.

Commenting on the development, John Rwangombwa, the Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda said: "IFC’s support will enable the local capital market industry to play a key role in supporting Rwanda’s economic development by improving the framework for money markets and government securities markets, among others. Strengthening the financial management and governance of businesses will benefit the banks that lend to them and enable them to access capital markets for funding.”

Eric Bundugu, Ag. Executive Director of the Rwanda Capital Market Authority stressed that the Rwanda Capital Market Development project will contribute to further developing the local capital market industry by making it more diverse and liquid.

He however highlighted that tapping into the Rwandan capital markets as an essential source of local currency financing for both the private sector and government ’requires the development of financing techniques and instruments that meet the requirements of capital market investors’.

Dan Kasirye, IFC’s Resident Representative for Rwanda also stated that the support will be allocated to key sectors driving economic development.

"Through the Rwanda Capital Market Development project, IFC will support the creation of a solid enabling environment for crowding in private sector finance into key sectors for economic development. Better developed domestic capital markets can help allocate investment more efficiently and allow for better risk-sharing, while providing an alternative funding source to complement bank financing," he noted.

The initiative follows IFC’s support in 2008 to CMA and other key stakeholders under the Efficient Securities Markets Institutional Development Africa program to help improve local expertise and design effective environments for mobilizing long-term capital.

About the Rwanda Capital Market Authority

CMA is a Rwandan public institution responsible for developing and regulating the capital markets industry, collective investment schemes (CIS), commodities exchange and related contracts as well as warehouse receipts system. The CMA continues to maintain a conducive legal and regulatory environment to enable Rwanda’s economy to access long-term funding through the capital markets as well as ensuring investor protection. For more information, visit https://www.cma.rw/index.php?id=2

About the National Bank of Rwanda

BNR is the Central Bank of the Republic of Rwanda. BNR supervises and regulates the activities of financial institutions: banks, micro finance institutions, insurance companies, social security institutions and pension funds institutions.

BNR also issues government securities on behalf of the Government of Rwanda. It further houses the Central Securities Depository (CSD) for the Rwandan market. For more information, visit https://www.bnr.rw

About IFC

IFC—a member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than 100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2020, we invested $22 billion in private companies and financial institutions in developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit www.ifc.org

Through the Rwanda Capital Market Development project, IFC is expected to support the creation of a solid enabling environment for crowding in private sector finance into key sectors for economic development.